“Forever Becoming” by Matthew Merchant, Feb. 2-28

Artist’s Reception: Friday, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m.

“I am a self-taught abstract and surrealist artist interested in creating work steeped in mystery and the interplay between memory, form, and color. Being born and raised in rural Illinois surrounded by farms and fields encouraged and informed the vivid daydreamer within me. However, I didn’t complete my first painting until the age of 27. Most of my work is a spontaneous release of the subconscious followed by hours of tedious dedication to the completed vision. Thanks for looking.” — Matthew Merchant