Åarhus Gallery and friends will be invested with the color “Blue” from Thursday, Feb. 2 through the 26th. There will be an opening reception Friday, Feb. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the downtown gallery, 50 Main St.

Blue was not recognized as a color in its own right in antiquity; it was thought of as related to black — a kind of gray. For a time there was even a blurring of the distinction between blue and, of all things, yellow. How odd then that in the late Middle Ages the celebrated and precious ultramarine had become so venerated it was considered emblematic of divine purity. No doubt the fact that only nobles and the well-connected being able to afford such piquant luxury at the time had something to do with that.

Today, every Tom, Dick and Harriet wears blue jeans and can even have blue hair. But the mystery and melancholy of blue is more than color. As Kandinsky put it, “The power of profound meaning is found in blue …” Featured artists that will be exploring the pigments and profundities of blue at Åarhus include Daniel Anselmi, Bernice Arthur, Maryjean Crowe, Heidi Daub, Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene Fowler, Terry Hire, Charlton Hudson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Marc Leavitt, Eric Leppanen, Richard Mann, Cathy Melio, Dina Petrillo, Ben Potter, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Rebecca Rivers, Aviva Shaw and Matt Wheeler.

February to May, Åarhus Gallery is operating under winter hours of Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com, where a slide show of the current works is available.