“Sea Lives,” a show of art by Sonja Weber Gilkey, will open with a free 5 to 6:30 p.m. reception Friday, Aug. 3 in the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum’s Old Town Hall, 7 Church St. Refreshments will be served.

Born in The Netherlands, Gilkey derives most of her inspiration and the materials for her art from the sea. For 50 years, she has been closely connected to the people and nature of coastal Maine, and her art is profoundly influenced by the stories of those who work at sea and the life and beauty of maritime Maine.

The sculptures of “Sea Lives” includes the celebrated Fishermen’s Crosses, inspired by a fisherman who told the artist that 15 of his friends had died at sea. The crosses are made of lobster crate material, fishing rope and net, wood, oyster shells, mussel shells, maritime rope and other found ocean materials. Each is dedicated to fishermen who have given their lives to the ocean of life.

“Sea Lives” is joined by other works of art inspired by commercial fishing in the Old Town Hall in Penobscot Marine’s exhibit “Gone Fishing: Maine’s Sea Fisheries.” It will remain on view through Aug. 31 and is included with admission to Penobscot Marine Museum. For more information, call 548-2529 or visit PenobscotMarineMuseum.org. For more information about the artist, visit sonjawebergilkey.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.