Beth Foley and Veda Reed are painters who, at first glance, might seem to have little in common aside from the fact that they are both realists. But a closer look at Reed’s new series of night-sky paintings and Foley’s latest portrayals of ne’er-do-wells, both at the David Lusk Gallery, yields some unexpected commonalities. Despite wildly different subject matter, both artists manage to impart a tangible sense of the ominous nature of modern life, where unseen forces prowl just around the corner.

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