i first saw marci washington's work a few yrs ago at receiver gallery in san francisco, and as you can see by her latest images here, i was immediately drawn to the hanting quality of her work. her palette and vibe just really speak to me, i'm mesmerized by marci's ability to paint a darkness that comes over as elegant and not morbid in the slightest. that's a hard task to pull off when looking at her subjects; dead arms, decapitated ladies and cannibals. but marci does it seemlessly. marci is in a group show called cream- from the top, the 7th annual curated exhibit of surfacing new talent emerging from regional graduate arts programs at arts benecia, from july 19th to august 31.