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Two radically different takes on the nature at Buffalo Arts Studio

The intricate, delicate paper artworks of Maude White and the grandiose mixed-media works of Allan Hebeler will serve as counterpoints to one another in a pair of exhibitions opening Friday in Buffalo Arts Studio (2495 Main St.).

White, whose meticulous paper cut-outs of figures, plants and animals have gained her a committed international following online, is an expert with an X-Acto knife. Through a meditative process, she has produced an illustrative mythology that reflects both her own mental state and the beautiful fragility of the natural environment. Her most recent work in the show, titled “You Were Wild Here Once,” explores the complex relationship between humans and nature.

Hebeler, on the other hand, works in the bolder and somewhat louder tradition of J.M.W. Turner, though he often eschews identifiable elements in favor of a grand abstract vision. His work, according to a release, “creates sublime images of the constant conflict inherent in man’s self-imposed disconnect from nature.”

Both exhibitions open with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday and run through Sept. 4. Call 833-4450 or visit buffaloartsstudio.org.

– Colin Dabkowski

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