Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. will host the exceptional Maine potter George Pearlman as its guest artist for the month of July. The show will run from Tuesday, June 29 to Aug. 1. The public is invited to a First Friday opening reception July 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Pearlman started potting in 1980, received his bachelor of science from Syracuse University in 1983 and his master of fine arts in ceramics from Pennsylvania State University in 1994. In 1999, he established the St. George Pottery on Route 131. He has shown his work internationally and has been the recipient of numerous grants, residencies and teaching positions throughout the United States and abroad. Pearlman describes his ceramic work as a constant and daring exploration of his own preconceptions of beauty and functionality.

One could say Pearlman is a talented and indeed gifted artist, but Henri Matisse warned it is a mistake to ascribe creative power to an inborn talent because “Creativity takes courage.” One might say the philosophy behind the fine design of Art Nouveau, the gilded mystical imagery of Gustav Klimt, the technical mastery and organic nature of Japanese woodcuts by Hokusai and glorious Maxfield Parrish colors are reproduced in Pearlman’s work, but artist Paul Klee said that “Art does not reproduce the visible, rather, it makes visible.” Perhaps it is best to come see Pearlman’s work for one’s self.

Also on view will be “the visible work” of Aarhusians Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick.

Åarhus Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com, where a slideshow of the current exhibit may be perused.

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