By Raymundo Muñoz

Sharon Brown, Creators - Yoshitomo Saito, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 28 in

“Yoshitomo Saito” by Sharon Brown

Opening First Friday June 3 at Pattern Shop Studios is “Repeat Offenders: Works by Sharon Brown,” a clever portrait show with some guts to it. Brown assembles a selection of works from her long-running “Creators” series — wherein she paints black and white portraits of artists based on color photographs — and from her “Damage” series — wherein she paints color portraits of criminals based on small black and white photographs — to potent effect. Although each series works well enough on its own, the combination here is intriguing in the contrasts presented as well as in the similarities, raising questions about the sometimes offensive nature of art as well as the order/chaos dynamic in general. “Repeat Offenders” opens First Friday June 3 from 6 – 9 PM and concludes First Friday August 5. For more information, please visit:

Sharon Brown, Damage - Fisher, 2000, oil on canvas 20 x 20 in

“Fisher” by Sharon Brown