Oct. 16-Nov. 1The four soldiers in Bower's painting "1941" run through sun-splashed, iridescent ruins and over candy-colored rubble. Bower selects stills from old black-and-white newsreels, and, with his paintbrush, brings them to eerie life (below: "The Bettors), limned with unnerving tones. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Kidder Smith Gallery, 131 Newbury St., Boston. 617-424-6900. www.kiddersmithgallery.com
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