In any case, such shows are going to be a rarity with the recent dismissal of the Spruill Gallery's curator since 2007 Hope Cohn, in the gallery's effort to save money. It's too bad. Shows like "EA2" show Cohn's willingness to dig a little deeper into the local art scene, and unearth some real treasures that haven't necessarily popped up on the Atlanta gallery circuit yet.
A true standout is Lauren Cunningham whose adroit, elegant work shows an artist adept at working in different media — sculpture, painting, installation — with equal finesse. Cunningham crafts a bird from bits of willow and glue and creates a dangling curtain hung from the gallery ceiling that, upon closer inspection, is made from cheap black plastic combs. Her work is reminiscent of another local artist Gretchen Hupfel, who was also ambidextrous when it came to materials and concepts. Comparably refined and technically gifted, Ernesto R. Gomez's "Rogus" of a Jinga-like tower of alabaster wooden branches suggests some strange message left by a hiker in the woods.