Landing Gallery, 409 Main St., will open “Nature As Color,” a solo exhibition of 55 new paintings by Irma Cerese, with a First Friday Art Walk reception Aug 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will run through Sept. 10.

Cerese’s primary interest in painting is color relationships. She said she uses landscape both as a point of connection and departure, not to tell a story or accurately describe the observed world but to “convert the primary elements of what inspired me in the first place — trees, sky, ground, water, weather, the occasional building — into an underlying loosely geometric structure.”

The resulting images often border on the abstract. Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. She maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. Landing Gallery is Cerese’s principal gallery affiliation and has held 11 consecutive, annual, solo exhibitions for her paintings since 2007.

Landing Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 239-1223 or

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