On Saturday, April 17, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition, “Four in Maine: Site Specific,” which will showcase the work of Kazumi Hoshino, Jesse Salisbury, Warren Seelig and Aaron T Stephan.

The second in a program of annual exhibitions devoted to artists working in Maine, the 2010 show focuses on sculpture, with each of the chosen artists creating a site-specific work, with sites both inside and outside the museum. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by an online catalog, will run through December.

Japanese-born Hoshino and her husband Jesse Salisbury both work in stone from their Steuben home and studio. Hoshino completed rigorous art training in Japan before gravitating toward sculpture. She now expresses ideas concerning abstraction of material, organic form and formal elements through direct stone carving. Salisbury is organizer of the Schoodic Sculpture Symposiums and works in massive granite or basalt boulders from the area. While he and his wife share workshop facilities, their working methods and concepts are very different.

Seelig lives and maintains a studio in Rockland. Through his work, Seelig explores the ambiguous relationship between material and light and shadow, transforming textile from the literal to the metaphorical. His work has been shown internationally in more than 30 museums and galleries.

Stephan creates site-specific works that interact with the environment. The many unfolding levels of literal meaning of his work provoke a larger dialogue on art and perception than is perhaps possible in a gallery setting. Stephan resides in Portland and has completed public art commissions nationwide.

The opening of “Four in Maine: Site Specific” will be celebrated at a Live at Night at the Farnsworth party at the museum Friday, April 16. There will be a members-only preview and reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a free public party from 7 to 8 p.m. The primary sponsors of Live at Night at the Farnsworth are Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup.

In association with this exhibition, there will be artists talks on two consecutive Wednesdays, at 5:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium. On July 7, Seelig and Stephan will talk about their work, followed on July 15 by Hoshino and Salisbury. The cost for each of these talks is $10, $8 for museum members. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Education Department at 596-0949.

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