BELFAST

African art, crafts and clothing, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Aina Moja at the Wellness Health Center, 39 Main St. FMI: 930-8012.

First Friday Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Belfast. FMI: belfastartwalk.com.

“HANDMADE” alternative art and craft show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays; Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment, Clifford Gallery of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. FMI: 338-2222. Through Dec. 11. Reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Free family holiday paper crafts workshop with Candida Pagan: 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

Holiday Gala Art Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, 96 Main St. FMI: 338-6465. Through Dec. 31. Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Holiday Extravaganza, annual small works show with 60-plus Maine artists, craftsmen, poets and musicians, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (to 7 p.m. Fridays); Mondays by chance, Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. FMI: 338-0001. Through 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Reception with Dean’s Sweets chocolate tasting and live music: 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

Holiday show including ELF series by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, High Street Studio and Gallery, 149 High St. Opens with 5 to 8 p.m. reception Dec. 2; through Dec. 31.

Kaleidoscope series by photographer Paula B. Cannon, Camden National Bank, Main Street.

New work in a variety of media by gallery artists, Parent Gallery, 92 Main St. FMI: 338-1553.

“150 for a Dozen,” benefit show of works by 12 local artists price $150 or less, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St. Opens with 5 to 8 p.m. reception Dec. 2; through Jan. 4.

“Simply … Life,” pastel paintings by Brenda Ferguson, Belfast Co-op Café gallery, 123 High St. FMI: 338-2532. Opens with wine tasting/reception 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2; through Dec. 31.

“Small Works” group show, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Dec. 2 through Jan. 17; reception 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

“2011 Retrospective,” photography by Charles Laurier Dufour, extended seasonal hours Thursdays through Sundays, Galerie Dufour, 94 Main St. FMI: 338-6448. Opens with 5:30 p.m. reception Dec. 2. Call for hours.

BOOTHBAY

“Gift Wrapped,” collages by Noriko Sakanishi, Gold/Smith Gallery, 41 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor. FMI: 633-6252. Through Dec. 24. Reception: 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

CAMDEN

“Metamorphosis and Ascension: Prophesy of Light,” annual Clarity art show, Jean Picker Room of Camden Public Library, Atlantic Avenue. Through Dec. 31. Creative Art Afternoon demo 3 p.m. Dec. 7; reception celebration 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8; Susanna’s World Creative Spirit Series book reading 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

DAMARISCOTTA

“Kitchen Americana,” watercolors by Jean Kigel, The Bakery, 85 Parking Lot Lane (municipal parking lot below Main Street). FMI: thebakeryme@gmail.com. Through March 31.

“Objects of Affection,” still life paintings by Liliana Thelander, Denise Rankin, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon and Pamela Hansen, Damariscotta River Grill, Main Street/Business Route 1. FMI: 563-2992. Through Dec. 12.

“Small Works,” group show juried by Marylin Quint-Rose, River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1. FMI: 563-1507. Through Dec. 2.

NEWCASTLE

Haitian Art and Crafts Sale, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 11 Glidden St. Annual sale benefits Haitian school. Opens 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2; continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4.

ROCKLAND

“All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Creatures Great and Small,” work by Sarah Brandon, Kathleen Buchanan, Christina Heiniger and Jean Kigel, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Archipelago Fine Arts, 386 Main St. FMI: 596-0701. Through March 16.

“Animal Kingdom,” group show by the Lively Ladies to benefit the Humane Society of Knox County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Garage Gallery of Eastern Tire Service, 70 Park St. Through the winter.

“Art Space Winter Show: A Tradition of Affordable Art,” work by 19 artists, Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St. Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Runs to just after the holidays.

The Creatorium, indie crafts fair, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, lower-level gymnasium of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. Free.

Encaustics by Diane Bowie Zaitlin plus work Jon Kolkin, Dianne Schelble, Marieluise Hutchinson, David Estey and America Martin, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays to 8 p.m. First Fridays); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St. FMI: 594-7745. Opens Dec. 2.

First Friday Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Rockland galleries. FMI: artsinrockland.org.

Holiday Exhibition, 30th annual gathering of gallery and guest artists, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St. FMI: 594-5935. Opens with 5 to 8 p.m. party Dec. 2; through Dec. 23.

