Ethereal sculptures reminiscent of wings and of underwater creatures cast majestic shadows across the Real Eyes Gallery in Adams, where Brandon Graving's "Dance on A Blue Stage: I Love You — Tell Everyone," is on display through Nov. 7. An artist talk is scheduled for 5 p.m., Oct. 23.

Pale, mute-colored sculptures cast from crape myrtle trees felled during Hurricane Katrina, embellished with hand-painted vellum, found shells, glass beads and teardrops, egret and rooster feathers, and porcupine quills collected in Africa, are juxtaposed with brightly colored monoprints in this show of works culled from two decades; some new, some unseen.

"All of my work attempts to describe and suggest aspects of being human with great attention to the natural world that we share," Graving says of her work.

Graving, a master printmaker and owner of Gravity Press Experimental Print Shop at the Beaver Mill in North Adams, is known for her monumental, large-scale monoprints, multifaceted installations and sculptures.

An early resident of the Contemporary Artists Center, formerly located at the Beaver Mill, Graving originally split her time between North Adams and her home in New Orleans. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged her home, destroying her house, studio and much of her art. She became a permanent resident of North Adams and opened Gravity Press.

Her work is held in many notable collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Frederic R. Weisman Foundation. She has exhibited internationally and noted awards include the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award, the Gotlieb Foundation Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.

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Jennifer Huberdeau is The Eagle's features editor. Prior to The Eagle, she worked at The North Adams Transcript. She is a 2021 Rabkin Award Winner, 2020 New England First Amendment Institute Fellow and a 2010 BCBS Health Care Fellow.