Local painter and sculpture Alex Cox’s Rising Tide Studios will present a collection of his abstract paintings and wall sculptures at Alchemy Coffee this month. Cox visits scrap yards and collects parts from old cotton gins and diesel engines, whose “implied functions” then become the central figure of his sculptures. This series of paintings focuses on cellular, organic shapes, veering away from his typical fish and ocean themes to emphasize the “human connection to all things responding to stimuli.” Cox’s more functional metalwork is visible around town, from the signs at Barton and Burwell outfitters to the Tin Roof. The Alchemy show’s opening occurs July 25 at 7 p.m. (11 Magnolia Road, West Ashley) and will include drinks and music by DJ D-Rock. —Stratton Lawrence