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Near Mint: In Lucas We Trust

When: Dec. 11-Jan. 18 2016

NEAR MINT: IN LUCAS WE TRUST

FLANDERS GALLERY, RALEIGH

THROUGH MONDAY, JAN. 18

So you've seen the movie—probably, if you're a diehard fan, more than once. You've bought all the merch for stocking stuffers and read all the supplementary comics. What's an over-satiated Star Wars fanatic to do now for his or her post-holiday withdrawal? An ongoing art show at Flanders Gallery is just the ticket, and unlike an IMAX ticket, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. Near Mint: In Lucas We Trust features 20 artists—some Star Wars fans, others not—who were commissioned to impose their visions on the blank variant covers of the first issue of Marvel's 2015 Star Wars comics. An illustrious group that includes local art scene standouts such as Heather Gordon, Bill Thelen, David Eichenberger, Rachel Herrick and Derek Toomes explores the franchise's outsize role in our culture from perspectives both critical and appreciative. Not only is it a novel use of those blank covers (they're supposed to be for you to hire your favorite comics creators to sketch on at conventions), it's a way to let visual artists weigh in on the topic everyone's talking about, using their particular language, with expressive possibilities beyond rants, quibbles and raves. Noon-5 p.m. Weds.-Fri.; 1-5 p.m. Sat., free, 505 S. Blount St., Raleigh, 919-757-9533, www.flandersartgallery.com. —Brian Howe

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