Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Elaine Wolf and Lee Ellis - CCA Gallery - Dec. 22, 2004 - 1 1/2 stars

You could drown in the plethora of watercolor floral arrangements and landscape style works in the CCA Gallery. Most are somewhat provincial and common while others, like Jane Wiley (great compositions and jewel-toned colors) and Bob Bratton's offerings, are way above the average - even moreso when their fair prices are compared to those of lesser works sharing the same space. Elaine Woffe's flat, cluttered scenes of streetscapes and the like are naively handled, skimming the boundary of outsider art when compared to other works on view. Of note: She offers the service of turning a favorite family photo (vacation scene?) into a painting. Elegant turned wood bowls are something the CCA has no shortage of either. Their co-op artisans consistently create unique and refined vessels, bowls and platters, including those featured currently by Lee Ellis. They are as sculptural as functional. Through Dec. 28, 2004; 317-255-9633. –Mary Lee Pappas

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