“New Work by Three,” new work by Anne McMath, Kathy Lane and Diana Maddocks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Winding Way Watercolors, 6 North Main St. FMI: 542-5540. Annual holiday show and sale opens Dec. 2.

Nina Holland: cigar box paintings and whimsical toy sculptures, noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and by appointment, Rougette Gallery, 340 Main St./second floor. FMI: 596-7979. Opens with 5 to 8 p.m. reception Dec. 2; through Dec. 16.

Paintings by ChenSun Campbell and work in various media by Antje Roitzsch, Center for Health and Healing, 17 Masonic St.

Sanctuary Gallery: acrylics by Judy Grossman, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. Through Dec. 21.

“Share the Wonder,” traditional seasonal display of holiday art and artifacts built around a model train set, at the Wyeth Center (through Dec. 31); “Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places” (through Jan. 15) in Morehouse Wing; “Beyond Rugs!” in Crosman Gallery (through Feb. 5); “Andrew Wyeth: Selections” in Hadlock and Wyeth Study Center galleries (through March 31); “Selections From the Farnsworth Homestead” in Library Gallery (through April 8); “Louise Nevelson” in Morehouse Wing (ongoing); and “Maine in America: Selections from the Permanent Collection” in Rothschild and Nevelson/Berliawsky galleries (ongoing), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St. Admission $12; $10 senior citizens or students older than 16; free younger than 17, museum members and all Rockland residents. Museum Store open daily. FMI: 596-6457.

Silent auction of works donated by local artists and galleries to benefit Arts in Rockland, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Yvette Torres Fine Art, 21 Winter St. Through 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Also online at yvettetorresfineart.com.

“Small and Affordable” holiday show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St. FMI: 596-0800. Opens with 5 to 8 p.m. reception  Dec. 2; through Dec. 24 (some extended hours).

“Strange Migrations,” sculptures by Clara Cohan and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; Sundays by chance or appointment, Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main St.

2011 Holiday Show, work by gallery artists, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, Asymmetrick Arts, 405 Main St. FMI: 594-2020. Opens with 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. reception Dec. 2.

“Visions of Midcoast Maine,” paintings by Gwen Sylvester, Jensen’s Pharmacy, 91 Camden St./Route 1. Through Dec. 31.

ROCKPORT

Cat portraits by Lincolnville artist Lauralee Clayton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League shelter, 146 Camden St./Route 1.

Faculty Exhibition, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Maine Media Gallery on first floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. in the village. FMI: 236-8581. Through Dec. 31.

“Holiday Show,” photographs by Peter Ralston and editioned Wyeth prints, open by chance or appointment, Ralston Gallery, 23 Main St. in the village. FMI: 230-7225. Nov. 25 through Dec. 24.

“Maine Wood 2012,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Messler Gallery of Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Route 90 at Mill Street. FMI: 594-5611. Opens with 5 to 7 p.m. reception Dec. 2; through April 6.

“Sferics” and “Aural Ecosystem,” interrelated interactive installations by Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich; “still/moving,” multiple-discipline work by Deborah Wing-Sproul; and “Pieced” and “Wired,” work by Gabriella D’Italia, George Mason and Ellen Wieske, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave. Cost: $5; free members. FMI: cmcanow.org. Through Dec. 11. Free family ArtLab workshop: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

THOMASTON

“Dahlov Ipcar: New Paintings,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Frost Gully Gallery, 150 Main St./Route 1. Through Dec. 10.

“Pieces of Color,” recent work by sculptor Geoffrey Vollers; plus paintings by Marti Reed, Personal Book Shop & Gallery, Main Street/Route 1.

Watercolors and oils by Margaret S. McCrea, Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Through Dec. 17.

VINALHAVEN

Holiday Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; chance or appointment, New Era Gallery, Main Street. Through Dec. 21.

WALDOBORO

Holiday Celebration of Art, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Tidemark Gallery, 902 Main St./Route 220. FMI: 832-5109. Through Dec. 24. Festive reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Photography by Ardy Greatorex, Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St. Through Dec. 31.

WASHINGTON

Holiday Show, work by gallery artists and affordable gifts, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, Downtown Gallery, 2 Old Union Road in the village. Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

“Washington, Now,” images from town photographers of this summer’s Bicentennial Celebration, Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road. FMI: 845-3045.

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