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Thursday’s opening of the annual Figure Out show at Tapp’s Art Center, a partnership between Tapp’s and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, featured a broad swath of figurative works in most art mediums, created by the area’s top tier artists and some for whom this show was a public debut. More than 50 artists responded to the exhibition call, in part because opportunities for showing figurative nudes publically are rather rare.

One goal of the show, now in its fifth year, was to replace taboos with informed awareness about the human body’s place in classical art, culture, society and self-care, in other words, health. Another goal was to afford the public a forum in which to exhibit its support for Planned Parenthood – by attending the show.

In this gallery setting, patrons engaged in comfortable dialogue and easy acceptance of the bare torsos and limbs framed aesthetically along the walls. Mid-aisle, sculpture was placed so as to fully utilize the exhibition space. Work offered for the show, much of it never shown before, showcased the Midlands’ art talent, liberal views of art history’s enduring subject, some presented playfully, some classically serious.

Opening as part of First Thursday’s September celebration, Figure Out will remain on view through the month, with strategic and ample parental warning that in presenting figurative art, nudity is innately visible.

Co-sponsors plan a Closing Reception September 30.

Tapp’s Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Viewing the art is free.

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