Looking at Sharon Ellis' paintings, on view at Christopher Grimes, is sort of like wandering through a Topanga Canyon gift shop where every object has been made by an impossibly precise master craftsman. You have hippie colors and new age-y patterns, bursts of stars and sunsets all rendered so deliberately that you can't help but take their strung-out, saturated vibe seriously. 916 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica; through May 3. (310) 587-3373, cgrimes.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 15. Continues through May 3, 2014
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