Lark & Key Gallery's newest exhibit showcases contemporary oil paintings by Martique Lorray (see Carlton Hargro's interview with her in this issue). It's described as exploring "the concept of being lifted from the heavy burdens that life often brings." Balloons in the paintings are meant to portray unnoticed forces, which help folks to remain balanced. Ceramics by Ronan Peterson will also be featured.
Feb. 2-March 26. Opening reception on Feb. 4, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Lark & Key Gallery (Southend location), 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.