Laura Raborn painting in exhibition “Presence” at Cantrell Gallery

Laura Raborn says her “Presence,” opening Friday, May 17, at Cantrell Gallery, 8208 Cantrell Road, is about “the idea of human presence. In some pieces, the human form adds meaning to the place or the place adds meaning to the person. In others, the figure is missing from the scene, although a human presence remains.”

Some of Raborn’s recent paintings pose her subjects against backgrounds of brushy color or sketchy outlines of place. Other works place her subjects in art galleries — men contemplating a Rothko abstract; a boy looking at a book seated before a painting of a man looking at a book — and in these she’s left no part of the canvas unpainted, grounding the figures in firmly in a defined place.

Raborn holds a master’s degree in art from UA Little Rock and teaches workshops at the Arkansas Arts Center. She’ll attend the wine and cheese reception for the show, 6-8 p.m. May 17. The show runs through July 13. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.