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New Art Exhibit Opens at the DCC

Deines Cultural Center"IMpressionist Paintings and EXpressionist Drawings" by Native American artist Peter Paul Bruno is at the Deines Cultural Center now through February 24.

The opening reception is Sunday, January 27, from 2 to 4 PM.

In the Citizen band Potawatomi tribal rolls, the artist is a member of the Bruno family lineage. He was born in the Pawnee Indian Hospital in November 1949. Growing up in central Oklahoma and on the Navaho reservation made for lasting impressions of the landscapes and people.

Bruno says, "Memories are mutable and leave us with only impressions of our experiences. I feel that my Impressionist paintings revive those memories while leaving room for the imagination to personalize."

Bruno began drawing and painting in fourth grade. He had a teacher who allowed the only painting method that children was Expressionism. That teacher would also train him in classical painting for several years.

Bruno bought his first oils and canvas at age 16. He lived and worked with artists and programs in Carmel-by-the-Sea in the seventies, and Santa Fe in the eighties, helping him in understanding the diverse nature of artistic effort. He explains that the Navaho have a phrase "to walk in Beauty", which is a form of harmony with the universe. "Art is a path of beauty for me." he says.

The Deines Cultural Center is located at 820 North Main in Russell. Admission is free and the Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. The Deines Cultural Center is accessible to those with disabilities.

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