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Becky Hall Fehsenfeld Gallery

Becky Fehsenfeld’s fine art paintings are second-to-none in Indianapolis. Currently on display are a couple of her most brilliant works, and a few others that lack that Fehsenfeld luster. The artist is most successful depicting warm and exotic images, capturing the human spirit in its most raw and natural state. “Mercado Libre” is a bright and bustling depiction of a crowded street market. A kaleidoscope of bold colors reflects from the surface, creating a hazy and abstract scene. A man sits at his workbench in the “Chop Carver.” His work is strewn out before him and his elbows prop up his weathered body, while a strikingly red tablecloth flows from the bench, adding spicy color to this street scene. In comparison, “Sunrise on Route 110” features an uninspired country scene, equipped with a barn and silo against that Indiana sky. The colors are muted and dull — the subject tired. Similarly, “They Took Flight” depicts a flock of large winged birds flying through a hazy brown sky. Fehsenfeld’s works are often inspired by adventures abroad. Her works depicting far off lands are rich and profound, boldly embracing vivid colors and loose painterly strokes. Lets hope her works in progress, inspired by an AIDS clinic in Africa, will capture that same spark. Through June 21; 317-732-0026.

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