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Should We Have Stayed Home and Thought of Here? at Marnie Sheridan Gallery

Go Here and Think of Home

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A few years ago at a downtown art opening, my little girl saw a life-size painting of a bookcase by Kelly Williams and reached up without thinking to touch the books’ spines: It says something about both the artist’s intent and her unshakable good nature that she took the mortifying moment as a compliment. Williams’ engrossing representational work isn’t so much photorealistic as keenly attuned to the nuances of angles, light and the arrangement of objects within a space — for instance, the way the blare of sunlight through a sheer curtain can make the tapered spindles in a chair’s back look like dotted lines. The Nashville artist, a Harpeth Hall grad returning to the school for a residency, is joined in this show by friend and fellow Vassar alumna Brassil, a Brooklyn resident who’s drawn acclaim for her gouache-and-colored-pencil studies of women whose graphically detailed faces stand in striking counterpoint to their swiftly sketched, fleshy bodies. Both artists will attend the afternoon reception, which is free and open to the public.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Jan. 7. Continues through Feb. 19, 2010

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