Maureen Herndon's new show at 12x16 Gallery, titled Departures, reflects her recent travels as well as her continued pursuit of creating small collages. Her small works invite the viewer to take a closer look.

The title of Reed Clarke's show is Face to Face, and for some years faces and figures have inhabited all of his paintings. Clarke hopes to elicit something about being human that is familiar, but which seems impossible to say clearly or completely in other mediums. The idea of having a human subject and the discipline that imposes on the composition of the work is something he values.

Once a painting is begun Clarke is lost in the actual process of the interplay of color, line, volume, value and other visual challenges that must be dealt with before the finished painting begins to emerge. In the end, Reed Clarke achieves a balance between the subject of the painting and actual quality of the paint on the canvas.