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Paintings, drawings and mixed media at Atrium Gallery through Feb. 27 (Released: 2/11/98)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- Paintings, drawings and mixed media constructions with a common theme - storytelling - are on display at the University of Connecticut’s Atrium Gallery in the Fine Arts Building through Feb. 27.

"Telling Tales" showcases the work of Laylah Ali, Catherine McCarthy and Deborah Putnoi.

"Each artist collects and uses the resources of daily life, memory, art and social history to bend and shape images that construct stories," says Deborah Muirhead, a professor of art and curator of the show. Their works are filled with subtexts and innuendo that encourage us to decipher and interpret according to our own wanderings and questionings, says Muirhead, who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship last year.

Like mini-dramas, Ali’s paintings evoke memories of childhood school days. Ali received a master of fine arts degree in painting from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1994. She has had solo exhibits at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, and Washington's University Gallery of Art. Her group exhibits include the Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

McCarthy’s densely painted works are a tapestry of images appropriated from popular culture

and art history. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art in 1978. Her solo exhibits include the David Beitzel Gallery, in New York, the Haines Gallery, San Francisco, and the Nielsen Gallery, Boston. Her group exhibits include the David Beitzel Gallery, the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass., and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. Her works are in many public and corporate collections.

Putnoi’s mixed media constructions are formed by stacking and layering text on top of image and juxtaposing them within the surface structure. She studied painting and printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and earned a masters degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1992. Her solo exhibits include Gallery 57, Cambridge, Mass., and the Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla. Her group exhibits include the Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Mass., the Starr Gallery, Newton, Mass., and the Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, Mass.

The Atrium Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.