Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., invites everyone to the opening reception for “Grid Works” Friday, April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition of Maine artists working with grids will run from Thursday, April 1 through May 2.

Grids are handy for organizing things like streets in New York or screws, nails and buttons in nifty plastic containers. Grids are good for grilling veggies or playing football on. Of course, there is the National Grid for delivering electricity, but that is not really in the shape of a grid. Grids help people track and plan their lives by the day, week or month, and they help hold concrete together.

Grids are everywhere, on the board game table and even in nature, and they can be curiously appealing – sometimes quite beautiful. Åarhus has lined up a mesh of artists that use grids in their work in one aspect or another, and the Åarhus partners will find a way in edgewise to show their griddy work as well.

The artists represented in this show will be Ragna Bruno, Sissy Buck, Ingrid Ellison, Joshua Ferry, Annadeene K. Fowler, Jay Gibson, Marc Leavitt, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Andrea Martens, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Mike Rich, Bob Richardson, Jay Sawyer and Jessica Stammen.

Åarhus Gallery is open year round. Hours through May are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., by chance or by appointment. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com, where a slideshow of the current works is available.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.