Mary McIntyre

In her show Birds and Booze, the figurative painter celebrates louche, lounging, beer-drinking women. A bartender at the famed Blue Moon Tavern, she claims to have drawn inspiration from its patrons. And from members of The Rat City Roller Girls, whose non-waifish body types are on display here. Many of her canvases--rendered in oil--are bathed in amber light, suggesting a world filtered through beer bottles or shot glasses of scotch. Indeed, some of her smaller works simply depict Rainier cans and the detritus one sees on a bar counter in the afternoon. She cites influences Edward Hopper, Lucien Freud, and Andrew Wyeth. And who wouldn't like to have an afternoon beer with those three? (Reception 6 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 21.) BRIAN MILLER

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 21, 6-9 p.m. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 30, 2010

 
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