Delightful 10

Daily from June 23-Oct. 2
12-7 p.m.
Art, Galleries

Fellow animal-loving artists and friends Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice celebrate a decade since their first show together in "Delightful 10," a new exhibition opening at Track 29 Gallery on Thursday. A custom pet portrait painter by day, Davis creates a distinct, subtly unsettling world in her gallery work. Wide-eyed wildlife appear to contemplate the viewer's gaze, not the other way around. Blue-faced women make silent pleas against patterned backgrounds. Rice's oeuvre is informed by her youth on a farm in southern Wisconsin. A 4-H participant, she showed artwork as well as sheep, cattle, and rabbits at county and state fairs. Her latest pieces feature flora from her home garden and fauna she's encountered on her property in northern Minnesota. Both artists demonstrate an attentive appreciation of the natural world, though Davis toes the line of an abstract and carnival-esque aesthetic while Rice tends toward a whimsical and tenderhearted approach. Together, they capture a rich and endearing landscape that draws the viewer in for a closer look. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23.