Beyond the Sea Gallery-Café will help launch the BelfastArts Friday Gallery Walks 2010 with a 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4 pink champagne reception for Maine native Jude Nickerson, whose “Monhegan Plein Air and Studio Paintings” will show through Tuesday, June 15.

Special interest in plein air painting takes Nickerson to summer visits on Monhegan Island, and her sense of place is fortified by frequently sailing along the Maine coast and trips to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Pacific Northwest. She considers her style as “poetic expressionist.”

A graduate of the Maine College of Art, Nickerson is a past recipient of the Maine State Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as other grants and awards.

Complimentary fare will be offered those who attend. For more information, call 338-2100. Beyond the Sea is located downtown at 74 Main St.

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