Neicy has entered the building — Bernice “Neicy” Arthur that is. She has lived in Belfast for three years, having followed her children up from the Boston area, and turns 90 in February. For her birthday, the downtown Åarhus Gallery is having a retrospective show of her life’s work.

The show, “Neicy at 90: A retrospective of Bernice Arthur with friends,” will run from Feb. 4 to 28, with an opening reception Friday, Feb. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Topping out at 4 foot 10 inches, Arthur is an eccentric, jolly bundle of artistic talent, wit and humor. Her artistic expression runs the gamut from pencil drawings depicting life in Boston and New York in her medical secretary days during World War II, to paintings, writing and found-object sculpture made during her child-rearing and art-teaching years.

She has continued prolifically right up to the funky, colorful collages she creates today. Arthur has taught workshops on creativity and is the author of several magazine articles and two self-published books. This show will include work by many of her artist friends, young and old. Work by her son Al Arthur, her daughter Willy Reddick, and the other Åarhus partners will be on view as well.

Arthur’s friends will include Daniel Anselmi, Dan Beckman, Paula Cannon, Mj Viano Crowe, Judith L. Davis, Ingrid Ellison, David Estey, Annadeene Fowler, Davidson Graves, David Hurley, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Marc Leavitt, Phil Mancini, Beverly Mann, Richard Mann, Cathy Melio, Georges Nashan, Abbie Read, Alison Rector, Wesley Reddick, Michael Scott, Patricia Shea, Louise Shorette and James Strickland.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. and is open year-round. Winter hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., and by chance or by appointment. More information can be found at or 338-0001.