A closing reception for artist Matt Larson will be held Friday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Axel’s Gallery and Frame Shop on Stowe Street in Waterbury. As the winner of the 2018 Axel’s Gallery Photography Shoot-Out, Larson utilized his solo exhibition opportunity to showcase his recent exploration of abstract paintings and collage rather than the prize-winning landscape photography he’s known for. Larson will give a demo during the reception, and attendees will have the chance to win an original, framed piece of art from the series. The theme for the 2019 photography competition will also be revealed on Friday. The exhibit is on display through May 25. axelsgallery.com.