Photo courtesy of Confluence Gallery
Beatty Ashley explores the concept of beauty in this work that will be on display.

What is beautiful? That big question is explored in the upcoming exhibit at Confluence Gallery opening Saturday (Jan. 13) with a reception from 4 – 8 p.m.

“The Beholden Eye: Concepts of Beauty” explores the idea of beauty, and whether there is a universal concept of beauty, or whether it is only in the eye of the beholder.

Artists in the main gallery present works that address questions about what is seen as beautiful. Is beauty literal or metaphorical? Is it contradictory or conventional? Is it unique or ubiquitous?

Also opening Saturday, in the Community Gallery, is an exhibit of works by Salyna Gracie, Confluence Gallery executive director, called “Deadly Beauty.” Gracie said the exhibit is an exploration of her fascination with the power of plants and their capacity to harm or heal, “drawing our attention to the fine line between death and enlightenment.” Gracie presents botanical studies in encaustic mixed media.

Both exhibits continue through Feb. 24.