[image-1]At the beginning of each month, many area art galleries welcome visiting artists or new work by resident artists, and the first Friday of the month almost always means early evening public receptions with small bites and vino.

As the city’s art scene expands beyond the French Quarter, visiting each gallery in one night may be more of a bike/car venture than a leisurely walk, but trust us, your right-brain will thank you. Here are some highlights for tomorrow’s opening night gallery receptions:

Robert Lange Studios
Associate prof. at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, painter Joshua Flint presents a series of work at RLS in [Un] Familiar Ground. Flint draws from digitized museum archives, vintage shops, and social media platforms; images from the past are overlain with the present, creating an eerily ephemeral world where the possibilities for interpretation are endless. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meyer Vogl Gallery [image-4]Meyer Vogl hosts Nashville-based plein air artist and contemporary impressionist Anne Blair Brown for a solo show, SOUTHBOUND, featuring work that is “quintessentially Southern.” This past year, artist and co-gallery owner Marissa Vogl was able to spend a day painting in plein air with Brown, noting how Brown could capture at “jaw dropping speed” the sun going down, creating an entire piece in just 40 minutes. Check out these moments in time at the reception from 5 to 8 p.m.; wine and small bites will be served.

Miller Gallery
Miller Gallery artist Kate Hooray Osmond will present recent paintings in Oversight, a series of work featuring impressionistic versions of industrial areas of a city, based on photos taken from a helicopter. “I’ve always been attracted to non-attractive areas, places that wouldn’t show up on the Visitors Bureau’s tourism site,” says Osmond. “I grew up in Baltimore and there were power plants, steel mills, and all these similar places shielded from highways, and they’re so interesting and architecturally really beautiful.” The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. [content-1]The Vendue
The Vendue may be a hotel, but they have a serious art slant, with Robert Lange Studios curating their exhibits. Canadian emerging visual artist Sara Golish presents a solo exhibit, Birds of Paradise, which highlights women from around the world with birds perched on their shoulders. The birds represent the “individual uniqueness of how women each experience oppression in varying configurations and degrees of intensity while sharing a common experience” and the women are inspired by a “pantheon of goddesses.” The opening reception begins at 5 p.m.

George Gallery
[image-2]Brooklyn artist Vicki Sher presents new work at the George Gallery in her exhibit Field Day. “Decisions are made based on color, shape, line, space, negative spaces and layers,” says Sher. “However, the work is grounded in natural forms, flowers, plants, domestic life, etc. I’ve drawn much of my inspiration from the world around me and, specifically, its recent changes. It’s not political, but it does seem worth mentioning that this new work all began for me as if in response to a horrible reality … This is what I chose to make my work about: the complexity, surprises and playfulness all around us.” The reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Art MECCA of Charleston
[image-3]The Art MECCA of Charleston presents a group show featuring area artists Julia Deckman, Erika Allen, and Jane Ann Sweeny. Exaggerated Nature focuses on the “inherent beauty” of Mother Nature and how it can be perceived in “an alternate manner by those who encounter her.” The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; enjoy complimentary drinks and live music by Charleston Symphony Orchestra assistant principal viola Alex Agrest.