Through Dec. 26 at Harrison Center for the Arts. It was impossible to avoid the holiday-themed group shows this First Friday — they’re as inevitable as your shopping mall Santas. But even if they're uneven affairs, they're still a good way to see new work by unfamiliar artists.

I came across Laura Levine's work for the first time at the Harrison Center for the Arts' annual color-themed show. Her 3D mixed media, wall-hanging sculpture “Moses and the Burning Bush,” which portrays some dude in a hoodie succumbing to flames with eyeballs, is magnificently colorful and inventive. More of Levine's work is on display through December at Fountain Square's Funkyard.

Cagney King isn't a new discovery, but permit me to say a few words about her eyebrow-raising, diptych-esque “Blow me” paintings, which feature a man being blown away by a fan on one canvas and a woman drying her hair on another. Also take note of King's painting “Extinct,” recently featured in Studio Visit Magazine, which finds a rhinoceros against a rough-hewn yet painterly backdrop.

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Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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