Group shows typically pop up around the holidays, and often they seem like arbitrary conglomerations of unrelated parts. But Froelick’s holiday group show has the feel of a bona fide “best of the best” lineup. It’s easy to take this gallery’s stable for granted, thanks to reliably engaging programming and owner Charles Froelick’s easygoing manner. But when, as in this show, you see works by artists as diverse as Rick Bartow (archetypal imagery influenced by Native traditions), Victor Maldonado (politically charged installations and mixed media), and Laura Ross-Paul (sumptuous, symbolism-encoded paintings), you realize just how lucky we are to have this gallery in our midst year after year. Through Feb. 2.
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