Herb Smith: Finch 2015, oil on panel
Beals & Co. Showroom, 830 Canyon Road, 505-357-0441 “Since the beginning I was interested in painting wildlife, especially birds,” writes artist Herb Smith, whose exhibition Inhabitants opens Friday, Feb. 17. Smith, a native New Yorker, is a birder as well as painter. His stately portraits set against plain backgrounds allow the viewer to focus on his subjects, which he renders to convey a sense of the birds’ spirit and character. The reception for Inhabitants is at 5 p.m.