For its latest exhibition, XYandZ Gallery departs from the highly conceptual, digitally based exhibits it typically favors for a collection of realistic paintings that exemplify technique over conceit. "Eye of the Beholder" features the work of award-winning Minneapolis painter Kristie Bretzke, a longtime member of the Traffic Zone artist co-op who holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota. Her portraits and "poolscapes" -- a collection of moonlit renderings of empty concrete swimming pools -- are serene, hauntingly beautiful depictions of loneliness, detachment, loss, triumph and family. Bretzke's work seems strikingly straightforward and classical for the contemporary gallery, but her slightly voyeuristic perspective lends a modern edge.
- Free opening reception 7-10 p.m. Sat. 5/12
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