“Experimental Comminglings” will open Friday, Oct. 31, with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

The exhibit, which will continue through Nov. 26, is a hands-on installation by Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz. It is a hybrid of science lab and art studio that the artists invite the audience to fully engage with, alter and transform. The focus is on experimentation with natural materials and liquids in a variety of containers, with constantly evolving options due to the interaction of participants. Visitors of all ages, including families and young people, are encouraged to get their hands on this work. As the opening occurs on Halloween night, there will be treats for kids and refreshments for adults. All are welcome — costumes too.

Engstrom and Langholz are interdisciplinary and installation artists currently exploring ways to create new engagements with the audience by extending the way we all observe, understand and relate to contemporary art. Engstrom explores the perception of experience and spaces one encounters in everyday life — the spaces between philosophy, society, psychology and pop culture. This interest has led to the production of objects, installation, audio and video works that draw attention to the unknown through the use of a suggested narrative.

Engstrom lives and works in Belfast. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Maine in 2002; her MFA in Intermedia in 2011; and recently completed her interdisciplinarydoctorate at the University of Maine. She was a 2013 fellow at Mildred’s Lane and her work has been included in a number of exhibitions in conjunction with UMaine including “Freeze Pop,” “Class Action” and “Without Borders” VI, VII and VIII, as well as in recent exhibitions at UMaine Augusta, Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland and Waterfall Arts. Engstrom also is co-founder of the collaborative group the Core 5 Incident.

Langholz’s artistic practice and process interweaves philosophical concepts within relational and processual systems in different media including installation, textile, sculpture and performance. In her process, she explores the ramifications and intersections between science, the hand-made and nomadic-mobile installations within public spaces. Thread, textiles, needlework and social fabric prevail as key elements.

Langholz received a BA in Fine Arts from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico in 2009; her MFA in Intermedia in 2013’ and currently is completing an interdisciplinary doctorate at the University of Maine. She has received several prestigious grants and awards and her work has been exhibited in Mexico, UMaine Orono and Augusta, Waterfall Arts and Detroit, Mich. She is the founder of the interdisciplinary collective devoted to experimentation and collaboration called Spaz.lab.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during special events and by appointment. An artist’s talk and field foray is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information on the exhibit, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org; stop by; or call 338-2222. For more information on the artists, visit their websites, bethanyengstrom.com and siglindelangholz.com.

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