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Greenport artist Cindy Pease Roe holds up bookmarks created from her painting. (Photo by Barbaraellen Koch, file )
Greenport artist Cindy Pease Roe holds up bookmarks created from her painting. (Photo by Barbaraellen Koch, file )

Fellow North Forkers may remember the self-guided exploration of local artwork known as the Greenport Gallery Walks.

For several years in the early aughts, gallery owners opened their doors the third Saturday of every month from June through November to allow people to peruse the artwork.

That event trailed off in recent years when the recession caused many Greenport galleries to close, according to Sirens’ Song Gallery owner and Greenport Business Improvement District promotion liaison Caroline Waloski.

Fortunately, the local art scene is on the up-and-up and the concept of the Greenport Gallery Walk is making a comeback.

The Greenport BID is hosting two gallery walks — one in May and the other in July. Both walks will coincide with other large-scale events happening in the village this year.

The first is the unveiling of Flanders artist Andrea Cotes’ new temporary interactive art sculpture Port of Views highlighting village history near the camera obscura in Mitchell Park on May 30. The unveiling ceremony will be held in Mitchell Park at 5 p.m.

Related: Andrea Cote readies for Greenport public art project

The second gallery walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, when Greenport celebrates Independence Day by welcoming the popular Tall Ships America festival back to the village.

“I think this is something really nice we can have going on during those weekends,” Waloski said. “I hope it will be something very successful to support [local galleries.]”

So far, a handful of galleries have signed on for the events, including newcomers such as artist Isabelle Haran-Leonardi, who will be displaying work in her gallery, Nova Constellatio Gallery, as part of the walks.

The gallery walks are from 2 to 6 p.m. both May 30 and July 4 and are free of charge.

Check out a list of the participating galleries:

Sirens’ Song Gallery

516 Main Street

Cindy Pease Roe Studio

Hanff’s Boatyard, 190 Sterling Street

Nova Constellatio Gallery

419 Main Street

South Street Gallery & Frames

18 South Street

Decordova Studio

538 Main Street

Fielder Gallery

207 Main Street

Floyd Memorial Library Gallery

539 First Street

Gallery M

407 Main Street

Greenport Harbor Brewing Gallery

234 Carpenter Street

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