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Q & A: Artist’s modern-day effigy has an ancient connection

This mixed media work, titled “Chumash Indian Fish Effigy” by David Russell Wheeler of Mechanicville, is part of the exhibition “Focus on Nature XI” at the New York State Museum.
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This mixed media work, titled “Chumash Indian Fish Effigy” by David Russell Wheeler of Mechanicville, is part of the exhibition “Focus on Nature XI” at the New York State Museum.
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Every two years, when “Focus on Nature” appears at the New York State Museum, visitors are treated to an astounding array of artwork depicting plants, animals and ancient cultures. From beetles and birds to milkweed and monkeys, the natural history illustrations are created by artists from all over the world. This year’s “Focus on Nature XI” features 93 works by 73 artists from 13 countries selected by a panel of jurors. From the Capital Region, ...

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