In an attempt to find a balance of the earthly and the ethereal, Åarhus Gallery is hosting two guest artists for the month of October, sculptor Pat Plourde and photographer Prairie Stuart-Wolff. Their “The Earthly and the Ethereal” show runs through Oct. 30. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Plourde’s work should look familiar to many as chances are they have seen it or even sat on it and not known it. He has specialized in studio furniture, sculpture, railings, lighting and custom residential and commercial furniture in steel and vintage wood for more than 25 years; and has designed and built fixtures for nationally known retailers such as L.L. Bean, Timberland and Whole Foods Markets, as well as for several fine restaurants in Portland and the surrounding area. His work also has appeared in Architectural Digest, Log Home Designs, Fine Homebuilding and Maine Home + Design. He lives and works in New Gloucester.

Stuart-Wolff’s work may be another matter and there is a good reason locals may have not have chanced upon her photographs. To date, she has primarily exhibited her work in Japan, both in art gallery settings and in design showrooms. Her images are graceful, fragile, airy and ethereal. Although she is dedicated to the photographic traditions of film capture and silver gelatin or platinum/palladium printing for her work, she also has embraced digital innovations and found that the two processes “are best treated as collaborators, not competitors.”

“I probe for clues about the intangible designs behind the tangible world. But I never seek answers. It’s the wondering that keeps me interested,” said Stuart-Wolff, who attended the Salt Institute in Portland and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and divides her time between Union and Japan.

Along with these two fine guest artists, the work of Åarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will be on view. Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays by chance. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit, visit or call 338-0001.