Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will open a show entitled “Botany of Desire” Thursday, April 5. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the show, which will run through April 29.

The Åarhus partners are familiar with Michael Pollen’s book “‘The Botany of Desire” and although they affectionately embrace the subject matter, their show has very little to do with potatoes, tulips or “maryjane.” They just really like the title, because of what else it brings to mind. Desire, and how it can bloom and grow like a succulent plum or become a vine, wrapping its host with a suffocating grip — this is what Åarhus is talking about, the thoughts, the images, the objects, the fruits … of our desires.

Featured artists include Joe Ascrizzi, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Kenny Cole, Al Crichton, Maryjean Crowe, Bill Davis, David Estey, Jay Gibson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Ed Moffitt, Joan Proudman, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, R. Keith Rendall, Mike Silverton, James Strickland and Seth Whited.

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

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.