First Light Gallery artists will present new works at an opening reception Friday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the artists will be available to share their works and their inspiration. The show will remain on exhibit until June 4 at First Light Gallery, located at the main downtown corner with an entrance under the green awning on High Street.

Dan Bennett exhibits his exquisite gold and silver jewelry using Maine tourmaline, pearls, jasper, amethyst and other gems he often facets himself. His Fiddlehead earrings are always a spring treat. Kay Sullivan presents drawings of trees, flowers and Maine’s special places in graphite and pastels on paper and birch panels. Leigh Butler displays her unique vision of Maine vistas and waterways in rich pastel; her works often have rays of Maine’s beautiful light illuminating a river, a mountain or an old building.

Becky Whight presents vibrant and atmospheric paintings of the sea and land that capture the essence of Maine, complete with waves, seagulls and figures looking out to sea. Her works are done in acrylics on canvas; also available are her prints, cards and narrative dolls.  Lucinda Talbot exhibits a new line of decorative boxes embellished with beads, stones and shells, as well as landscapes and seascapes in acrylic, collage and egg tempera. She presents many of her images on cards, prints, ceramic tiles and glass cutting boards. Tom Prescott works in a style he calls Symmetry and his paintings are bright, vibrant and many-layered. The gallery is carrying his new book of many of his favorite images. Guest member Eric Leppanen displays several of his large abstracts that reveal depth, motion and vibrant enthusiasm.

Everyone is invited to join the gallery artists to celebrate the seasonal renewal and us spring into summer. Gallery hours are Tuesdays noon to 4 p.m.; and Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Beginning in June, the gallery will be open every Friday night until 8 p.m. for the city’s gallery walks.

For more information, call 338-3626; visit firstlightgallery.me; or send e-mail to ltalbot@midmaine.com. First Light Gallery has several full and half spaces available for artists interested in the rent and work opportunity.

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