A trip downstairs reveals work by York Harbor artist Susan MacDougall: "Notations," a two part photo series of personal, verily emotional content which nicely anchors the conceptual, contest-driven works above. For "The Kitchen Sink Diaries," MacDougall has photographed the daily contents of her sink basin. Shown in series, the cake pans, cat-food cans, and spatulas reveal several thoughtful stories of everyday life. The images are shown in concert with MacDougall's "Neckline" and "Torso" series, black and white digital photographs of a woman's anatomy the artist has hashed out in pen ink, creating the illusion that she's wearing a sort of three-dimensional garment in various whimsical patterns.

Thoughtful, rigorous visual and conceptual work shouldn't be the sole property of museums and city galleries. All good art begins with a trek into the unknown; thank this quaint York gallery for an opportunity to make your own.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached at nschroeder@phx.com.

GEORGE MARSHALL STORE GALLERY | showing "Momentum X," mixed media works by Kim Bernard + Lauren Gillette + Rose Umerlik + Lisa Grey | and "Notations," photography by Susan MacDougall | through May 27 | 140 Lindsay Rd, York | 207.351.1083 |  georgemarshallstoregallery.com

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