Figuratively speaking

Marty Walsh at Trifecta Gallery
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Trifecta gallery owner Marty Walsh wants you to discover the artists of tomorrow. Since opening her gallery nearly six years ago in the Arts Factory, Walsh has made it her priority to support artists whose work is still affordable and reflects the narrative or figurative style. Artists like Louisville, Kentucky-based Tom Pfannerstill, who finds discarded items and re-creates them perfectly, using only wood and paint. Crushed juice boxes, Chinese food containers, Starbucks sample cups, a Johnson’s baby oil bottle — Walsh’s gallery looks as though she forgot to clean up. (Just to prove to viewers that his work is real, Pfannerstill recreates some objects three times their size.) Walsh’s gallery is the only one west of the Mississippi that has shown his work. “I love people who have eye-hand coordination for an object,” says Walsh, a figurative painter who feels the arts district is entering a new era, one where First Friday is both a festival and a viable art walk. “It’s this living, breathing thing that’s opening and closing,” she says. “I have high hopes for arts as a whole, not just one day of the week. If you haven’t been here for four, five, six years, come again.”

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