by Joe Nolan
Painter Elizabeth Foster just opened a new show at Art & Invention Gallery, and it looks like a winner. We missed the opening a few Saturdays back, but found out about the show when we stumbled across an image folder the artist posted on her Facebook page. The first thing we noticed was Foster’s penchant for blending the fantastic with the everyday.
Most of the paintings are still-life studies of terrariums under old-fashioned bell jars, but in Foster’s hands they become windows into micro-universes that teem with magical imagery. The second thing we noticed is that nearly every one of the paintings in the folder had been marked “sold.” We recommend visiting Art & Invention. We also recommend hurrying.