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Mary Zeran

From her mother’s side of the family, Mary Zeran inherited a deep love and respect for crafts of all kinds—from Norwegian rosemaling to metalsmithing to textiles and embroidering. “My mom was always making furniture and boxes, and even carved wooden Santas. I wasn’t...

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Elisa D’Arrigo

Elisa D’Arrigo may be the only artist working in clay who can claim to have found early inspiration in “Dennis the Menace.” In one sequence from the hugely popular comic strip from the 1950s and ‘60s, Dennis’s parents are on vacation in Mexico and pay a visit to a...

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James Austin Murray

James Austin Murray’s recent six- by six-foot paintings are made using the most basic of means: ivory black oil paint, a canvas and wood-panel support, and wallpaper brushes—up to nine affixed to a long handle. But the surface effects are far from simple, and indeed...

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Alison Berry

Alison Berry’s recent paintings resemble maps of unknown and fantastical places, enchanted worlds that incorporate beasts both ancient and modern, floor plans for eccentric structures, buildings that look lifted from Quattrocento paintings, lush trees and plants—along...

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Virginia Katz

“Landscape is something I’ve always gravitated toward,” says Virginia Katz, whose work for the past 15 years or so in one way or another incorporates a fascination with wind, water, and land. Though born in Brooklyn, she spent most of her childhood in upstate New...

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Beverly Rautenberg

As a child, Beverly Rautenberg suffered from upper respiratory problems that plagued her from the age of three till she started high school. For most of the year, she was kept at home, in a suburb of Chicago, and as an only child found those early years difficult and...

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Jane Barthes

In Jane Barthes’ first incarnation as an artist, she was both the heroine and the creator of a comic strip about a frustrated 18-year-old girl living in London. The main character, Mona, had a fairy godmother who would whisk her off to different adventures. “She’d go...

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A.J. Dungan

“For me, art was always about color before I was good enough ever to attempt a drawing or painting,” says A.J. Dungan. “When I went to the hardware store with my dad, I was mesmerized by the paint samples.” Dungan has served a long apprenticeship with color, beginning...

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Annell Livingston

At first blush, Annell Livingston’s tightly gridded abstractions might appear to be successors to the Op Art frenzy of the 1960s, but on closer scrutiny her gently rippling canvases are not so much interested in playing visual tricks as in conveying the passage of...

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Millicent Young

When Millicent Young was growing up in Manhattan, in a progressive and intellectual family who lived on the Upper West Side, “art was considered as important as being polite to people on the street and doing my homework,” she recalls. Her mother, a student of Margaret...

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Robert Straight

Among Robert Straight’s fondest memories of growing up in Amarillo, TX, in the 1950s were the times his mother, a nurse and a seamstress, took him shopping for fabrics. “That made a big impression,” he says, “looking at all those patterns and colors and designs….” And...

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August Muth

When August Muth was five or six years old, he would take his drawings, spread them out on the gravel in the driveway of his family’s house in Albuquerque, NM, and sell them to passers-by for three cents each. “I always had a lot of entrepreneurial spirit,” he...

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