Canvassing the CRYPTIC

Blending Old Masters technique with a cerebral, if not esoteric, vision, painter Jason John has honed his skills in creating enigmatic, provocative and awe-inspiring works. He places the contemporary human figure into perplexing yet inviting, fable-like narratives of otherworldly realms tethered together by what John has described as “nobility.” Still in his mid-thirties, John has carved out an estimable niche in the international art world, and Northeast Florida art fans who haven’t experienced his truly singular paintings must make the opening reception for his latest show, Crossing the Threshold.

Reception 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Florida Mining Gallery, Southside; an RSVP artist’s talk is 7 p.m. Sept. 22. The show displays through Oct. 28,