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Season 21, episode 6: Abstract Energies

Vancouver painter Don Gray began his career creating detailed realist paintings, but today his rich, colorful work explores both the inner and outer landscape. Multi-discipline artist and creative coder Fernanda D'Agostino shares insight into her latest installation work. With her striking drawings of women and their bodies, Portland artist Samantha Wall explores the internal forces that drive us.

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