Belfast painter Jerri Finch and former Belfastonian and novelist Tracy Ann Lord of Hope will be on hand and on the walls of the Belfast Free Library Friday, Sept. 2. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., an opening reception for Finch’s month-long exhibition combined with a book signing of Lord’s debut novel “Good Catch” will be held in the Kramer Gallery of the library, 106 High St.

What do the simultaneous events have to do with each other? Nothing except serendipity, which offered the longtime friends an opportunity for a “show and tell” that also nicely coincides with the Belfast Art Walk the same evening.

After decades spent creating large acrylic airbrushed paintings for corporate America, Finch turned her sights to oils and found inspiration of her own backyard.

“The ocean, gardens and fields around my home offer a never-ending supply of possibilities,” said Finch of the richly-toned and lush studies of water, landscapes, flowers and interiors that emerged from her explorations.

Lord, who lived in Belfast for 18, calls her genre “boomer chick lit.” Being a “boomer” herself, she wanted to create a character who had had some bumps, some ups and some downs, but was still somewhat of an optimist, albeit a questioning one.

“Good Catch,” released this summer by Camel Press, is a contemporary romance about a Miami businesswoman, Maddie Chilton, who reluctantly trades her stiletto heels for waders at a fishing camp in Maine. Not only is she surrounded fish, but also a lot of fishy characters.

“Since I believe we all exist more-or-less by the level of humor we cling to, that plays a big part in Maddie’s story and the characters that surround her,” she said.

The idea for the book was spawned by Lord’s own experiences at such a camp — although all names have been changed to protect her being allowed to return there in the future.

Finch’s exhibit will run through Sept. 30. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10 or visit or

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