BRUNSWICK — There’s so much to take in during the first 2nd Friday Brunswick! – from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to the artists of Fort Andross – you may need a game plan so you don’t miss the many riches of the town’s art scene. Festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month through September, beginning tomorrow.

Exhibitions at Frontier Cafe, The Daniel Coast Bar, Fiore Olive Oils and Portland Pie guarantee the availability of some excellent food and drink along with some fine art.

Tucked amongst the participating studios and galleries, like Connie Lundquist Studio and Bayview Gallery, and spaces like Hatch and The Mix, venues like Curtis Memorial Library and the Unitarian-Universalist Church shouldn’t be overlooked. And if you plan it right, you can catch a Maine State Music Theater production of “Always … Patsy Cline,” or make the Theater Project’s wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., preceding “Luna Gale” at 7:30.

Anyone with kids in tow will want to head over to the Lincoln Street “block party,” where the venerable Spindleworks (7 Lincoln St.) artists will surely present some fun works for viewing, and ArtVan will offer kids a hands-on art making experience.

“We will have works of art by our neighborhood youth: T-shirts, pottery, cards and journals, while viewers can create their own ‘spin art,’” ArtVan’s Jamie Silvestri said. “People can stop by, learn about the mobile art therapy service that is right here in our neighborhoods, meet our youth and see their art, and have just have fun.”

Over at 68 Maine Street, Mark Little, the new gallerist at Frank Brockman Gallery, is excited about the direction the gallery is taking, and about the new exhibit by abstract artist Ben Potter. “We are dedicated to showing artists of great talent who are under represented or not represented at all,” he said.
Little is devoted to presenting more opportunities for Maine contemporary artists to show their work; he is an abstract painter himself. “There are so many gifted artists who work very hard at their craft and deserve to be shown.”

The first event on Friday will feature an array of live, free music, too. The blues/jazz/country/rock outfit Big Blue will entertain at the Lincoln Street Block Party; singer-songwriter Todd Orcutt will perform at Gelato Fiasco at 4:30 p.m.; the Tex-Mex and Appalachian-folk melting pot that is the Los Galactacos string band performs at 5, at Camden National Bank; performers from Maine State Music Theater will preview their summer shows at the Tontine Mall at 5:30; blues-rock powerhouse Papa Tim will work up a sweat at 5:45 in the Bank of America courtyard (bring an instrument and he’ll let you jam), and acoustic bluegrassers Puddn’head will liven up Cool As A Moose at 6 p.m.

One would be hard pressed to think of a better way to spend an evening.

For more information, visit brunswickdowntown.org.