“Into the Forest: Flora, Fauna, Lichen, Moss” by Barbara Sullivan and Juliet Karelsen will be on view through Oct. 28, at Common Street Arts, 93 Main St., in Waterville.

An opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

The reception will feature readings by Kristen Case, assistant professor of English, University of Maine, Farmington; Steven Pane, professor of music, University of Maine, Farmington and Peter Pfeiffer, independent tree farmer and writer.

The exhibit explores the themes of the natural environment, preservation, conservation and biological diversity.

Sullivan’s two-dimensional large scale drawings of the forest coupled with her whimsical fresco creations of birds and woodland creatures, speaks to the bounty and diversity of the Maine landscape.

Karelsen’s work offers moments of quiet contemplation and close-looking while creating an otherworldly atmosphere with elements that simultaneously harken to Maine’s vast geological underpinnings.

For more information, visit commonstreetarts.org.

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