For this whimsical show of welded -steel sculptures and mixed-media collages (all 2013), Rebecca Welz re-created the majestic creatures and plant life she encountered on her scuba-diving trips – and the results were spectacular.

Visitors first encountered three figurative sculptures called "Smoke Trees," which stood in a cluster on the gallery floor. Composed of interlocking rings and curving lines of steel, the trees appeared to defy the limitations of their rigid material. As their name intimates, the works seemed capable of swaying and bending with the wind Ð shifting shapes until they delicately dissipate over time.

The perceived flexibility and lightness of the trees was echoed in the selection of collages mounted on the wall nearby. Resembling the ocean's floating seaweed and debris, they featured multihued rings and undulating ribbons that connect to form a web. Buoyant and nimble, the forms appeared to pass freely through each composition. Japan, for example, depicts a fleeting, organic moment between the clue, red, and orange bands and lines. The forms migrated across the surface as thought they would eventually disappear altogether from the picture plane, leaving room for a new set to wash into view.

The back wall of the gallery played host to the most enticing work in the show – Welz''s massive jellyfish sculpture King.

Suspended from the ceiling, the looming construction bobbed freely like the gelatinous sea creature after which it was modeled. The long, spindly, steel tentacles hung down like wind chimes as though they were ready to sting a passing visitor.

Each work functioned as a souvenir from Welz's travels, which allowed viewers to experience an underwater adventure on land.

~Stephanie Strasnick