The Friday Gallery Walk Friday, July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. offers the opportunity to visit 19 participating galleries and studios, as well as listen and watch musicians, dancers and performers in the downtown streets.

Many locations will be hosting openings and receptions. 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 to add a lively and festive atmosphere. Performers this week will include musician Scot Cannon; dancers Heléna Melone and Shana Bloomstein; and actor Beverly Mann. Cannon has been performing for more than 30 years. He performs his own acoustic versions of jazz and pop standards. He also sings from his collection of mildly sarcastic and moving, original songs.

Melone, international performer and teacher, has studied flamenco and Roman dance with Roma “gypsies” in Spain and Turkey. She is a juried arts educator for the Maine Arts Commission and dance instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy; and she teaches at studios throughout Midcoast Maine. Her knowledge of dance has been featured in articles in Oprah Magazine and the book “Flamenco Academy.”

Bloomstein is a dancer from Freedom who has studied and taught in New York City and as far as Sengal, West Africa. She performed as an original member of Nia Love’s modern dance company, Blacksmith’s Daughter, for four years; and served as a rehearsal director, taught company classes and performed at Broadway Dance Center. Since moving back to Maine, she has taught throughout the state and to all levels and ages. She is the producer of Women’s Works, an annual collaboration of female choreographers and performers, and teaches dance at Belfast Dance Studio and Unity College.

Mann is an actress, mask theater performer/educator and mask-maker. She has performed in more than 40 states and in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Mann has taught numerous workshops and residencies in mask making, mask theater techniques and theater improvisation.

The 2010 Gallery Walk Map can be found in many locations around town or by visiting Belfast Gallery Walks are on the first Friday of the month from June to December and every Friday night in July and August. They are made possible by the generous 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