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.

Holiday art opening of new work in a variety of media by gallery artists, Parent Gallery, 92 Main St. FMI: 338-1553. Reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

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.

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.

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. Through Dec. 31.

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

“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. Through Jan. 4.

“Simply … Life,” pastel paintings by Brenda Ferguson, Belfast Co-op Café gallery, 123 High St. FMI: 338-2532. 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. Through Jan. 17.

“2011 Retrospective,” photography by Charles Laurier Dufour, extended seasonal hours Thursdays through Sundays, Galerie Dufour, 94 Main St. FMI: 338-6448. Call for hours.

BOOTHBAY

“Eye Catchers,” new small works by gallery artists, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays or by appointment, Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. FMI: 633-6849. Through Jan. 28.

“Gift Wrapped,” collages by Noriko Sakanishi, Gold/Smith Gallery, 41 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor. FMI: 633-6252. Through Dec. 24.

CAMDEN

Holiday Art Show by six local artists, High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St. Opens with 5 to 9 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres reception Dec. 16; continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17. Saturday raffle to benefit Youth Arts.

“Maine Outside the Frame,” grand opening exhibition, Old Salts Gallery, 25 Mechanic St., corner of Washington and Mechanic. FMI: 380-2822. Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

“Metamorphosis and Ascension: Prophesy of Light,” annual Clarity art show, Jean Picker Room of Camden Public Library, Atlantic Avenue. Through Dec. 31. Susanna’s World Creative Spirit Series book reading 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Monotypes with collograph embellishments by Erika Manning, Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm St./Route 1. Through Dec. 31.

DAMARISCOTTA

“Color and Light,” varied media group show juried by Jacques Vesery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1. FMI: 563-1507. Through Jan. 12.

“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.

Paintings by Nathan Campbell and Bob Rose, Savory Maine, 11 Water St. FMI: 563-2111. Through Jan. 23. Reception: 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

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. Runs to just after the holidays.

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; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St. FMI: 594-7745.

Holiday Show, gallery artists, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; chance or appointment, Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St. FMI: 594-5935. Through Dec. 23.

Natural world theme show of work in various media by Diane Green Hebert, Shelley Johnson and Antje Roitzsch, Center for Health and Healing, 17 Masonic St.

“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.

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. Through Dec. 16.

Painted folk art icons by Kitty Smith, Café Gallery of Good Tern Natural Foods Co-Op, 750 Main St. FMI: 594-8822. Through Jan. 4.

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.

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

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.

“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. 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. Through April 6.

SEARSPORT

“The Circus Comes to Town,” art, photography and “The Bex Bros. Circus” miniatures by Les Bex, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18 and during January plus Dec. 29 and 30, Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 41 East Main St./Route 1. FMI: 548-2529. Booksigning and children’s crafts event with Chris Van Dusen (“The Circus Ship”) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 17.

STOCKTON SPRINGS

Holiday Open House featuring paintings and studies by William Landmesser, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 17 and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Landmesser Paintings, 34 Meadow Road, just off Route 1. FMI: 567-4302.

THOMASTON

Inspirational photography exhibition by students of Midcoast Christian Academy, 6 p.m. Dec. 16, gymnasium of the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. FMI: 593-7400.

“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.

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

WASHINGTON

“Washington, Now,” images from town photographers of this summer’s Bicentennial Celebration, Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road. FMI: 845-2663. Through March.

VillageSoup Knox/Waldo Arts Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 251 or dernest@villagesoup.com.