LewAllen Galleries, 1613 Paseo de Peralta, 505-988-3250, lewallengalleries.com
Although artist Peter Burega’s paintings are inspired by nature and landscapes, overt references to the natural world are removed or, rather, subsumed into something less tangible, evoking a sense of mystery and activating emotions and the imagination. He builds up his canvas with layers of paint, then uses subtractive techniques such as sgraffito to create a variegated surface with dynamic rhythms of space and depth. “Although my work is abstract, it develops from my experience and interaction with the land,” he says in a statement. “They are inspired by moments taken from daily life, dreams, experiences, and visual impressions. Studies of my environment — light, shadow, reflection — conspire to form my work.” The Sky Lies Open, a solo exhibition of Burega’s new work, opens at the gallery on Friday, Oct. 23 (no reception), and can be viewed online through Nov. 30.