Onion skin under the microscope appears as a funky quilt pattern of rectangles. Meandering animal tracks in the snow may be the purposeful and unmistakable pattern of the red fox. The structure of a root system can be the pattern of success for an entire botanical kingdom, but can look like just a big mess. The patterns of nature are omnipresent, and are the source of inspiration to many artists, some of whose work will be featured at Åarhus Gallery in an exhibition titled “Patterns of Nature.”

The show will feature the works of Mary Barnes, Kimberly Callis, Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene K. Fowler, Clint Fulkerson, Kevin Johnson, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Andrea Martens, Jonathan Mess, Ed Moffitt, Ben Potter, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Rebecca Rivers and Patricia Wheeler.

“Patterns of Nature” will be on display May 6 through 30. A reception Friday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. is open to all and will be a fine opportunity to meet the artists.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St., Belfast and is open year-round. Winter hours run February through May, Thursdays through Sundays noon to 6 p.m., also by chance or appointment. For more information call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com, where a slide show of the current works and links to artists and other events can be found.