A year ago, Indy critic Kate Dobbs Ariail had this to say about the work of painter Jacob Cooley: "First-class painters are rare on the ground anywhere, and anyone interested in painting here knows they are few and far between in North Carolina. So it is particularly wonderful to follow Durham native Cooley's development toward possible greatness." This month, Triangle residents get an opportunity to see Cooley, who earned an MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993, erase the "possible" from that "possible greatness," when Durham's Tyndall Galleries opens its latest exhibition, Jacob Cooley: New Paintings. Cooley's neo-realist landscape paintings celebrate, according to the artist, "the infallible truths and deep-rooted perpetuity of landscape" (see "Languid August Evening," pictured). The exhibition will be up from Sept. 5 through Oct. 13. Call 683-8489 for details.