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Paseo's aka Gallery displays 'free spirit's' work

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If anyone has ever considered himself a free spirit, it would be Dustin Oswald. His new exhibit, " Right Where You Are," opens Friday at the aka Gallery, 3001 Paseo.

The exbibit features 25 of his new pieces, all with the underlying theme of living in the moment and remaining conscious of the world. He said producing art is a daily experience, and it's the simple things that inspire him.

"It's from the books I read, the music I listen to "? a line of a lyric or note of a song, a sentence in a book," Oswald said. "I just kind of feed off of that. It all kind of starts from a simple thought."

SEPARATE TECHNIQUE
But these ordinary thoughts are transformed to intricate artwork on paper. He uses a ballpoint pen, acrylic paint and matte board "? materials Oswald said separate his technique from other area artists. He described his style as "eccentric."

Oswald has returned to aka Gallery after traveling around the country to take part in various group shows. This is the first solo exhibition he's been involved with so far this year. Gallery owner Ashley Griffith said she's thrilled about it.

"Oswald's work is collected by all stages of collectors "? both new and longtime collectors," she said.

An opening reception for "Right Where You Are" is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

"?Paige Lawler

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