- "Red Shawl" (oil on canvas) by Susan Mauck
Dean Johnson Gallery; through Dec 30.
More than 30 artists are included in this show of painting, mixed media works, sculpture, and photography. As for standouts: Jay Parnell's portrait of his teenage daughter - dressed in a black coat and posed against a snow-covered landscape - is a beautiful study in contrasts. Another painting would have been a fine entry in the "Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude" exhibit currently running at the Stutz: Susan Mauck's "Red Shawl," which portrays a nude young woman in a standing pose. Mauck has a knack for getting the essence of a figure with loose, economical brushstrokes and she does that beautifully here. (The shawl of the title is an ecstatic blur of red brushstrokes that hides nothing of the subject's figure.)
You also see spontaneity on display in Drew Endicott's black and white photograph "Passing," where a group of young men are watching passersby from a street corner. One of these figures, puffing a cigarette, is androgynous to the point that his/her sex seems a tossup. You can't help wondering at his relationship to the rest of the men on the corner who don't seem to notice the photographer taking their picture.
If you haven't noticed already, Dean Johnson's been serving up a plethora of fine art by local artists for a while now.