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Life of The World To Come: Chase The Tear 

When: June 20-Aug. 19 2011

Timothy Buckwalter has curated three exhibitions under the heading Life of the World to Come that pair emerging artists from the mainstream with developmentally disabled artists from the National Institute of Art and Disabilities. Part three, Chase the Tear, with its title from music act Portishead, contains works by 26 artists. Among the figurative works, don't miss Cederick Brooks' large untitled portrait head; Shirley How's graffiti-style skeletal basketball players; Scott Hewicker's eccentric cat portraits and other studies of contemporary life; and Jean McElvane's pastel of superimposed animal heads. Among the notable abstractions are Micke Tong's small wall-mounted geometric sculpture; lyrical paintings by Sam Gant and Philip King; one of Val Britton's spatially complex collages; and two word paintings by Luis Estrada. There's more by Chris Johanson, Brent Hallard, Ann Mease, Rebecca Whipple, Billy White, and many others. Chase the Tear runs through August 19 at NIAD (551 23rd St., Richmond). 510-620-0290 or NIADart.org

— DeWitt Cheng

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