Painting from Life/Local Terrain

Closing soon: From sunlight and shadow, leaves and grass and snow, Fred Anderson and Jean Gumpper make the absorbing vignettes in this two-part show. In "Painting From Life," Anderson studies intimate things in familiar spaces — a toy sailboat moored on a library shelf, the stairwell of his Cambridge, Minn., home illuminated with summer light, a bower of hydrangeas in the garden. In her finely detailed "Local Terrain" woodcuts, Gumpper — whose "Snow Shadows I" is shown here — lays out designs of leaves, grasses, twigs and berries in their natural environments. Shown close up, her autumn leaves are twisted wisps of mottled yellow, grasses bend over their pond reflections, and berries shimmer on brittle twigs in snow. Keenly observed and eloquently designed, their paintings and prints are a cheerful winter tonic. (Noon-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Ends Jan 17. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls. 612-377-7800 or

Mary Abbe