SPRUCE HEAD — The Craignair Gallery, 5 Third St., invites the public to a holiday open house Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of “Tide to “Pine,” a photographic exhibition by Justin Smulski and works by Clark Island artists Shelley Nolan, fused glass; Susan Baines, small form; Mary Gaudette, nature photography; and Lesley Dangerfield and Gayle Bedigian, ceramics. Refreshments provided.

As a freelance photographer, Smulski’s stunning photography addresses what it means to live, explore and work in Maine from the perspective of one who is “from away.” Hailing from suburban New Hampshire, the photographer eventually moved to Washington D.C., Boston and finally Portland, Maine. Upon thoughtful consideration of the differing cultural views of Maine inhabitants, Smulski said, “My photography is about ditching those unhelpful monoliths and building a shared vocabulary of exploration. There is a thoughtfulness, intimate and deeply honest, to how we orient ourselves in relation to the places we are drawn to for solitude and exploration.” Indeed, his photographs memorialize Maine’s supremely beautiful woods, waters, mountains and coastlines in a way that provides deeper understanding of the connective tissue that ties together urban and rural communities.

“Tide to Pine” is on exhibit through Tuesday, January 3. Works by Clark Island artists remain on exhibit throughout the year. The Craignair Gallery is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact innkeeper@craignair.com or visit craignair.com/gallery.