The public is invited to an art opening Thursday evening, Jan. 21 at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, Route 3. The Hutchinson Center will host a special opening of a photo display in the Fernald Art Gallery from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

The photo exhibition highlights the Sheepscot River Headwaters in Montville. Buck O’Herin, Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance’s executive director, will introduce the exhibit. The exhibit is part of a campaign by the SWLA to acquire the 410-acre Whitten Hill property in Montville. The long-term goal of the project is to connect existing conservation lands with additional conserved lands to create a protected area of 10,000 acres in Waldo County.

The photo exhibit highlighting the Sheepscot River Headwaters in Montville will remain on display during through February. It features photos by six local photographers and the design work of Carol Gillette. A six-minute, continuous loop slideshow also can be seen.

The campaign has raised nearly 98 percent of the needed funds. To learn more about the Whitten Hill campaign, visit swlamaine.org or call 589-3230.

The UMaine Hutchinson Center opened the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery last summer and offers the space to local artists and exhibitors offering art displays that would be of interest to the public. Those interested in an application to exhibit in the Fernald Art Gallery should contact Andrea Rouillard at 338-8049 or toll-free at (800) 753-9044; or send e-mail to Andrea_Rouillard@umit.maine.edu.

Refreshments will be served. During the opening. Visitors also may check out the brand new “Two Rivers” stained glass exhibit in the atrium, a Percent for Art commission by Janet Redfield.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.