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Venice artist Lynn Hanson's Cottage

Set on the piano: Mounted butterflies, sea urchins, sand dollars and an old sterling silver magnifying glass for examining specimens. It's not so much that Hanson is interested in dead creatures. She prefers them alive. But finding their bodies gives her a chance to study them in a way that photographs do not come close to, she says. Santa Monica gallery owner Lora Schlesinger, who featured Hanson's work in the solo show "Prone to Wander" a year ago, says Hanson's art is "inextricably bound to nature. Her home, a living collage." In the last two years, Hanson's realistic drawings and stark seascapes have been in shows at the Santa Monica and Long Beach museums of art, as well as the Samuel Freeman and Rumba galleries in Santa Monica. A solo summer show at Pyo Gallery in downtown L.A., "Plow the Deep," opened in Seoul in October. Recently, she received an invitation by artist Ed Ruscha to produce a pair of her drawings as lithographs for Hamilton Press, while an upcoming group show at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in December will feature her drawings and paintings. Jeremy Samuelson
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