The downtown Belfast Art Walk Friday, July 9 will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees may visit the 19 participating galleries and studios; listen and watch musicians, dancers and performers in the street; and experience the diverse art the city has to offer. Many locations will be hosting openings and receptions.

The participating galleries and studios are Waterfall Arts, Off the Beaten Path Gallery, Daniel Anselmi at 75 Main Street Studio, First Light Gallery, High Street Studio and Gallery, Roots & Tendrils, Brambles, Art Alliance Gallery, Aarhus Gallery, Beyond the Sea, Belfast Co-op Café Gallery, Image Box Photos, Parent Gallery, Ben Hall at 960 Studio, Galerie Dufour, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Dina Petrillo at the Post Office Studio Workshop, Susan Cooney Fine Art Studio and Maine Farmland Trust.

There will be live performances on the streets and around town, adding a lively and festive atmosphere. Performers will be the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, hoop and Buugeng performer Jenny Carr and poet Dave Morrison, accompanied by drummer Jeffery Densmore.

The 2010 Art Walk Map can be found in many locations around town or by visiting artsbelfast.com. Belfast Art Walks are held every Friday in July and August, then first Fridays through December. Belfast Art Walks are made possible by the support of Bangor Savings Bank and Bluestreak.

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