Creatures of great disproportions

Jim Adams at Shimo Center for the Arts

“Cripes!” by Jim Adams, graphite and watercolor, 2011.

“Cripes!” by Jim Adams, graphite and watercolor, 2011.

Where: Shimo Center for the Arts, 2117 28th Street; (916) 706-1162;
Second Saturday reception: June 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Through July 10.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

The tips of Jim Adams’ graphite pencils give birth to the strangest, twiggy-limbed, gargantuan-headed, tiny-footed and—at least on one occasion—fanny-pack-wearing humanoid creatures. Adams, a longtime resident of Corvallis, Oregon, has been exhibiting artwork since the ’80s. Because of the delicate shading and restrained use of saturated hues in his watercolor, he gives an intriguing beauty to the narratives and the players within them from this odd yet familiar world he’s generated, which allows the viewer to see these somewhat grotesque, wrinkly faced beings as lovely, actually.

Eddie Bisese and Liz Ingebretsen’s work will also be on display.