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Works by five western Michigan and eleven eastern Michigan artists dot the airy gallery. Taken as a whole, the western works — to generalize from a tiny sample — share a quietude or equipoise. The eastern works bristle with presence, and range from a year chronicled in stickers to a wall-full of paper cutouts to an assemblage of whimsical yet precise resin paintings of subjects drawn from nature.

Julie Dummermuth's A Year in Review consists of a large square canvas coated in tidy vertical rows of stickers adhering to several subtle background bars of color. This fun, peppy piece instantly snares the viewer into trying to guess if the work is chronological and representational, and, if so, which stickers represent which times of year. Flowers seem to indicate spring (too easy), until adjacent black cats foil that guess. Perhaps the flowers' whiteness indicates snow and winter — but then what about . . . ? This simple work turns out to be an engaging visual puzzle.

Scattered wildly over the back wall, Kate Mooth's "improvisational wall art" (above), life-size paper cutouts of such household objects as vacuum cleaners, toasters, and even earrings, spills in a jumble toward the ceiling. The teeming crowd of rust-colored silhouettes staggers the viewer a bit, forcing reflections on materialism and the huge quantity of objects in one's everyday life.

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