LAYTON The Sally D. Francisco Art Gallery at Peters Valley will present Fused, a solo exhibition by Sasha Zhitneva, Aug. 20 through Oct. 23. The opening reception, which is open to the public, will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring a talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. Sasha Zhitneva's work is exhibited in galleries in the United States and overseas, and she has been featured in SOFA (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) Chicago and SOFA NY. She also has completed architectural and lighting installations, both in stained and kiln-formed glass. "Working in glass enables me to crystallize and preserve intangible experiences so they escape the fleeting nature of time,” says Zhitneva. While the works shown in Fused are indeed glass, they are also extravagantly painterly. Aside from the fused panels for which she is well known, this show introduces a new body of work in which the artist takes the very concept of "fused" a step further: In this work Zhitneva brings together materials that are not usually considered compatible, such as fragments of medieval stained glass and disposable plastic. For more information visit http://szd.net/FUSED/. For more on the artist herself visit www.sashazhitneva.com/glass.htm.