STEVEN SCOTT GALLERY
515 N. Charles St. Frank Trefny: New Paintings At least one critic has remarked upon Frank Trefny's ability to achieve, all at once, a joyful chaos and a calmness in his still-life paintings. Far from the fruit-in-bowl subjects typical of the genre, Trefny's work (on display through April 27) contains a Victorian complexity that suggests movement. "Lacquer Chest and Spring Bouquet," for example, includes a Chinese urn, chest, and rug; flower baskets, folding screens, robes and a blue crystal ball. And yet a tension is achieved between this compositional complexity and a state of inner certainty, according to noted critic Gerrit Henry. His work displays a unity in which "the act of painting is practically one with the act of perceiving." 752-6218.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
5700 Park Heights Ave. "Bridges to Understanding."
Both artists in this exhibit (through April 28) use art to voice concerns about social issues, according to JCC arts coordinator Pauline Davison. "They are people with a conscience," she says. Paul Collins, an African-American from Michigan, used a recent trip to Israel as inspiration for his "Voices of Israel" series, which depict Jews, Arabs, and Fallashahs (Jewish Ethiopians) in "dry oil" figurative representations. South African Nathan Margalit (now living in Boston) has devoted his energies to developing and promoting township artists in South Africa. His abstract prints, mixed media drawings, and encaustics -- works created by a combination of paint and melted wax -- are featured. Call 542-4900.