Rachel Maxi

Empty alleys and unused cars, forlorn Dumpsters and vacant storefronts—maybe these are signs of the bad economy, or maybe Rachel Maxi is just drawn to their desuetude. Her realistic Seattle scenes, painted in oil on panel board, convey a kind of stasis. These are places and things that people have forsaken, if not quite abandoned. Shadows are harsh, giving these scenes a kind of sunny desolation, like Edward Hopper in the noonday glare. It’s a bit of a shock, really, to see some white peonies in a vase—a trace of life, a sign that somebody cares. Also on view: small fanciful animal tableaux elegantly photographed by Lori Nix, including a schoolroom full of dodo birds. BRIAN MILLER

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 14. Continues through Nov. 13, 2010

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