Work by Midcoast photographer Jim Nickelson is included in “Pixels: Parts of a Whole,” a show focusing on elements of images in a variety of interpretations that will open Friday, Jan. 29 at L/A Arts Gallery 5, 49 Lisbon St. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The word “pixel” is based on a contraction of pix (“pictures”) and el (for “element”). A pixel also is a part of a whole, the smallest unit of picture that can be controlled in digital imaging. The new exhibition features a striking collection of original artwork on display, presenting diverse analyses of the theme ranging from Pam Bell’s close-up floral photography to Graham Wood’s small-scale wooden installations. According to curator Jeanelle Demers, “some of the work is, in fact, digital in nature, while other pieces are representations of the concept in another form, suggesting a small piece of something greater.”

All artwork is for sale and there is a selection of prints available for purchase in the gallery as well. More about Gallery 5 and the exhibit can be found online at laarts.org.

In addition to Nickelson of Camden, Bell and Wood, the artists of “Pixels” include Len Bartel, Cynthia Cannone, Robert Gibson, Mik Morrisey, Daryl-Ann Leonard, George Paton, Michael Peitersen, Tom Reichard, Jennifer Wadsworth and Michael E. Woodward. Many of the artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. Quilter Cannone will give an artist talk Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m.; and painter Gibson will give one Wednesday, March 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. Artist talks are free and open to the public, with reservations strongly encouraged by calling 782-7228.

Gallery 5 is a community outreach initiative of the area’s local arts agency, L/A Arts. The gallery is open to the public during the show Tuesdays through Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. It can also be accessed through arranged appointment with L/A Arts.

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