Maine Coast Artist Gallery will open an exhibit titled “Animal Spirit” Friday, Aug. 30, to run through Sept. 27. The show will feature the work of ceramic artist Tim Christensen along with paintings by Gina Sawin, Elaine Niemi, Pam Cabanas and Audrey Bechler; wood block prints by Willy Reddick; fabric art by Katharine Cobey; and encaustics by Kat Logan.

Christensen works exclusively with black and white drawings on porcelain pottery. The work reflects his environment and the rhythmic, meditative movements of throwing the clay, shaping the vessels, sanding and carving them, which give him time to become even closer to the woods, the sea and the night sky. He has been making black and white pieces since 2003.

“I am getting better as I get deeper into this technique of sgraffito. My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable,” he said, adding he makes pots about the times in which we live “and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us.”

Christenen’s images of nature and its creatures inspired gallery owner Logan to invite other artists to join this show, which will close with a live music and refreshment enhanced reception Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Christensen is offering a workshop in sculpture and handbuilding techniques earlier that day, for a sliding scale fee; all levels of ability are welcome to attend. The workshop will be held at the gallery, and preregistration may be done over the phone, 226-7446, or by email to kat@mainecoastartist.com.

Maine Coast Artist Gallery is located at 10 Harbor Road in Friendship village. For more information, visit mainecoastartist.com.

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