ROCKLAND — Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery hosts an art opening featuring two local artists Friday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The late John Bisignano (1929-2021) of Owls Head used art to communicate the abundant beauty in the organization and forms of nature. This show brings a unique perspective to the viewer of the beauty that is the Midcoast. Bisignano’s creations are outside of the norm and bring a sense of surprise and wonderment. Bisignano grew up in abject poverty, yet kept his passion for art alive. In mid-life he moved to Midcoast Maine. Before his death, he set up a memorial scholarship fund through Maine Community Foundation for students who wish to pursue art education. Sales of art pieces in this exhibition will support this fund.

Heather Burgess of Searsport is a stained glass artist. She gravitates toward nature and free formed objects; very rarely will you see her frame something. Her show is a mixture of sea life and avian pieces. Burgess is a traveling veterinarian technician by day and a stained glass artist by night. Her aspiration is to own a little glass shop by the ocean. She has a supportive family of a husband, two children and five cats.

This art show is on display through Dec. 3 (which is a holiday open house) at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. The galleries are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October. All art sales support both the artists and the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information, email or call 207-594-0600, ext. 5114.

Heather Burgess’ “Cormorant” lights up in the sunlight streaming through the window.

“Bait Shop” by John Bisignano.

This stained glass “Sea Star” by Heather Burgess is mounted on a piece of driftwood.