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Our "Spring Thaw" group show will include new work by Renate Aller\, Dan iel Brice\, Katherine Chang Liu\, and Michele Mikesell\, as well as work fr om a selection of guest artists.

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Chiaroscuro presents its fourth a nnual Spring Thaw group show\, featuring an eclectic selection of new artwork from represented gallery artists and new guest artists. Work fr om represented artists includes wall sculpture by Chip Dunahugh\, mixed media abstract paintings by Katherine Chang Liu\, and several new figurative oil paintings by Michele Mikesell< /strong> from her series Freezing the Octopus. Mikesell explains: "It is common practice in the Mediterranean to freeze an o ctopus prior to culinary preparation.  The act of freezing it breaks up the internal fibers and tenderizes it for consumption." Mikesell extends the metaphor by revisiting historical events and reinterpreting the imagery for the contemporary eye.

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Furthermore\, we are pleased to introduce two long time Santa Fe artists Colleen Drake and Bonnie Bishop. Drake debuts a grouping of powerful large-scale gestural abstracti ons in blue. We discovered this incredible body of work this winter and are pleased to be the first Santa Fe gallery to show the "blue paintings."

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Bishop will present large-scale color photograph s of her Windows series in which she seeks to convey "the mystery behind the parted curtain".  Taken during a recent visit to Kyoto\, Japan\, these subtle images come alive with multiple layers of color and texture\, transcending the photographic medium to read as brilliant abstractions.

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