Staying within the lines
A new exhibit at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery this month encourages viewer participation, though not in the high-tech, virtual-reality way that overpowers people’s imaginations these days. Instead, it’s a time-honored approach that most of us grew up with: the coloring book. The exhibit is a group show of many of the gallery’s popular artists—Alan Post, Gary Pruner, Ken Waterstreet, Robert Else, Jack Ogden and others—and, while the work serves as an excellent display of talent the gallery has to offer, the coloring book puts a nice spin on the show. You can purchase the book, with black-and-white outlines of each piece in the show, for $7.95 and then try to reconstruct the color in the original pieces or attempt something entirely different. The gallery will hold two contests—one for kids under age 10 and another for those 11 and older. It isn’t clear what the prize is, but, if it’s coming from this gallery, it’s probably pretty good. The gallery is located at 2131 Northrop Avenue; it’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the show runs through December 28.