Two local artists are bringing a touch of wilderness to the urban landscape with a new show of their works at Local 123 on San Pablo Avenue.

Susan Felter and Mimi Plumb both explore natural beauty and its interaction with the manmade environment.

Oakland-born Felter, who was an associate professor of art at Santa Clara University until last year, assembles “post-natural” digital montages. She describes the beginning of her “Hunting and Gathering” series thus: “Flowers on a flat-bed scanner look like 17th century “tromp l’œil” still-life paintings by Dutch masters who created fictional but hyper-realistic scenes that twisted the laws of nature.”

Mimi Plumb was born in Berkeley and currently teaches photography at San Jose State University. Her large-scale color photographs of horses are part of an ongoing series, “Horse Backs”, and they could easily be mistaken for a view of the undulating hills of California, or white sand dunes.

Painter Suzy Barnard and photographer Janet Delaney are now curating the gallery space at Local 123, a café which has found a loyal clientèle in the emerging San Pablo “cuisine corridor” since it opened in the summer of 2010.

The exhibition runs through January 4th. Hours are Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Sunday 7am-6pm.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...