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Margaret Embree’s “Void of Possibility” is one of the works in the members show at McGuffey’s Sarah B. Smith Gallery.
Image courtesy of the artist Margaret Embree’s “Void of Possibility” is one of the works in the members show at McGuffey’s Sarah B. Smith Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist

Whiter shade of pale

Abstract art is all about blurring boundaries, but pushing two seemingly oppositional modes toward one another takes skill. The pieces in the McGuffey Art Center’s “abstractreal realabstract” exhibit drag realism into the realm of the abstract, and vice versa. In mostly oil-based paintings, five associate members—Nancy Bass, Robin Braun, Margaret Embree, Lindsay Freedman, and Tamra Harrison Kirschnick—incorporate both elements for strange and unique effects.

Friday 1/4 Opening 5:30pm. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

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