“Calm & Chaos” opens Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., at Carriage Factory Art Gallery

Calm & Chaos” opens March 12 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery

Abstract paintings by Eric Carbrey and metal sculptures by Ralph Wickstrom are the featured art in “Calm & Chaos,” the new exhibit opening Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. Ian Gingrich-Gaylord will be the featured musician, with jazz stylings on the piano. Refreshments will be served. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Carbrey, a native of Wichita who recently moved to Chicago, said that he creates geometric art that feels as if the shapes are growing into their current frozen positions. “I try to create complexity with simplicity and at the same time simplicity with complexity.”

Ralph Wickstrom got involved in the creative process of making sculptures from scrap metal after his retirement from the academic world at Ripon College, Wisconsin. He found a rich source of metal in nearby scrap yards, and that’s when he became fascinated with the ability to put them together as objects of sculptural character, of giving fine metal a new life.

Wickstrom has created 350 sculptures that range in height from
12 inches to more than six feet.

Regular hours for Carriage Factory Art Gallery are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about classes and exhibits, call 316-284-2749 or visit www.carriagefactoryartgallery.com.