Andover artist Gayle Caruso’s “Free Fall, 1000 Drawings,” a collection of 11-by-14-inch, mixed-media pieces created in the months following a near-death hospital experience, opened with a full house at a reception Sunday at McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Caruso’s works, a combination of drawings, paintings and collages, are drawn from two series, “Divine Light” and Free Fall,” in which a signature figure of a body is repeated.

Together, the pieces seek to illustrate Caruso’s out-of-body experience following an operation a couple years ago in which her heart stopped and her world briefly turned to black. The images are grouped together in two, 500-piece grids.

The exhibit runs through April 15. Gallery hours at McCoy are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the exhibit, visit


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