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Galleries host don’t-miss shows

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ides of April have brought us an embarrassment of riches so this review will cover exhibitions at two galleries. The Harwood Art Center is hosting “The Raw Miraculous” by Lindsey Fromm and “Outcroppings: Meditations on Time, Space and Matter” by Alexis Kaminsky through April 26.

A detail of “Outcroppings: Meditations on Time, Space and Matter” by Alexis Kaminsky, a mixed-media installation in the front gallery at the Harwood Art Center.

The Weyrich Gallery is hosting “Ex Post Facto” a return to joyful painting by Suzanne Marshall through April 27.

Fromm is a self-described artist/educator who divides her time between the studio and teaching classes at the Central New Mexico Community College. Her ambitious ceramics with mixed-media installation at the Harwood confirms a penchant for hard work and long hours.

The overall design implies a spiritual space with a chapel-like layout down the walls like the Stations of the Cross leading to an alter-like shrine on the south wall complete with a high drapery accent.

Though symbolically parallel to male-dominated Christianity, Fromm’s shrine room is a celebration of the goddess concept including the fecundity of Mother Earth and the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

“The Four Elements Fight Against Each Other” by Lindsey Fromm addresses the dichotomy of our existence on a personal as well as cosmic level.

Fromm draws inspiration from religious mythology, the art of alchemy as well as the science of astrophysics in “The Uncreated Light of the Sphere of the Fiery Firmament” a circular composition that may precede the Big Bang.

In the highly energetic “The Four Elements Fight Against Each Other” Fromm recognizes the complexity of life-death, creative/destructive forces forming the dichotomy of our existence on a personal and cosmic level.

Fromm’s installation is sumptuous, complicated and excellently executed. It is well worth a visit, as is Kaminsky’s elegant crystalline columnar installation rendered in gorgeous black and white in the front gallery.

Marshall is having her first solo show at the Weyrich Gallery and is celebrating an ex post facto embrace of the pure joy of painting that she first experienced as a child painting the walls of her mother’s closet.

Marshall is a longtime printmaker with a post graduate degree in fine arts who returned to painting in order to reclaim her creative spirit and just have fun again. Those of us who have advanced degrees appreciate how difficult it is to cut through the dense fog of higher education to re-experience the primal urge to make marks.

“As a child I learned to paint like Titian and spent the rest my life trying to learn how to paint like a child,” Pablo Picasso said.

Marshall also has spent her adult life trying to move back to her childhood “closet consciousness” with its insouciant creative spark when inspiration could be found in a cloud dragon that morphed into a bear and then a castle and on into a long summer afternoon of sky gazing.

Her “Blue Note” could be a reference to the famous Parisian jazz club or imagery found while sky watching.

“Ex Post Facto” is a successful return to Marshall’s roots with works like “Proboscis” replete with elephantine forms and “Straits of Bosporus,” an elegant post-modernist nod to abstract expressionism.

Marshall also has a knock-your-socks-off command of color throughout the exhibition. Do not miss it.