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Exhibits & openings this week
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Alchemy of the Soul - John Anderson uses experimental techniques to transform photos into abstract paintings focusing color, tone and texture rather than subject. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 34th St and Abercorn St,

Birds in Flight - An installation by Matt Hebermehl of his signature, patterned bird forms hanging in the Jepson's atrium. Opening reception: Sept. 23, 6-8pm. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. ,

Featured Artist: Joel Cothran - The local artist is the artist of the month at Local 11Ten. His work features airbrushed messages that are often existential in nature. Local 11ten, 1110 Bull St.

Fragmented Desires - A collection of new work by local artist Laurie Darby based off European damask patterns found on wallpaper, upholstery and other items. Runs through Jan. 23, 2011. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. ,

Giant Monster Terror - A group show featuring work from local artists including Britt Spencer, Andrew Brodhead, Duff Yong, Ben Ward and more. Opening reception: Jan. 14, 7-10pm, including Live Kaiju Monster Battle at 9PM. Mr. Beast, 1522 Bull St.,

Kristen Allen & Chase Baltz - Work by two young artists. Allen is a painter interested in color and contrast. Baltz is illustration oriented with an eye toward editorial-style work. JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St. ,

Lowcountry Perspectives - Paintings depicting African American life in the Lowcountry by local artists including Richard Law, Allen Fireall, Carol Lasell Miller and Amiri Farris. Opening reception: January 13, 5:30-7:30pm. Hospice Savannah Gallery , 1352 Eisenhower Dr. ,

Mixed Media by Preston Orr - Orr is a local artist who incorporates printmaking techniques with spray paint and natural materials preserved in resin. Reception: Jan 31, time TBA. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. ,

Modern Masters from the Smithsonian - Paintings and sculptures from mid-20th century artists taken from the Smithsonian collection. Runs through Feb. 6, 2011. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. ,

New Work by Jerry Luke - A collection of paintings shaped in the form of hangers and sculptures. Luke is a local artist and member of the Savannah Art Assoc. SSU Social Sciences Building Gallery, SSU Campus,

Not My Mother's Dream - New art from Randy Parker including paintings, etchings, sculptures and furniture. Black Dog Studio, 539 E. Liberty St. ,

SSU Selected Student Works - A multi-medium group show of selected student works from the Fine Arts Program of Savannah State University. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. ,

Stracts on tour - A collection of mixed media portraits by Raabstract. Ta Ca Sushi, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave. ,

Structures of Chaos - A solo exhibition of work by Timothy Jackson. Runs through Jan. 28. Opening reception: Jan. 14, 5-7pm. S.P.A.C.E. Gallery , 9 W. Henry St. ,

Things I Saw - An exhibition of work by Vancouver photographer Jim Roche. Runs through Jan. 27. Closing reception: Jan 26, noon. AASU Fine Arts Gallery,