Wiscasset printmaker R. Keith Rendall will be the August guest artist at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. His show “The Aged and Unknown” will open Tuesday, Aug. 2 and run through the 28th. The public is invited to a First Friday reception Aug. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Educated at Kenyon College, Rendall ventured from pre-med into the fine arts, ultimately receiving Kenyon’s two highest awards. Others include the Leadership in the Arts award from the Maine College of Art. Rendall is the founder of several print facilities and has taught at the Princeton Art Association, University of Maine/Farmington and, more recently, at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.

Increasing in scale and scope, “The Aged and Unknown” pushes the limitations of the medium and focuses attention on the lives and habits of unique creatures who dwell not only in the natural world, but also in our mythologies. Rendall’s intention is to present the creature in its natural form — to abstain from personification and to challenge the viewer “to abandon the desire to attach one’s own meaning and interpretation to the physical presence of a wild being.”

Displayed along with “The Aged and Unknown” will be the work of Aarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. Åarhus Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Fridays to 8 p.m. through Sept. 2) and Mondays by chance. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit, visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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