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Photography of All Interests and Styles

Art: ‘Illumination’ and ‘Vanitas’

John Atchley’s lovely digital landscape photographs have been seen often in the Northwest Corner, but there are still surprises in “Illumination,” his current show at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, Mass. The expected landscapes are joined by two edgy, modernist pictures that hold your eye.

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Traveling for Treasure

The search for great stuff for the home of today is no longer just at upscale retailers or the local church-sponsored antiques show. Now decorators and homeowners find the shows and flea markets to shop, traveling countless miles to find what strikes their fancy to fill the spaces of their in-town apartments or exurbia houses.

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Works of All Styles on Display At Church’s Invitational Show

This is an entertaining art show, the 32nd invitational at the Trinity Gallery in Lime Rock, and the exhibitors’ paintings ranged from controlled to hilarious.

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A Powerful Exploration Of Race, Class and Sexuality

Art: ‘Fifty Years After’

James Barron has mounted a powerful show of work by four African-American photographers for his current exhibition. The best known, Gordon Parks, told the story of troubled race relations in America, particularly Harlem, in brilliant photo essays for Life magazine. He also was the first black person to direct a major motion picture, 1971’s “Shaft.”

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Exploring Nature

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From Commercial to Fine Art

Art: 'Crossing the Line'

“Crossing the Line,” now at The White Gallery in Lakeville, is a collection of work from three talented commercial photographers, good friends with award-winning credentials, who now make fine art  for their own pleasure. Throughout their careers they created images for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, major companies. Now they bring the same eye and originality to these very personal photographs.

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The Splendor, Beauty, Flesh of It All

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Phillip II and his grandson, Phillip IV, relished and collected paintings of nudes, both female and male. Eroticized women seen from the front, muscular men seen from the rear or strategically draped, these nudes symbolized both secular and religious power. But the kings, these Most Catholic Majesties (titles given to Ferdinand and Isabella after the expulsion of the Moors) liked to look at the pictures for pleasure, too.

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Several Fine Painters in One

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KK Kozik is an accomplished painter. She is also problematic. At Kozik’s new show at Kent’s Ober Gallery, she moves between styles so often that you think you are viewing work from at least two, maybe three, different painters.

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Beautiful Works at Argazzi

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Ann E. Coulter is a favorite of Judith Singelis at her Argazzi Gallery in Lakeville. Coulter’s pastels of nature — ordinary scenes of ordinary places near her Illinois home — were almost photorealistic in their drawn detail and affect. Now, however, Coulter has begun painting with oil, and Singelis is showing a small selection of these new works in a show called Terrain.

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Abstractions in Sumptuous Color

Inspired by Nature: Abstract Expression, the show at Lakeville’s White Gallery, might better have been entitled Expressions, since each of the three women artists in the show have entirely different ways of relating to nature.