Candice Joneth has joined the Maine Art Gallery as assistant gallery manager. Submitted photo

Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery’s calendar is filled with exhibits and classes designed to fulfill the artistic interests of the local community as well as its summer visitors.

The 2022 season opens with “Time Shift,” an exhibit of creations by the artists at Spindleworks, an independence program that provides opportunities for adults and children with intellectual disabilities to learn marketable skills and to express themselves through art, according to a news release from the gallery.

The exhibit is scheduled to open Saturday, May 7, with a reception at 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until May 28.

Early summer will find Wiscasset filled with plein air painters hosted by the gallery. Artists from the New England Watercolor Society plan May 19 to use Wiscasset village as their source of inspiration, and the Plein Air Painters of Maine will arrive with a similar mission June 15.

All current gallery members are invited to paint alongside these groups.The gallery’s plein air artists participating in Paint Wiscasset Show will paint and exhibit June 29 through July 9.

Celia Ludwig, an artist and volunteer member of the gallery, has coordinated a schedule of classes that are filling up fast. The first one, Sketching on the Go with Diane Dubreil, is sold out. Other classes include: Plein Air Demonstration with Deborah Chapin, Catching the Light, Plein Air with Deanna Ball, Abstraction and the Landscape with Karen Jelenfy, and Impressionistic Photography with Olga Merrill.

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The gallery will host six shows this season, including juried and non-juried members shows. A guiding organizational force behind the ambitious schedule is consultant to the gallery, Kerry Hadley, who joined the nonprofit a year ago. She will now be supported in her efforts by Candice Joneth, recently hired as assistant gallery manager.