The Belfast Gallery Walk continues with another packed night of art and entertainment Friday, July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Along with a chance to visit galleries and studios, activities include live performances on the streets by local dancers, musicians, poets and actors.

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.

Performers on July 30 include dancers Shana Bloomstein and Jesse Phillips-Fein; musician David Lewis; and Belfast Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster. Bloomstein and Phillips-Fein will explore a fusion of movements in a modern dance pas de deux. The dancers will be utilizing all of Main Street, highlighting the galleries and studios as they travel as a pair as well as separating and meeting throughout the night.

Phillips-Fein is a Brooklyn, N.Y. native. She grew up dancing at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, received a bachelor of arts degree in dance and anthropology from Smith College in Massachusetts and a diploma from the Laban Centre in London. Since returning to New York in 2001, her choreography has been produced at many venues there and supported with grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Dance Theater Workshop, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Puffin Foundation. Phillips-Fein currently studies Cuban dance with Richard Gonzalez and Haitian dance with Peniel Guerrier. She teaches middle and high school dance at the Brooklyn Friends School.

Bloomstein is a dancer from Freedom that 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. Her experience and extensive international travel contribute to her unique style of dance. Since moving back to Maine, she has taught throughout the state and to all levels and ages. Bloomstein 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.

North Carolina native Lewis started playing guitar as a teenager. He went to music school for a while, and then played French horn in a United States Navy Band. He enjoyed several years playing pedal steel and bass in rock, country and jazz bands before coming home to acoustic music in the early 1990s. In addition to playing solo, Lewis also performs in the Belmont-based bluegrass band Free Seedlings.

Buckmaster’s poetry, fiction and journalism have appeared in statewide and national publications. She has published three chapbooks of poetry and is currently at work on a collection of essays/prose poems /transgenre somethings. She works for Women, Work and Community and teaches communication in the University of Maine System.

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 June to December and every Friday night in July and August.

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