July’s First Friday exhibits range from felons to fantasies

At the Late Show, owner Tom Deatherage has come up with some quirkier work than usual: Katie Grotegut paints female felons from mug shots she finds on the Internet and turns them into cowgirls.

“I found her in a hair salon in the Board of Trade Building on the Plaza,” Deatherage said. “Six years ago, she moved to Smithville from California and brought her three horses and elderly mother with her. She graduated from the Oakland School of Art and Design in the early 1970s.”

“They’re portraits with a story,” he added. “The women look damaged; they look like they’ve had problems. They’re killers, prostitutes, check felons. We’re trying to get the stories off the Net to go with them.”

Deatherage is pairing Grotegut’s cowgirls with Mauricio Zuniga’s “Latin fantasies” — faceted landscapes and figurative works with a touch of surrealism that at times seem to

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