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Art Tue Mar 16 2010
Rine Boyer's Animal Series opened last Sunday at Old Town Art Center's Triangle Association, which is tucked away on North Park Ave. in a hardly marked building on the north side of Old Town. Animal Series is a collection of ink on paper portraits. Some of the larger pieces are pasted to large slabs of wood and glossed over with resin. The models appear to be friends of Boyer's; they are all titled by the subject's first name but Boyer's artist statement reflects her interest in "painting strangers as friends and friends as strangers to explore common personalities" so ultimately, the distinction is lost. Each portrait is decorated with a free-hand print of an animal that, according to Boyer, depicts the subject's personality. "Christine" is adorned with owls, "Bruce," with moose, and "Gabrielle," with whales. The show has character and Boyer's fondness of her work and her subjects is evident and frankly, cute.
The show closes April 2, 2010.