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Two artists give new meaning to the phrase “married to the job” this month.

Artists are always observing the world around them.

Painting by Katie Musolff

Painting by Katie Musolff

Tory Folliard Gallery recently announced that it will showcase artwork by a married couple, Andy Fletcher and Katie Musolff, from Feb. 17-Mar. 17 – with an artists’ reception Feb. 24.

While the artists share an interest in nature, they’re stylistically distinct in almost every way possible.

Musolff paints animals and plants that she finds on the Mississippi River directly onto paper, using watercolor and gouache paints. She chooses to paint from direct observation, meaning she just paints what she sees. One of her latest collections, “River Journal,” will be unveiled at the exhibition’s opening.

Fletcher, meanwhile, focuses on traditional Midwestern landscapes, often painting farmhouses standing starkly against moody skyscapes. He uses color to draw sensations of nostalgia from viewers as the works try to emulate an old-fashioned lifestyle on a family farm.

And, though both artists tend to look to the world outside their home for ideas for new works, they also find strength, and inspiration, in their relationship with each other.

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