Jim Nickelson, a coastal photographer, will exhibit at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, from Thursday, Jan. 7, through Tuesday, March 1.

Nickelson is a photographer whose work is driven by an interest in science, whether it be work based on the passage of time, work motivated by natural rhythms and cycles and patterns, work exploring the mysteries of nature, or work simply inspired by the wonder of the natural world. Included in this exhibition is work from his Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series.

This series is based on a quest to capture each full moon of the year at moonrise or moonset from somewhere in the Maine landscape. Moonrise and the cycles of the moon happen endlessly, month after month, year after year, and their repetitive nature causes many to become numb to the magic of the moon hanging above. This project hopefully reignites in viewers a passion and interest in the passage of the moon though the sky and its importance to peoples throughout history.

Also included in this exhibition is work from Nickelson's Pyrotechnic series, which explores how fireworks, as a quintessentially man-made object, mirrored many aspects of the natural world once they were abstracted to their basic forms. The incongruity of the noisy, ephemeral and commonplace fireworks bringing to mind beautiful and delicate forms from nature continues to inspire this ongoing project.

The exhibit is open the same hours as the library: Monday 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 845-2663.