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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Art in focus: Artomatic @ Frederick

Painter Phyllis Mayes contributes a wall of quirky self-portraits to Artomatic. (Michael O’Sullivan/The Washington Post)
Artomatic rears its head again.

The latest in a series of un-curated art exhibitions — which since 1999 has been providing a showcase for any artist with a hammer and a nail — has set up shop in downtown Frederick this year, with work by nearly 300 visual artists in such media as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and craft. Read my review of the show, but before you hit the road, take a look some of the works that caught my eye.

Deborah Winram creates strangely beautiful juxtapositions of found objects. (Michael O'Sullivan - The Washington Post)

Tufts of brightly dyed sheep’s wool poke out of Kristin Bohlander’s wax pods. (Michael O'Sullivan - The Washington Post)

Inspired by childhood dreams, Richard Schellenberg’s videos play on a vintage television. (Michael O'Sullivan - The Washington Post)

Mounted on light boxes, Kayleigh Montgomery’s moody landscapes have a toy-camera feel. (Michael O'Sullivan - The Washington Post)

A grid of glass marbles becomes a colorful, almost painterly abstraction in artist Jim Slagle’s hands. (Michael O'Sullivan - The Washington Post)

Margaret Dowell’s diptych offers an unsubtle — and luridly rendered — commentary on addiction. (Michael O'Sullivan - The Washington Post)

Alexandra Arzt is one of Artomatic’s standouts. Her series of photographs documenting human-animal interactions includes this surreal portrait of Ohio veterinarian Melanie Butera with Dillie, a deer that lives in Butera’s home. Dillie has her own bedroom. (Alexandra Arzt)

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