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Staniar Gallery Presents New Orleans-Based Artist’s Work The works will be on display through Nov.1, with an artist’s talk and reception on Oct.16 at 5:30 p.m.

IdaFloreak-Seraph Staniar Gallery Presents New Orleans-Based Artist’s WorkSeraph, 2019, oil on wood panel, 48 x 48 inches

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by New Orleans-based artist Ida Floreak will open in Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery Oct. 2. The works will be on display through Nov.1, with an artist’s talk and reception on Oct.16 at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall.

Ida Floreak’s photorealistic paintings are studies of the meaning and beauty inherent in the natural world. The dreamlike depictions of bones, leaves and insects are carefully arranged in quiet compositions that reference devotional imagery, creating connections between the scientific and mystical. Moving between controlled, realistic painting and loose, abstract drawing, Floreak explores artistic relationships between the body and mind, intuition and knowledge.

Floreak earned her bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting and scientific illustrations.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.