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Murmurs by Denise Wellenstein and Kimberly Dean opens Saturday, July 24 at The Seen Gallery.

Wellenstein’s vibrant paintings hint at graphic design elements throughout the many layers of oil paint and glazes, sometimes revealing underlying handwritten text. The paintings are a process of exploration of color that rely on shapes, composition, contrast and texture to give depth, character and energy to the colors. Wellenstein earned her master’s degree in Imaging Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology and currently works as and artist and graphic designer.

Dean’s mixed-media pieces provide a glimpse into the heart and spirit, narrating emotions and somber moods through their surfaces. Dean’s work combines clay and mixed media while using recycled and old materials. Her current work focuses on the worlds of emotion beneath the surface, and the pieces show the interplay between body and spirit.

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