In the galleries: Art picks for May

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Phillip Hua's "What Goes Up" can be seen at E-Moderne Gallerie this month. (Courtesy photo)

Flowers aren’t the only things that are blooming this spring. Great art is sprouting in galleries and museums throughout the area in May.

In an online, digital world, it's only natural that forms of artistic expression have taken that turn as well. Esther Klein Gallery (3600 Market St.) holds four works hosted on web browsers through Friday, May 22. Check it out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Art and science converge through sculptures based on sciences of the natural, physical and chemical realms during “Natural Impulses” at Locks Gallery (600 Washington Square South) on view until Saturday, May 23. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

Large-scale panoramic paintings based off of artist Rebecca Rutstein’s interest in geology and juxtapositions between organic and geometric styles are on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery (709 Walnut St.) until Saturday, May 30. “Afterglow” is available to view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  

Self-taught artist Horace Pippin, whose paintings explored family moments, still lifes, war scenes, historical depictions and religious images, is honored in a major exhibition at Brandywine River Museum (1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford) until Sunday, July 19. “Horace Pippin: The Way I See It” can be viewed daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Utilizing dark colors and muted palettes for both large-scale paintings and digital photos, Roger Ricco’s exhibition features work influenced by nature and celestial bodies. Opening Friday, May 8, the show runs until Sunday, June 14 at Savery Gallery (319 N. 11th St.). Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 

Rock, paper, scissors! Not the hand game, but the name of a student-curated exhibition featuring drawings from the Joann Gonzales Hickey Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (118-128 N. Broad St.). Opening Friday, May 15, you’ll be able to take a look from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends through Sunday, Nov. 1

Three works, commissioned especially for the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), inspired by Albert C. Barnes’ chosen method of displaying his collection will open on Saturday, May 16. "Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things" is created by Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff and Fred Wilson, the large-scale installations will be on display until Monday, Aug. 3. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. 

Straying from the economic definition of gross domestic product, artist Phillip Hua’s exhibition tackles questions of environmental consumption using Chinese brush painting, digital imaging and collage. “Gross Domestic Product” opens at E-Moderne Gallerie (116 Arch St.) with a 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. opening reception on Saturday, May 16. The exhibition runs until Sunday, June 14 and can be seen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Nicomi Nix Turner’s works on paper hit on themes of fables, counter-religion and nature. See them at Paradigm Gallery and Studio (746 S. 4th St.) from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Saturday, June 6.

Comprised of five pavilions made by building materials company Saint-Gobain, “Future Sensations” makes its only North American appearance in a global tour. To celebrate Saint-Gobain’s 350th anniversary, the five structures, constructed from materials the company uses in their buildings, will be a feast for the senses. Mirrors, LED lights, music, color and mind-bending architecture will all be featured in the five pavilions. Only seen at The Oval (2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) for a limited time, “Future Sensations” exhibits from Saturday, May 30 through Saturday, June 6, opening daily at noon.

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