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Art exhibit: Abstractscapes

"Deer Woman," painting by Jonathan Thunder.1 / 2
"Burnish incurvate" a photo by Samantha Pranger2 / 2

Abstractscapes, an exhibit of landscape photography and acrylic paintings by Duluth-based artists Samantha Pranger and Jonathan Thunder opens at Washington Gallery on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Abstractscapes takes its name from a new body of abstract work by local landscape photographer Samantha Pranger and features paintings by Jonathan Thunder. Though the two artists have dramatically different styles, they share a deep connection with the natural world.

Pranger has spent the last two years building up a body of work that represents a fresh take on the ordinary.

"This show is more about what the viewer brings to each piece than my take on the work," Pranger said. "I wanted to break away somewhat from my past work and try to bring people into my world- to allow them a glimpse of the world through my eyes."

Thunder has a very unique style of work.

"[My work is] like entries in a scrapbook," said Thunder. "They're conceptual snapshots of events, characters, epiphanies and dreams that shape my life." His paintings explore personal themes of identity, life transitions, internal conflict and self-transformation. A strong theme focuses on the ability of the self to break away from "what it has been programmed to do."

Abstractscapes opens 7-10 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and closes from 7-10 p.m. on Friday July 31. It is viewable 9 p.m. on Fridays July 17 and 24. and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays July 11-26, as well as by appointment. It is being shown in the Washington Gallery in the former Washington Junior High School at 315 N. Lake Ave.

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