On Friday evening, be sure to make your way to the French Quarter on the peninsula for some great opening receptions. And remember, people love unique gifts, especially those that are local and handmade.

‘Evocation’

“I am drawn in emotionally by the physical beauty of women and by the power that women possess. It is, more often than not, a quiet power and it is steadfast. My women are weighty and vast to represent their far-reaching influence,” artist Kirsten Moran says of her figures in her newest solo collection called “Evocation,” on display at Atelier Gallery.

Gallery owner Gabrielle Egan says this of the show: “In this new series of paintings, Kirsten Moran continues to investigate the history of girls and women from the corporeal, environmental and psychological perspectives. This exhibition explores a personal journey toward an understanding of our ancestral roots: a matrilineage that connects us all through our bodies, the land and the psyche. Moran approaches her paintings as a life-long excavation into the feminine most often utilizing the classical ruin as a point of departure. She incorporates portraiture, architectural elements and the landscape with varying degrees of abstraction in her paintings. The paint itself becomes a subject with its undeniable materiality and lushness. Her surfaces mimic the elements of the earth.”

Join the artist from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Atelier Gallery, 153 King St. For more info, call 722-5668 or go to www.theateliergalleries.com.

‘American Parables’

Painter Joshua Flint describes his current work at Robert Lange Studios as dynamic, multi-layered personal narratives. They are, at once, dreamy and realistic, and certainly nostalgic.

“The series highlights classic images of Americana: children holding hands, spanning time in a game of ring-around-the-rosy, a lone motorcycle rider exploring wide-open spaces, and the celebration of a bride to be. A great writer once said that there is no continuous narrative of life, there are lit-up moments, and the rest is dark. I’m interested in that lit-up moment, the story there, that holds our attention from childhood to adulthood. For whatever reason these subjects spoke to me and captivated my imagination,” he says.

“The act of viewing a painting is personal, so I encourage one’s own thoughts and emotions to elucidate meaning. With many of these paintings the meaning could be in the form of a parable, an allegory, perhaps a myth, or even alternative realities. In each painting I am trying to make the ‘unfamiliar familiar’, and in that way allow other associations to arise.”

Check out these stunning pieces in person from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. For more, call 805-8052 or go to www.robertlangestudios.com.

‘Metamorphoses’

Myths and legends always have been a source of inspiration for as long as they have existed.

Jennie Summerall’s new series at the Corrigan Gallery focuses on the mythological imagery of Io, Leda, Melusine, Diana and Actaeon, Zeus, Parvati and Ganesh.

“Summerall loves doing figurative work and drawing from classical and other mythology often relating the figures who are transformed or searching, likely for a lost Eden.

The artist is most preoccupied with the human species destroying the natural world. Mythological human/animal transformation themes provide fodder for her imagery and a basis for discussion for saving our Eden,” says gallery owner Lese Corrigan.

“Metamorphoses” will be Summerall’s fourth solo show at the Corrigan Gallery and she is now going to become a permanent member of the gallery with this show, which will be on display throughout the month of December.

Join them at the opening reception Friday evening from 5-8 at the Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St.

For more info, call 722-9868 or go to www.corrigangallery.com.