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November 8, 2004 // UPDATED 4:35 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Fables for Young Adults and Old Children'

Artists Daniel Buettner and Terrence Payne present childlike imaginings with their paintings for adults who enjoy a shot of whimsy.

Buettner's surreal canvases of cats clowning around with beach balls or prowling city sidewalks equipped with fire hydrants and cowboys reveals the curious lives of cats and their occupations while owners are away. The series is part of his art-literature hybrid exhibit, "Twenty Tails of Jesse and Boo" -- an excursion from a cat's perspective in painting and verse. In one "tail," the cats find themselves in opposite land and are transformed into oversized snowy dogs.

In contrast, Payne narrates true-life accounts with frank adolescent observations that he turns upside down, rubs out and replaces with uncertain, grownup perceptions. In this curious world, life as a chicken defies gravity.

Nov. 3-30, Tuesday-Thursday noon-8 p.m., Friday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. Rosalux Gallery, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Free. 747-3942.

The fairest of all

Snow White is a fashion plate according to Marshall Field's 42nd holiday auditorium display. After her shopping spree, the cheery young woman appears to be an Audrey Hepburn look-alike. The Evil Queen makes the best-dressed list as well, in a velvet and leather outfit.

This present-day update of the Grimm Brother's classic fairy tale shows the Evil Queen's huntsmen deserting Snow White in an urban park, her fabled horse-drawn carriage is actually a checkered taxicab, and the seven dwarfs' mine transforms into a high-tech disco at night.

Yet the renovated tale is anchored in tradition. Each of the 16 scenes/vignettes was created by a local artist and appears to be a magical, moving illustration in an enchanted 17th century Normandy storybook.

Afterwards guests browse the gift shop stocked with Snow White products and holiday keepsakes.

Continuing the festivities, the store's Holiday Entertaining Week, Monday-Friday, Nov. 8-12, features sessions with domestic masters offering tips for holiday entertaining, decorating, gift giving and cooking. (For more information on Entertainment Week, check out "Special Events" at www.fields.com.)

Thru Dec. 31, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Marshall Field's, 700 Nicollet Mall. Free.