A show of the colorful art of Sandy Bart Heimann will open at Rougette Gallery during the city’s First Friday Art Walk Sept. 2, with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition of paintings titled “Biophilia!” represents the artist’s continued exploration in expressing life energy as the thrum of desire for life loving life, continuing, ending and renewing.

The organic shapes of movement and intertwined dancing energy of the paintings have been evolving in Heimann’s work for more than three decades. The word biophilia means love of life and only entered dictionaries in the 1990s, while necrophilia has been officially defined far longer. The artist believes we are human, not because we use tools, but because we tell stories and she allows her paintings to suggest a story as she works.

When she entered the fine art program at the University of Buffalo in the mid-1960s, understanding and making abstract art was high on Heimann’s agenda. Her creative expression has evolved with time and practice and her new work is a crossing between abstract and representational images. Feminine forms and implied land references remain in some of the acrylics and oils, while others express the story in only form and color.

Heimann came to the Midcoast area in 1988 from Houston. She also is a writer and researcher. The focus of her research is the loss of creativity and this work has taken her to ancient Sumerian poetry, anthropology, mythology and the sacred feminine from Paleolithic times to the present. While her book effort is developing, her research influences her paintings. She gives We are Creative Creatures workshops for jump-starting creativity at her studio and by invitation at the University of Maine, Orono and other Maine locations.

“Biophilia!” will run through Sept. 30 at Rougette, located on the second floor of 340 Main St. The gallery is open Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.; for other hours, call 596-7979 or visit RougetteGallery.com.

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