If you’ve ever tried to explain what’s special about a New Mexico sky during a storm, you may have found that descriptions fail you. Words like “vast” and “amazing” and even “colorful” come to mind, but what does that really tell anyone? Photographs are great, but they only display the visual reality of a single instant, not the incredible, expansive feeling of being beneath that sky yourself. Perhaps that’s what makes the cloudscape paintings of artist Angus Macpherson so appealing. Making a cathedral of the sky, Macpherson’s use of cerulean, gold, rose and lilac can stretch a single moment into something approaching eternity. The artist is consistently featured at Sumner & Dene (517 Central NW) and will hold a special reception there on Friday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new book, Paintings~Quotes~Artist's Notes. Plenty of his large and small acrylic works will be available for purchase, so pick up an original painting or a print, giclee or poster to show your next out-of-town visitor what you mean when you try to describe the unique gorgeousness of monsoon season.