Alan Magee will open his Studio Annex to the public Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Magee will present a preview of paintings destined for his October exhibition at Forum Gallery in New York City.

Several recent works pay tribute to the beauty and metaphor of time-worn artist’s tools and architecture. In another series of paintings, the artist honors three mid-century Germans who resisted war and Fascism in different ways: Käthe Kollwitz through her empathetic art; Ernst Friedrich through his lifelong anti-war activism; and Dietrich Bonhoeffer through a bravely compassionate Christianity.

This year’s open-studio exhibition will premiere a new series of sculptural reliefs. These works, created in steel and concrete and collectively titled To Posterity, look at familiar objects as the moldering artifacts of a not-so-distant future. Two half-buried oil cans evoke fossil ancestors of the horseshoe crab, and a row of sunken bolts allude to the fallen columns of Rome’s Imperial Forum. The series resulted from Magee’s 2009 stay in Rome and subsequent interest in the turn of Rome’s republic into an unsustainable empire.

There is no charge to attend and the studio, located at 447 Pleasant Point Road, is wheelchair accessible. For more information, send e-mail to or visit

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