Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will present the graceful, sculptural work of ceramic artist Simon van der Ven of Lincolnville and the ethereal landscapes of painter Susan Metzger of Washington for the month of July. The show will open Tuesday, June 28 to run through July 31. There will be an opening reception Friday, July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Metzger’s richly layered paintings evoke mystery and a sense of refuge even while implying epic scale. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and currently shows her work in galleries on both coasts of the United States.

Ceramicist van der Ven has worked on boats, done a stint as a carpenter and taught for 17 years at Camden Hills Regional High School. During that time he studied in Aix-en-Provence and later enrolled at MECA and received his master of fine arts. He works full-time in his studio making objects for warmth, light and nourishment out of porcelain, stoneware and other materials.

Along with these accomplished guest artists, the work of Åarhusians Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will be on view.

Åarhus Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays by chance. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit www.aarhusgallery.com, where and a slideshow of the current exhibit may be seen.

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