Wild Inside: Paintings by Laura Westlake opens with a reception on Saturday, May 18 from 5 - 7 pm, at the Cooper & Smith Gallery, 10 Main Street, Essex. Laura Westlake plays with composition, color and pattern to hint at the intersecting boundaries between art and nature. Her paintings frame birds in interior spaces. They perch quite “at home” next to animal figurines and among china and fabrics designed in motifs drawn from the natural world. As a licensed rehabilitator of migratory birds, Laura brings to her art a keen eye for avian details and an affectionate sense of humor. The show runs through July. Gallery hours: Wed - Sun, 10:30 - 5.