(Photo courtesy Margarita Checa)
LOVE, LOSS & LONGING, Bill Lowe Gallery's last show in its Bennett Street location before moving on to sleeker digs at Two Peachtree Point, features esteemed Peruvian artist Margarita Checa and continues on Wed., DEC. 19. African and Egyptian art strongly influence Checa, though her work feels distinctly contemporary. Checa's finely wrought, sensual and serene sculptures of children, animals and women, made primarily in olive, but also in mahogany and other woods with elaborate bull's-horn inlays, resonate with mythical and spiritual themes. There is a sense of sadness, too, and what one critic has called "the anguish of living." Through Dec. 22. Free. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 75 Bennett St., A-2. 404-352-8114. www.lowegallery.com.