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Donald Saaf, Three Figures (detail), 2015, mixed media, gouache, ink, 11" x 17"

BRATTLEBORO >> Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce recent paintings by Donald Saaf with an artist reception and exhibition opening Thursday, June 2, 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 10, with an artist talk scheduled for Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

Donald Saaf's unique oil paintings provide a personal glimpse into regional landscape and community. His peopled rustic scenes are crafted with attention to overall surface pattern and texture; he utilizes collaged fabric, distorted perspective and highly stylized figures to create rich, quilt-like surfaces alive with activity. Saaf suggests trying to "...see the pictures simultaneously both for their 'story' and as pure abstraction hinting perhaps at the passage of time or suggestion that reality is more pliable than we usually think."

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts features innovative works by midcareer and established artists in a variety of media. MGFA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.