Veteran Portland painter Katherine Ace returns to Froelick Gallery with Unwritten Tales, her latest series of oil on canvas works. Her artistic output of the past few years has centered around her interpretations of Grimm's Fairy Tales- from the widely known to the obscure, she is fascinated by the stories as teaching tools, metaphors for life transitions, and segues in to deeper investigations. In this new body of work, Ace does not present her vision of specific stories; rather, she utilizes here their tropes and their symbolism, as well as her own iconography built over the course of dozens of paintings and extensive reading. Several references to kitchens appear- shiny pots billowing steam, place settings, utensils, the seeming remnants of devoured meals- as do surfaces strewn with curious objects- fishbowls, shells, birds' eggs. Animals appear, seeming to be malign (fang-bearing hounds), helpful (wise, watchful dogs, an array of frogs and toads) or mischief-makers (squirrels, a crow, a grinning cat). Overflowing with intriguing narrative elements, Ace invites the viewer to write these tales for themselves.