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Expressionistic Oklahoma landscapes on display at State Capitol

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"Grasslands and Waterways"
Daily, ongoing
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through April 4
State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln
free
521-2931

Sapulpa artist Julie Miller likes to tell stories with paint.

Her exhibit, "Grasslands and Waterways," is on display through April 4 in the second-floor Governor's Gallery of the state Capitol.

Each painting in the collection portrays an Oklahoma landscape. Miller said she enjoys hiking and traveling across the state. Whenever something unique comes along her path, she photographs it to paint later.

One of her paintings, "Clouds Over the Cimarron" is a portrait of a pink and yellow sky above the Cimarron River valley. Miller said paintings like this tell the stories of life overlooked and provide comfort to the viewer.

"My way of painting is kind of narrative," she said. "It's a way of describing what I see beyond what a photograph can capture."

Miller's brushwork is loose and flowing. Combined with a palette knife, she achieves the detailed texture of landscapes. Her art has been described as impressionistic and expressionistic, subtle and abstracted.

The exhibit is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln. Admission is free. For more information, call 521-2931."?Luke Atkinson

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