The downtown Off the Beaten Path Gallery opened its doors last year at 17 Main St. and, after two seasons, will open its final show Friday, Dec. 3, during BelfastArts’ First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to gather with the artists, celebrate their work and enjoy refreshments from 5 p.m. to late into the evening.

“It’s been a crazy run. I’ve learned a lot and met and worked with some wonderful artists of all different styles and media. This is our last hurrah, so we went a little overboard,” said Katie J. Wadsworth, artist and gallery founder.

The show, “Flux,” will continue through the end of the year; hours will be Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. The opening reception will feature silent auctions and an interactive exhibition.

Off The Beaten Path Gallery has had a varied roster during its short run. Gallery artists showing work in “Flux” are Colleen Boyle, Patricia Boyle, Jamie Edwards, Carol Gater, Betsy Headley, Raymelle Moody, Brett Thompson, C. Miles Turner, Sarah Waldron, Seth Whited and Wadsworth, plus guest artist Ernest Miranda, a glass-blower.

“Being an artists’ cooperative was always the intention,” said Wadsworth, whose “paying job” is bartending at Rollie’s.

It was while working another job, at the former Midcoast Photo & Digital, that Wadsworth got the idea of opening a gallery. Her employer allowed her to hang some of her own work at the store, which was located in the same building as Off the Beaten Path.

“So when this space opened up, I thought, well, why not?” said Wadsworth.

The last two years, of course, have been extraordinarily challenging for businesses and nonprofits alike. Wadsworth said if the economy improves and the right space opens up in a few years, she might well consider opening a gallery again.

“This is not the end, certainly not the end for any of us as artists,” she said, adding that she and her husband are thinking about starting a family, so letting the gallery go now makes sense on a number of levels. In the meantime, she and the Off the Beaten Path artists are planning to make their last show one that people will remember for a long time.

“It’s looking like it will be unique and innovative, not to mention a fun party,” she said, adding, “We’ve really had a great time.”

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