The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild will host "The Enigmatic Art of Charles Trotsky," from Jan. 12 through Feb. 24 in the Back Room Gallery.

Rumor has it that Trotsky is not a real person, yet he makes real art. Like the mask that Bruce Wayne dons, or Zorro’s mask, Trotsky is an invented persona that frees a respected realist painter to explore different subjects, styles and media.

His painting, #GHOSTDANCE*, was featured in Art New England magazine, and was featured in our group show “Seen/UnSeen," Trotsky’s works have been displayed at Parker Pie Company, the Miller’s Thumb Gallery and Highland Center for the Arts.

This collection of recent acrylic on panels is a study of gender in popular culture. Familiar images are utilized as a language, and then transformed by altered context, color and composition. Trotsky has also been experimenting with printmaking and will be selling original prints on paper for the first time.

The uniquely crafted furniture of Ben Barnes is also on display to accompany this exhibit.

The Guild is located at 630 Railroad Avenue, St. Johnsbury. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit