September 9

Phoenix Art Opening / Studio Stories: Works on paper by James Freeman

Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

Opening reception 6-10p.m., FREE

Hotshopsartcenter.com, 402.342.4212

Omaha-based metal and glass sculptor Susan Woodford celebrates “surviving robbery, vandalism and a great loss” exhibiting her new work in the Nicholas Street Gallery.  The Metropolitan Community College welding instructor’s rich and poignant large pieces are her “translation of the current perceptions of the human condition within our society … with each piece I concentrate on the light, the non-verbal emotion I am trying to convey, and enjoy the happy mistakes.”

Seasoned local artist James Freeman, known for his botanical abstractions and grid-based collages turns emotive, exhibiting paintings and drawings of goofy toys, puppets and dolls, in the 1301 Gallery.  The large, colorful paintings, intensely rendered chalk pastels and mysterious graphite line drawings of macabre figures are said by the artist to represent his working interior dialogue as he creates —“frustration, happiness, anger, confusion, global goofiness…”

-Sally Deskins


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