A closer look at the usual local haunts — Liberty Tool Company, Peavey’s, Liberty Graphics and John’s Ice Cream, to name a few — in the next couple months will reveal a multi-site art exhibit by town artist Martha Piscuskas.

“The Dearly Kept,” which will open Saturday, April 23 and was funded by the Maine Arts Commission, is part community art, part interactive installation. The public is invited to an opening will take place Saturday, April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ivan O. Davis Library, 59 Main St.

Ephemeral paper sculptures made by Piscuskas will be displayed around the town, echoing actual objects kept for years by individual town residents. Viewers with cell phones will be able to hear recordings of each person describing their cherished item. The artist’s blog, eluxstudio.blogspot.com, also will provide some background to the project and ongoing commentary throughout the exhibit.

“I’m very interested in making art that is accessible. Art can take many forms, and belongs everywhere, not just in galleries,” said the artist. “I hope that ‘The Dearly Kept’ gives people a chance to think about what’s important to them.”

Piscuskas, who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University, is co-director of Waterfall Arts.

The work will be displayed throughout Liberty until the end of June. Additional venues include Walker School, the Liberty Town Office, the Liberty Post Office and the Ivan O. Davis Library. An artist talk about the project will be scheduled in May.

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