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WED 19As a child, Miami artist Carlos Villa was so smitten with nature that he had to re-create it on canvas. Now as an adult, Villa continues to visually express his wonderment with the natural world -- and he does it with the freshness of a youngster. Villa's works are a dreamlike introduction to the animal kingdom, best exemplified in the mixed-media piece Love All the Animals. Villa turns the fantasy element up a notch in paintings like The Rain Has Stopped, bringing to mind Where the Wild Things Are, what with the strange, half-man/half-animal creatures. But the real attention-getter is Butterfly Man, a superhero-like character with colorful wings and (gulp) an exposed member big enough to distract any would-be villains. Villa's exhibit is on display now through October 29 at the Stonewall Library and Archives (1717 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Admission is free. Call 954-530-2723. (JB)

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