The new exhibit features art by Gastonia native and UNC Charlotte student Raymond Ray. Ray draws inspiration from the balance between nature and man; to produce his works, he filled glass ornaments with ink and then shattered them against the canvases. "These pieces were created out of my own personal search for a balance between the natural reactions of materials and the forced placement by my hand," he says.
May 10-July 9. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Gaston County Museum of Art & History, 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-922-7681. www.gastoncountymuseum.org.