A show of kozo fiber art by Diane Green Hebert will open during the July 1 First Friday art walk at Rougette Gallery, second floor of 340 Main St. There will be an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hebert’s work begins with the paper mulberry tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, whose bark is soaked and cooked. The bark is beaten, lifted and hand pressed in the Japanese tradition to become kozo paper. This ancient process allows the spirit of the tree and the artist to interact in a new way. The long fibers of the tree produce strong, beautiful, airy papers that give form to beautiful mythologies via masks and Celebration Books.

The impulse to create the masks begins with a dream, meditation or a walk in nature; Hebert likes to believe the tree grows taking in the earth’s history and the mask image takes shape expressing its own mythology. The Celebration Books are one-of-a-kind journals created to hold the sentiments, images and mementos of special occasions.

Hebert graduated from the Vancouver School of Art, Canada, where she concentrated on stone sculpture and the history of art. She also has degrees in psychology and computer science and studied for a master’s in the history of art at the Slade School of Art, London, eventually becoming a designer of human interface systems. She owned her own company for many years and her designs are all over the world.

The gallery is open Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.; call 596-7979 for other open times. The gallery website is RougetteGallery.com.

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