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This week we have two exhibits that share a vibrant energy and humor: Vera Paints A Scarf in the ‘Opening This Week’ section and Levity/Density in ‘Gallery Shows’. They are a perfect antidote to the dog days of summer, using unexpected ideas and materials to delight visitors who feel they’ve seen it all.

Before Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, or Goop, there was Vera. The brand was colorful and cheerful: a perfect antidote to the stress of daily life. Its designer, Vera Neumann, was smart, business-savvy, and an excellent artist with a gift for getting an image or idea to click with shoppers. At the Museum of Arts and Design, you’ll learn all about this iconic American company and the woman who made it a success.

Kasmin is showing a selection of abstract metal sculptures shaped into forms that seem to defy the laws of nature and gravity. Each piece requires careful examination to see how the artist achieved the effect and you may just find yourself shaking your head in wonder at the complexity of the works.