“All Hands On,” on view since the beginning of February, will close with an artist’s reception Thursday, March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Cathy Melio, Larraine Brown, Barbara Maria, Bonnie VersbonCoeur, Jim James and Dina Petrillo will talk about their ongoing work and artist collaborations with performances and readings of new works in poetry, short fiction and music.

Exhibiting the work of 14 local artists, the show has drawn visitors from throughout the Midcoast and central Maine regions. Brenda Harrington, the library’s director of adult programs said the public response to the show has been enthusiastic and that it has been a pleasure to observe folks spending so much time looking and reading, and then returning with friends.

“All Hands On” organizer Petrillo said the show is about celebrating a spirit of discovery — what can happen when we engage our various materials, whether they are words, images or physical stuff, with an open mind and curiosity.

“Some of us have been working together for more than seven years and I’ve experienced the shared excitement of how new ideas and unpredicted forms emerge as part of the making-process itself,” she said.

Brown, an artist and community organizer, said the reception is a final chance to view a unique and extraordinary exhibition of creative works in downtown Belfast, calling the show “enlivening and provocative proof of the pure necessity of art, truth and beauty.”

In addition to those who will speak, exhibiting artists are Maureen Block, Mac Gibson, Beth Henderson, Susan Morse, Tom Prescott, Sally Savage, Karin Spitfire and Sandra Strahan. The work spans poetry, short fiction, clay, encaustic, printmaking, wire, found object assemblage, photography and digital media.

Petrillo frequently collaborates with local artists on creative projects and exhibitions in the Belfast area. She runs the Post Office Studio Workshop and teaches sculpture and printmaking in mixed media at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center. She is currently running “Human Tracks,” a site-based arts and ecology project with Rhode Island School of Design and Goddard College faculty Peter Hocking and a dozen MFA candidates working in the United States, Canada and Germany.

All are welcome to take part in the closing reception for “All Hands On.” Refreshments will be served.

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