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Exhibits at Packer Schopf, MAKE magazine, and Carmie's Crown barbershop

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Dena Lyons, local painter, is impressed by:

Packer Schopf exhibit The Packer Schopf Gallery is currently exhibiting four fantastic and wondrous artists. Jerry Bleem weaves and crochets postconsumer plastic bags into beautiful and magical objects like a three-dimensional flower garden. Jeff Crisman represents the tattoo culture through his photographs of individuals in the context of their respective habitats. Crisman brings out the nature of the profound characters underneath the surface of their painted skin. Ellen Greene uses leather gloves as a foundation for painting wild symbols of female power combining tattoo culture with Victorian photographs. Her works are both elegant and crude and keep you wanting to know more. Lucy Ruth Wright Rivers uses beads to creates bold yet delicate tapestries. Inspired by nature, the forms are organic and imperfect. The intense coloration of these works is alluring and magical. The taboo works are being displayed in a dungeonlike basement below, worth visiting just to see the space.

The exhibition runs through December 29.

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