“Turning in Your Hand: The Blue Marble Project” will open Friday, Sept. 12, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Clifford Gallery of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

Susan Smith, an Intermedia MFA candidate at UMaine in Orono, coordinated and curated the group show in collaboration with Waterfall Arts. She was inspired by the international Blue Marbles Project created by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols. Through this simple, neuroscience-based initiative, millions of people around the world have shared blue marbles in celebration of our beautiful planet.

For the Waterfall Arts exhibit, 20 collaborators were given a blue marble and asked to consider the pale blue dot we call home. Through their diverse responses, the artists, writers and activists created a collective voice that speaks about our relationship to the earth and the myriad worlds we inhabit upon this fragile planet. Contributing artists are David Allen, Debbie Arnold, James Chute, Lauren Day, Barbara Denaro, Bethany Engstrom, Kathleen Florance, Lauren Gladstone, Sarah Hollows, Siglinde Langholz, Jessica LeClair, Rachael Nelson, Cara Oleksyk, Heather Perry, Amy Pierce, Robert Saunders, Owen Smith, Susan Smith, Deborah Wing-Sproul and Dudley Zopp.

Written statements will accompany each artist’s work. Saunders wrote that this Blue Marble project is intended to highlight the daily aspects of one's life.

“For the past year, I carried my Blue Marble with me everywhere I went as a way of making present my existence on this Larger Blue Marble and, by extension, getting you to think about your existence on this Large Blue Marble and the traces you make,” he said.

“The Blue Marble Project” will be on display through Oct. 24. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; by appointment; and until 8 p.m. during Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk Sept. 26. Waterfall Arts, now in its 15th year, provides arts education, gallery exhibitions, studio rentals and community events. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.