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Abstract and mixed-media art in holiday exhibit at Page Bond Gallery

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Mixed-media and abstract paintings are included in Page Bond Gallery’s holiday exhibit, “Next,” on display through Friday, January 31, 2014.

Washington, D.C.’s Christopher Baer incorporates panes of colors into large pieces of multi-media.

“Palisades” is a series named after the part of D.C. where Baer lives, and “is a joyful exploration of color, brushwork and line,” according to a press release by the gallery.

Randy Toy’s pieces explore questions about spirituality, identity and the subconscious with printmaking, photography, painting, silver and gold leaf and drawing.

“His newest botanicals in acrylic on paper show the bold, flat minimalist aesthetic of collage,” the press release said of Toy’s pieces. “Process and execution are paramount in Toy’s work, and each object inspires a meditation on its making.”

Massachusetts painter Christine Sanford, who has a background in textiles and quilt making, employs an “intuitive” process in painting several thin layers on varied, colorful landscapes which “leads to brilliant fields of color and suggestive shapes with occasional dramatic glimpses into the layered history of each work.”

Dragana Crnjak’s charcoal and acrylic works were inspired by a 2012 trip to Iceland.

“Her marks in jet-black or varying shades of subdued color seem to be anchored in space like constellations viewed through a hazy lens containing sparks of light or specks of dust,” the gallery said in a statement about the Bosnia-born artist’s work. “These abstract forms suggest the imperfect recollection of a memory with different significance for each viewer.”

“Next” contains the work of 22 artists.

Page Bond Gallery is located at 1625 West Main Street, and can be reached at 804/ 359-3633. Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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