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New directions

During the past couple years, I've taken the opportunity to do more fine art (as opposed to illustration). Maybe it's the empty nest and a little more time and energy. More likely it's the dearth of illustration jobs. Anyway I've enjoyed these explorations very much. Nine of these recent works are now in a group show at Gallery Salveo through April. The opening is Thursday, February 17th from 5 - 7 pm at 3805 Edwards Rd., 5th floor. (Image copyright 2011 by Julie Lonneman.)


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