Cove Street Arts is currently showing Abstract Nature through April 24. Curated by Bruce Brown, Abstract Nature is a group exhibit exploring the abstraction of nature through archival and digital prints. The exhibit title seems like a contradiction on the surface: abstraction is a manmade concept, thus nature on its own can't be abstract. However, abstraction as an art form elevates the essence of its subject by manipulating or removing parts of it. By doing so, artists can change the subject's experience and let different parts of it take the spotlight. Artists Carl Austin Hyatt, Carol Eisenberg, CE Morse, Jane Yudelman and John Woodruff present the natural world in unique yet beautiful ways through their abstract prints. Though the artwork doesn't often read as naturalistic on first glance, closer inspection shows familiar structures like tree bark, boulders and rippling water. Abstract Nature encourages the viewer to look more closely at nature and seek it out in unexpected places. Cove Street Arts is located at 71 Cove Street in Portland, Maine and is open TuesdayFriday 10:00 a.m.5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.5 p.m. For more information, visit