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Sally Michel’s paintings exude a joyfulness indicative of a life well-lived. Drawing inspiration from her immediate surroundings, Michel’s work primarily focuses on her intimate world: landscapes glimpsed on vacations, domestic scenes with friends and family, and charmingly irreverent everyday objects found at home and abroad. Michel painted in a distinctive style of simplified shapes and lively colors, developed during the long collaborative career between herself and husband, Milton Avery. Painting only when time allowed (in between her work as a commercial artist and illustrator), Michel crafted an oeuvre that conveys moods and emotions. In this exhibition, Idyllic Moments, her paintings alternatively feel cozy, quiet, lively, happy, content, and humorous depending on the scene. In painting for her own sake rather than the art market, Michel created work that manifests a playfulness born from the small, everyday moments in life.