Another gaze is manifested in Deni Ponty's "Study for the Edge of the West," a 1992 oil painting depicting a beach scene in which a foregrounded male figure in board shorts eyes another running along the shoreline. In a show laden with rippling abdominals, pierced nipples, and unsheathed appendages of all sorts, it's a stroke of subtlety that lends both emotional content and subjectivity, contrasting the proud, glamorous displays of New York gay life with a beach scene that attendees of this inspirational and unlikely Biddeford show might find familiar.

"Two Loves: Sex, Art, and the Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name" | mixed media selections from the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art | through Dec 31 | Kymara Gallery, North Dam Mill, 2 Main St, Building 17, Ste 220, Biddeford | kymara.com | 207.286.7399

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