If you dropped by Hillyer Art Space this week, you’d have your pick of three shows to see. But the standout is the work by D.C.-based photographer Leah Appel. Her color prints of landscapes and architecture may be traditional, but they’re still unique: In one image, a hang glider hovering over lightly traced dunes looks as small and delicate as a fly; another captures a weathered barn painted in a thoroughly unexpected shade of green. Two of Appel’s images are particularly notable. One documents a rack of ping-pong paddles in an arrangement whose airy, tropical color scheme belies the fact that the photograph was taken in Capon, W. Va.; the other is an abstraction of passersby reflected in Chicago’s highly polished “Cloud Gate” sculpture, which in Appel’s rendering becomes a strikingly phantasmagoric vision.
The shows are on view noon to 5 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays to Dec. 1 at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. (202) 338-0680. artsandartists.org.