An opening reception for “Chicken Fried Steak,” a show of watercolor and ink works by Maine artist and musician Wesley Allen Hartley, will take place at Roots & Tendrils, 2 Cross St., Friday, March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Following the reception, Hartley and his alt-country band The Traveling Trees will perform. This is a rare opportunity to experience both Hartley the artist and the Hartley the musician simultaneously.

Hartley’s watercolors and ink illustrations cover many subjects including memories from time spent on the road, imagined places and humorous situations. Also prevalent in Hartley’s art is his southern upbringing. He may live in Maine, but his roots are deep in Texas.

Hartley’s distinct voice and songwriting have manifested in many forms including Portland indie rock group Dead End Armory. His newest project, alt-country group Wesley Allen Hartley and the Traveling Trees, is driven by Hartley’s Texas drawl and lyrics that walk a fine line between heartwarming and heartbreaking. Other band members include bassist Leslie Dean (also a former Dead End Armory member), Jon Donnell, Derek Renolds and SK Green.

“Chicken Fried Steak” will remain on display at Roots & Tendrils for the month of March. The opening reception is free and open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested for the live music portion of the evening.

For more information, visit or call 338-5225. Hartley’s artist blog is at To listen to Wesley Allen Hartley and the Traveling Trees, visit

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