Your grandma’s style

Gallery 21Ten presents a group show of reclaimed thrift-stop paintings

“Monster Tag” by Laurelin Gilmore, enhanced thrift-store painting.

“Monster Tag” by Laurelin Gilmore, enhanced thrift-store painting.

Where: Gallery 21Ten, 2110 K Street; (916) 476-5500;

Second Saturday reception: September 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Through October 5.

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Painting over old, staid thrift-store paintings is not a new idea—but it’s not bad idea, especially when it’s done well.

In Gallery 21Ten’s Loft Gallery’s group show called Thrift Monsters, a leviathan peeks through the surface of an otherwise sunset-tinged, peaceful lake in autumn, and a furry monster with an underbite creeps behind a traditional still life of classy vessels and gleaming fruit, stealing a single grape in between his talons.

Call it upcycling, lowbrow or whatever: These quiet relics have been transformed into playful tableaus. So, let’s all thank the participating artists, including Laurelin Gilmore, for mercifully defacing Grandma’s discarded rumpus-room décor into something enjoyable to look at again.