Francesca Sundsten

If you’ve been out of town this summer, then wander into the Catherine Person Gallery tonight during the First Thursday art walk, you’re in for a surprise. Grover/Thurston Gallery has left its old space on Occidental Park and relocated here. Its first show of the new season features local painter Francesca Sundsten, who bends traditional portraiture into a kind of fantastical sci-fi revisionism. The motifs and and gestures are familiar—the sort of Renaissance poses you might see in any old European cathedral or museum. Only a transmogrification has occurred. Sundsten places sheep and deer heads on female bodies, sets women’s faces on the bodies of dogs and monkeys. There’s a touch of surrealism, a trace of the album cover (as she’s done for KMFDM, in which her husband played drums). Her subjects are distorted, yet serene. BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Sept. 1. Continues through Oct. 1, 2011