Expressionistic explorer: At 85, Murry Handler has new exhibit

PITTSBORO — Sometimes Murry Handler’s art is so abstract he needs help from his wife, Enid, to help him figure out what he’s painting.

“That tree — or what became a tree — was something I did sideways,” says Murry, whose exhibition at Theatre Art Galleries in High Point opened last week.

The 85-year-old artist sits in his studio, the converted garage of his Fearrington Village home. A photo of a painting on the screen of his Mac computer shows the abstraction his wife interpreted for him. Curvy chunks of black acrylic paint dominate the canvas.

“It didn’t work out,” he says. “It just turned into globs.”

Murry wears jeans and sneakers, his hair pulled back in a ponytail beneath a baseball cap imprinted with his signature. During the course of a two-hour conversation, he

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