Beyond the Sea Gallery-Café, 74 Main St., continues its participation in BelfastArts Friday gallery walks with a pink champagne reception for Rainy Brooks’ exhibit “All Around Maine” Friday, July 22 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Brooks spent her childhood in a rural setting surrounded by the natural beauty of lakes, mountains and the seashore. Her passion for art started at an early age and she loved the solitude of drawing, coloring or painting.

Although she had no formal art classes in the small high school she attended, she studied oil painting with a professional artist. During this time, she fell in love with the medium of oils and began to expand her vision and style of painting. Over the past 20 years, Brooks has developed and honed her creative skills through a variety of techniques on the canvas.

“My hope is that the colors and textures that I put on canvas will move others to a place of peaceful joy,” said Brooks.

“All Around Maine” will run through Wednesday, Aug. 3. Free fare will be served at the opening reception. For more information, call 338-2100.

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