As smirking candidates and partisan spin doctors keep the spotlight focused on Florida, a pair of solo exhibitions by Bay Area artists at Catharine Clark Gallery are similarly spawned by life below the Mason-Dixon Line. Travis Somerville was born in Atlanta and raised by hippie activist parents who took the future painter to peace marches and protests during the heyday of the Civil Rights movement. If his experience growing up in Georgia (and, later, Tennessee) ran counter to the deeply ingrained stereotype of the American South as a breeding ground for racist sheriffs, right-wing rednecks, and Bible-thumping bigots, it also fostered a fiercely felt social consciousness that has fueled Somerville's art... More >>>