Fran O’Neill: Divergence, which opens tomorrow, February 28, is the artist’s first show at Sears Peyton Gallery. “O’Neill’s work,” writes the art historian Jennifer Samet,” encompasses what we might describe as a female re-invention of a formerly male vocabulary. Her painting utilizes a system of open deductions (for example, the orientation of her paintings is often subject to change at the end of the painting process.) An organic and inevitable gravity is present. There is a tolerance of interruption, displayed by the particular nature and quality of juxtapositions of color and form. Imperfection and awkwardness are embraced. Also, vulnerability and a tentative quality are present – despite the wide, arcing gestures.” O’Neill’s twelve paintings will remain on view through April 13, 2019.