Visual Studies graduate student Sandra J. Barrett will be presenting her thesis exhibition, The Exploration of The Barrel, April 10–18, at the Wise Gallery at Norfolk State University. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 10, 5:00–7:00 p.m. The exploration of a barrel of old photographs led the artist to examine her deepest beliefs and preconceptions about the subjects of her paintings. From the depths of the barrel she drew the inspiration for a series of mixed-media paintings that convey the universal mystery of interwoven patterns of the past, present, and future. In the series, the elements of color and texture are the means of illuminating two fundamental truths: that the past fuels the future, and that the details of our lives may change but the pattern simply evolves.