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ART: "New Arcadia"

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The concept of Arcadia — which in art alludes to the Utopian vision of pastoralism — is not a new one. Originally a region in ancient Greece, the name has been adopted by countless modern places and is used to reference longing for peaceful perfection in works that range from literature to music, film, and fine art. AXOM Gallery's new exhibit, "Kurt Moyer: New Arcadia," is a solo exhibition of paintings celebrating the figure frolicking in the idyllic landscape, dwelling contentedly in that perfect, eternal moment.

Moyer's modern take on the "bather" subject includes nonchalant nudes lolling together in sun-dappled, creek-divided woods and swimsuit-clad revelers serenely exploring the surf. The show runs November 30-January 12 at Axom Gallery (176 Anderson Ave., Suite 303). See it Wednesdays–Saturdays, noon-5 p.m., or by appointment. An opening reception will take place Friday, December 7, 6-9 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free. For more information, call 232-6030 x23, or visit axomgallery.com.

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