'The Red Line' by Mimi Dolnik Submitted photo

Artists Virginia O. Roeder and Mimi Dolnick create abstract paintings that combine rigidity of structures underneath tranquil color fields. Subtle allusions to geometry draw the eye around activated points within alluring compositions. The works of each walk the tightrope of color interplay and maintain the joy of color as a daily inspiration. Reflections come to mind of the artist Richard Diebenkorn’s idea of “the feeling of strength in reserve – tension beneath calm.”

There will artists’ receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 and Jan. 4 at the Saw Room at the Alley Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave., rear 2.