Nationally recognized artist Laura DeAngelis recently gave up city life for a small farm in the Lake Ozark area, drawn to its expansive beauty and abundant wildlife.

Nationally recognized artist Laura DeAngelis recently gave up city life for a small farm in the Lake Ozark area, drawn to its expansive beauty and abundant wildlife.

DeAngelis, the daughter-in-law of Richard and Rita Rose of the lake area and owners of Signdecor in Olean, is an artist who currently has a display at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City until Feb. 23.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

The show features meticulously crafted people and native animals acting out dream-like narratives that are familiar yet foreign, blending archetypal mythologies and fables with personal associations. Throughout the work the copious use of fresh water pearls takes on a variety of unlikely rolls such as the blood of slayed deers in "Even the Mighty Will Fall" or the mysterious interior of an opossum's pouch.

Nature has always played a large role in her sculptures and nowhere is that more present than in the new body of work she's created titled "Pearl Diving." Among other things "Pearl Diving" is a reference to Missouri's once-thriving fresh water pearl industry, which after collapsing in the early 1900s from over harvesting and environmental pressures has made a comeback in recent years in a different form - mussel shells are now used as the irritant that stimulates oysters into producing a cultured pearl.

For more information visit www.sherryleedy.com.