Åarhus Gallery welcomes Michael Alpert of Bangor and Jemma Gascoine of Blanchard as guest artists for the month of October. The show runs from Tuesday, Sept. 30, through Nov. 2 with an opening reception Friday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Alpert’s black and white photographic portraits of fossilized mollusks capture more than the imagination, inviting viewers to muse over these little frozen cornucopias of energy and our intimate connection to marine life on earth, no matter how long ago it lived.

In contrast, Gascoine’s pedestal ceramic pieces are colorful and lighthearted, with a sophisticated nod toward architecture and classical forms. She said it is exhilarating being on the wheel and having clay spin through her fingers, “a physical manifestation of your energy.”

Alpert has worked for most of his adult life as a writer, publisher and visual artist. Under the imprint Theodore Press/Sarah Books, he has published letterpress and artist’s books. He also has been occasional designer and production manager for books published by Stephen King’s Philtrum Press and oversaw the 1997 production of King’s e-book, “The Plant.” Awards granted to Alpert’s publications include the Stephen Harvard Prize for Excellence in the Book Arts; and First Prize for Book Publications from the New England Museum Association in 2005 for “A Maine Portfolio,” published by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Since 1995, Alpert has been employed as director of the University of Maine Press.

Gascoine has been creating and selling her ceramic sculpture and her utilitarian work since 2001, when she moved from London, England, to the woods of Maine. Gascoine has shown her work regularly from Portland to Millinocket, with a 2012 solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art titled “SlabWaltz.”

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Mondays by chance. For more information, visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.