Meryl Blinder, a painter from Brookline, Massachussetts, brings a collection of her works to Church Street Garden & Home in Little Silver in a show that opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8p.

An open house is scheduled for tomorrow, 12 to 5p.

An artist who worked in the past as a courtroom sketch artist and a colorist and designer for the architect Michael Graves, Blinder says her work is “influenced by newspaper images of current events, which are combined with imagined landscapes.”

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Other influences for her depictions of flora and fauna include early Renaissance art and Japanese decorative painting.

Blinder says she sometimes uses recurring patterns, often created by ink stamps, to evoke landscapes both real and surreal. In 2003, Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid described her work as “abstraction overlaid with realism overlaid with surrealism.”

For more info, call Church Street Garden & Home at 732.936.1200.