Up In the Air 

The Midwest is often derided as flat and boring, and its always someone who's only seen it from a plane who does so. The view from ground level is much, much nicer, particularly when you're seeing it through an artist's eyes. Painter Jeff Aeling pays homage to our terroir and to the venerable art of Romantic landscape painting in his new exhibition at the Philip Slein Gallery (1319 Washington Avenue; 314-621-4634 or www.philipsleingallery.com). In his canvases the sky is given equal time with the land, and therein lies the Midwestern difference; when you're on flat ground the horizon is smack-dab in the middle, bisecting earth and air with reliable precision. Aeling's immense technical skill allows him to recreate the shimmering, endless vistas of sky in all its glory. It's the sort of beauty you take for granted, until someone shows it to you anew, as Aeling does. Jeff Aeling: New Paintings opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 11. The show remains up through Saturday, December 17, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 11. Continues through Dec. 17, 2011

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