GRAY – More than a dozen artists from Maine and New England will be on hand at the Maine Wildlife Park from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, with a wide array of wildlife- and nature-themed art.

Artists working in mediums ranging from watercolors, photography, wood carving, wood slab painting, rock painting, pottery, metalwork and more will be exhibiting under the tall pines in the park picnic area.

Among the artists that will have displays and art for sale are Maine Balsam Fir Products, Bittersweet Design, Wild-n-Woody Photography, Terri Mason, Streaked Mountain Woodcarvers, Earth and Fire Pottery and the Sue Shane Gallery.

The event will be held rain or shine.

A summer series of wildlife exhibits and demonstrations targeted for the general public is offered throughout the season at the park. Wildlife Days are held on consecutive weekends throughout the summer. Presenters featuring a variety of wildlife topics will set up exhibits and demonstrations from roughly 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on most Saturdays. Families are urged to ask questions and participate in some activities.

Three popular Night Visits, when the park is open on moolight evenings, will also be offered: from 8 to 10 p.m., July 19, for an all-about-owls hike; from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 16, for a creatures-of-the-night hike; and from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24, for the popular Halloween hike.

The Maine Wildlife Park has more than 25 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails and other interactive exhibits and displays. Proceeds from the wildlife park’s nature store go toward exhibit improvements and new construction.

The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 11. Visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m.

Admission to the park located on Route 26 is free for ages 3 and under; $4 for ages 5-12; $6 for adults, and $4.50 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more pay $3 per person. Family and community season passes are available. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and spend the day. For more information, call the park at 657-4977 or log on to www.mainewildlifepark.com or www.mefishwildlife.com.


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