While some people spend their summer fighting insidious plants like poison ivy or Japanese stilt grass, former Dallas artist Jennifer Pepper embraces and features them in her art. Since moving to rural Tennessee, Pepper has introduced elements of the landscape into her painting and sculpture to discuss such issues as the disappearance of bees, invasive plants and the changing weather. In her appropriately titled exhibition Itch at Eastfield College's Gallery 219, she introduces sculptures that intertwine text, wire and magnetic tape to give the appearance of the organic menace using solely man-made elements. The exhibit gets under you skin Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of September at Gallery 219, in the Fine Arts Building of Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite. The exhibition is free. Visit efc.dcccd.edu/gallery219 for further information.
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts: Sept. 1. Continues through Sept. 30, 2011