The fourth annual Branching Out Mentoring Project exhibition will open Friday, March 5 in the Clifford Gallery of Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. the public is invited to a reception for all the artists, their families and friends from 5 to 8 p.m.

Young artists and their artist mentors worked together using photography, video, clay, painting, drawing, sculpture and fiber arts to create work on this year’s theme, “Taking Wing.” The mentors worked with the young artists in their chosen discipline, providing some direction, collaboration, technical expertise and advice and encouragement.

This year’s young artist-mentor pairs are Seth Whited and Emma Bonneville; Kenny Cole and Lizzie Cox; Josh Povec and Emma Hamm; Katie Wadsworth and Chelsea Porter; Dan Clarke and Hila Shooter; Chuck Hamm and Rachael Kahn; Karen Jelenfy and Katie Wollfrum; and Russell Kahn and Tom Young.

Each pair came up with different interpretations of the theme. Some focused on birds in flight, fabricating nests and illustrating avian predators, while other pairs were out at dawn shooting Belfast harbor and the horizon in 360 degrees. The resulting exhibit, on display through April 23, promises to be fresh and exciting.

Waterfall Arts’ Branching Out program is supported by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The program continues to inspire willingness in both the mentors and young artists to dedicate many hours to their investigations of the theme, creating pieces that bring the idea to life.

Waterfall Arts Belfast gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and by appointment. For more information, call 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org.

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