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To The Briarpatch and Beyond: New Work by Elizabeth Spotswood Alexander 

If there is such a thing as a "typical" sculpture show, this ain't it. On the contrary, Elizabeth Spotswood Alexander's work has been described as "Southern surrealism" for its folksy narrative qualities and rustic materials such as the carved, painted wood and old nails found in Voodoo Child's Playtoy (pictured). Unfazed by her master's degree, North Carolina native Alexander, says, "The greatest influences of my life have been the women that raised me. Some were white, some black but always Southern and always family. These women held me tight with their wrinkly fingers, whispering stories in my ear ... that allowed me to navigate through reality into a rich and dramatic dream world where who I remember, who I want to be, and who I am exist harmoniously together." -- D. Eric Bookhardt

Through March

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 841 Carondelet St., 522-5471; www.jonathanferraragallery.com

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