"Birds of a Feather” is the title of a new show in which birds figure prominently. Works by two artists are in the exhibit at JRB Art at The Elms gallery, 2810 N Walker. The show, which opened Friday, contains acrylic paintings, collages and woodcuts by Oklahoma City artist B.J. White and assemblages by Colorado artist Merry Cox. White emphasizes "repetitive shapes of marks” as well as "color, images and textures” in her response to "social, political or environmental issues,” a gallery representative said. Stylized, simplified yellow birds, perched on a fence of long poles, seem to be guarding the yellow, white and pale blue houses of a "Gated” community in a 48-by-36-inch canvas by White. Red birds form a barrier between white, empty space and a reddish-brown "Thicket” in a horizontal acrylic by White, while seven birds float over seven levitating vertical rods in "Keep Them Spinning.” Floating "Embers” menace four birds seeking shelter in gray-white prairie grass in a 36-by-36-inch White acrylic, and an orange sky threatens to torch or tear apart a "Fireperch” in a vertical work. Small and very vivid, in terms of color, are stick, window, building material and vaguely houselike shapes found in the imperiled "Habitats” of White’s woodcut series with that title. More humorous, whimsical and even serendipitous are the mixed media found art and ceramic assemblage creations of Salida, Colo., artist Cox. Black birds seem to have built their wire nests on top of three "Small Truck” toys, emerging from the wall, in one Cox work, even as birds appear to be enjoying "Riding” in or on a larger truck in another work by Cox. The springs of part of an old "Chair” hold up three birds in wire nests, like miniature tornadoes, and three crows make themselves at home on the rusted side of an old car in two more Cox assemblages. The work of both artists is well worth visiting during the show’s run through March 28 at JRB. — John Brandenburg
"Birds of a Feather”→Where: JRB Art at The Elms gallery, 2810 N Walker. →When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through March 28. →Information: 528-6336 or www.jrbartgallery. com.