These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

Strange and wondrous
By GREG COOK  |  December 26, 2012

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FOUND An image from Maralie’s Pure Life.

In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures. The painted coffin is just one of the strange and wondrous objects highlighting this winter's art around Providence.

MARALIE: "VANISH" | Yellow Peril Gallery | January 18–February 10 | Providence artist Maralie Armstrong, who performs in the band Humanbeast, often turns found footage — erotic clips of women in furs or cameras following women with very long hair — into dreamlike, haunted experiences. In this solo show, they say, "Her work brings us closer to the unseen." | 60 Valley St, Providence | 401.861.1535 |  yellowperilgallery.com

KATE BLACKLOCK: "ACROSS TIME" | Candita Clayton Studio | January 25–March 1 | New paintings, ceramics, and photography by the Providence artist whose past work includes dreamy porcelain portrait busts of aging women. | 999 Main St, unit 105, Pawtucket | 401.533.8825 |  canditaclaytonstudio.com

"LOVE NEST" | Craftland | January 31–March 2 | A second annual Valentine-themed showcase of handmade prints, paintings, sculpture, and drawings. | 235 Westminster St, Providence | 401.272.4285 |  craftland.myshopify.com

"ECHOES & SHADOWS: NEW SCULPTURES, COLLAGES AND PAINTINGS BY SARAH CLOVER AND STEPHEN BROWNELL" | AS220 Project Space | February 2–23 | New works in AS220's Project Space by Brownell, who is known for his stark paintings of urban Providence, and Clover, whose resume includes jewelry made from old vinyl records, lace and gloves cast in iron, and a bejeweled art station wagon. Also in the Main Gallery (115 Empire St), new work by painter Lyn Hayden and activist communitarian printmaker Ian Cozzens. | 95 Mathewson St, Providence | 401.831.9327 |  as220.org

"STORY/LINE: NARRATIVE FORM IN SIX GRAPHIC NOVELISTS" | Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College | February 7–March 1 | RIC professor Natasha Seaman and cartoonist Karl Stevens round up a half-dozen doodlers, ranging from the wistful stretched truths of Gabrielle Bell's autobiographical tales to the slacker realism of Stevens's comics. Also featured: Ellen Crenshaw, Emily Flake, Kevin Mutch, and Bishakh Som. | 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence | 401.456.9765 | www.ric.edu/banister

"NEW IMPOSSIBILITIES" | Chazan Gallery at Wheeler School | February 8–28 | A group show featuring Emma Hogarth, who has video-ed a microscope scanning her body; Katie Koti, whose photos document the GLBT community; Evan Mann, whose 2012 RISD MFA thesis performance featured him walking around downtown dressed in a costume resembling a yeti caught in a blizzard; Agata Michalowska, whose art mediates on time and memory; and Tim Winn and Zehra Khan, who frequently perform dressed as carton skunks, pandas, and raccoons. | 228 Angell St, Providence | 401.421.9230 |  chazangallery.org

"2013 RISCA FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION" | Jamestown Art Center | February 14–March 9 | The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts' annual showcase of state grant-winners, including Jill Colinan's unsettling dolls, Leslie Hirst's cut-out paper works, Ernest Jolicoeur's abstract paintings, Denny Moers's expressionist photos, and more. | 18 Valley St | 401.560.0979 |  jamestownartcenter.org

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