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Weekend Art Pick: Baade, Ulrich and Rives at Billy Shire Fine Arts

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"The Fourth Enochian Key" by Christopher Ulrich and "Queen Bitch" by Carrie Anne Baade
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Mixing art into an evening's plans is not only elucidating and inspirational, but damned convenient. We locals are lucky that there is always something amazing to see in our own back yards or a mere freeway hop away. If you missed the myriad openings of Thursday's Downtown Art Walk, never fear, the weekend offers tons of eye candy. Consult your local gallery guide and plan to make a night of it. Here is my pick for your west side viewing pleasure.

Billy Shire will be serving up another heaping helping of lush, neo-surrealistic paintings and cathartic collage at BSFA. If you have a taste for what lies beneath the surface and beyond the imagination, rendered with the skill of the old masters and mages, then hustle down and feast your eyes on Carrie Ann Baade's allegorical portraits of deadly-gorgeous sins and Christopher Ulrich's latest eye-popping sojourn through the arcane and the archetypal. (Click here for a 2007 review of Ulrich's work.) Equally potent and self-revealing are KS Rives' intimate collages woven from scraps of trash found on the streets of India. The exhibition runs June 13th through July 4th. Check the gallery for viewing hours. Opening reception is Saturday, June 13th, 2009 from 7 to 10pm.