Surreal scenes in grays take center stage in Ashley Whitt’s exhibit “The Haunted Mind” on display through April 12 at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

“When my mother passed away five years ago, I became consumed by depression and anxiety,” said Whitt. “These images are visual representations of the fears and anxieties that exist within myself. The images are primarily created in wooded areas and isolated landscapes in order to visually depict the unconscious mind.”

Whitt printed images on dass transfer film and transferred them onto a lightweight Japanese paper. The process allowed her to manipulate the photos and blur or distort parts of the image.

“The Haunted Mind” has been featured in several publications including The Hand Magazine and an interview in Fragmentary, an online publication.

Committed to making contemporary artwork accessible, the gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, one hour before COM Community Theatre performances, and by appointment.

For more information, call 409-933-8354 or visit www.com.edu/gallery.

Sword fights and shenanigans in comedy ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

Pratfalls, slammed doors and shenanigans abound in College of the Mainland’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo.”

It is the summer of 1953, and George and Charlotte Hay, formerly stars on Broadway, are languishing in a rundown touring company. On the brink of splitting up after George’s fling with a young actress, they discover they have one last chance: Frank Capra is coming to see their show, and this could be their moment to be cast in “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

Soon, however, the play devolves in chaos as George’s deaf mother-in-law undercuts him and their daughter’s clueless fiancé wreaks havoc. With mistaken identities, romantic entanglements and confusion over which play they are actually performing, the mayhem only intensifies.

“This show is a double-edged sword of entertainment,” said H. Russ Brown, director. “Not only does it have all the classic elements of farce — twists/turns, slamming doors and a frantic and frenzied pace — it’s even got a scintillating smattering of swashbuckling swordplay!”

The cast includes COM theater majors and seasoned professionals from the Houston/Galveston area.

Performances can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays March 23 through April 9.

For tickets, visit www.com.edu/theatre or call 409-933-8345.

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