An exhibit with new work by three artists will open at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 with an artists' reception at Astoria Visual Arts Gallery, 160 10th St.

Local artist Roger McKay will be featured with the work "Gone Native." Self-taught McKay has been painting and carving landscapes of the Astoria area for more than 30 years. He just completed the mural for Fort Astoria city park and also worked on the mural at the Aquatic Center. The new work of imaginary landscapes is based on native stories and legends.

Miss Kitty (a.k.a. Kitty O'Keefe) presents work inspired by the authentic traditions of the New Orleans Vodou orders. The dolls, serpent figures, necklaces and other Vodou art uses materials and symbols consistent with contemporary Vodou religious practices, compared to the distortions of "voodoo" created by Hollywood. Miss Kitty was born and raised in southern California and now lives in Astoria. Miss Kitty spent time in New Orleans, where she explored the local religious culture.

Christian Smith with be showing paintings and puppets based on the folklore of selkies, mermaids, ghosts and pirates from her childhood in Maine. She worked at the Parsons School of Design in New York studying illustration for three years, followed by an internship with painter and animator Alan Magee.

The artwork will be on exhibit through Oct. 8.


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