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On Saturday, Nina Freudenheim Gallery (140 North St.) will open the first local solo show for the University at Buffalo-educated artist Jill Weber, whose abstract paintings are shot through with architectural elements.

Weber graduated from UB with a master’s degree in architecture in 1980 and worked briefly as an architecture critic for The Buffalo News. She later moved to Boston to pursue a career in marketing and in 2004, at age 60, received a fine arts degree from the city’s Museum of Fine Arts. That year, she also won the museum’s prestigious Maud Morgan Prize, which included a solo show in Boston. Her paintings, multilayered abstractions that are the products of many revisions, are clearly influenced by her architecture background.

“Her work began incorporating the essentials of architectural space, light, material, pattern, volume, solids and voids into precisely executed paintings that are at once ambiguous and concrete,” a release reads. “Weber turns our perceptions about space upside down by morphing the tangible, asking us to confront architectural space as repositories of memory and the endless possibilities of human interaction.”

The exhibition opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday and runs through Dec. 11. Call 882-5777 or visit www.ninafreudenheimgallery.com.

– Colin Dabkowski