Downtown Belfast is the place to be Friday evening, July 1 as the first of 10 consecutive Friday Art Walks gets underway. More than a dozen art studios and galleries will keep their doors open every Friday night in July and August; and each week, a few will host opening receptions and exhibit recent works.

The July 1 Friday Art Walk also will feature street performances by local musical band Big Blue; expressive dance performances by Shana Bloomstein and Helena Malone; and the antics of the Belfast Maskers. There will be a Dolcelino’s tasting at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

Belfast’s weekly Friday Art Walk is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For information, visit

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