Tonight, Gallery One is hosting an art opening that doubles as a welcome party. Artists Suzanne Howes-Stevens and Sally Hepler will make their official Nashville debuts. On the surface, their works are complete opposites: Howes-Stevens paints lush landscapes with rich textures and organic drips of thin paint, while Hepler sculpts sleek, abstract metallic forms. At the heart, though, each artist weaves her personal longings into an expressive yet controlled composition. Howes-Stevens layers maps of her native New England under elaborate studies of endangered wetland locations. Her brush retraces childhood fascinations in nature and nautical exploration. Hepler’s looping ribbons of metal show an inspiration in Russian constructivism and architectural lines. The infinite rings in her hand-fabricated bronzes evoke memories of important relationships and give concrete form to emotion.