Art fans both casual and committed face a common problem: It's easy to pick out what you like, harder to put your reasons into words. How to explain to a friend why one painting leaves you indifferent, while the one next to it is, um, "cool?" One's own lack of eloquence can be frustrating. But L.A. Bachman, a St. Louis painter, finds value in these inchoate impressions. A K-12 art teacher, she writes, "children know what they like and dislike before they develop the cognitive skills to explain their personal preferences." In her latest series of paintings, Bachman "want[s] to catch people with the instant visual enjoyment of the drawings and paintings before the viewer has a chance to think any further." Her exuberantly colorful paintings, which combine abstract forms with familiar organic imagery, should do just that. The show also features paintings by Janis Pozzi-Johnson.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 2. Continues through May 30, 2009