ART BETS: Connie Bostic

It is not often that an artist has two solo shows exhibiting at the same time in the same town, but this month Connie Bostic exhibits The Gun Show at Flood Gallery and The Sacred Grove at 5 Walnut Wine Bar. In spite of their disparate subject matter, the shows are actually quite similar in that they demonstrate Bostic’s understated approach to material and her penchant for working in series. Her works of art are modest in spite of their straightforward subject matter. The paintings of The Gun Show were produced more than a decade ago. They’re culled from five distinct series, including swarthy still lifes in oil and delicate watercolors depicting the conspicuous contents of ladies’ handbags. Then there is a series of tiny paintings of stick figures, naively rendered, whose flurry of gunfire looks like red stitching. At 5 Walnut, depictions of trees are captured in charcoal, conte, oils and watercolor. They are personified in the stance of their trunks and the twist of their austere branches.
Both shows are up through March 31.

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