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"My work is about classic beauty ... with a darker underbelly," says Raleigh painter Tisha Edwards, a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago and one of the trio of artists on display at Gallery C's new exhibition. Depicting a bearded lady, human/animal creatures and even a pair of graceful Sumo wrestlers, the painter's work is full of humor and power. Elsewhere in the gallery, the surreal clay sculptures of Appalachian State grad Scott Stockdale mirror Edwards' fascination with the darker side. Face of Liar (pictured left) shows Stockdale's eerie dexterity with his medium and his message--a rope holds the naked breast to the cracked torso while the mask sits easily on the face, tilting skyward with a slight smile. Rounding out the exhibition are the intricate geometrical collage paintings of Amaechi Raphael Okigbo, a native Nigerian and assistant professor of landscape design at N.C. State. The exhibit opens July 7 (with an artists' reception from 7 to 9 p.m.) and runs through August 5. For details, call 828-3165.

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