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Karen Margulis, Wonderland, 2022, pastel on LuxArchival, 12x12 in - detail

Karen Margulis – Journey Into Abstraction

Many of you will know Karen Margulis and her work. (And if you don’t, where have you been?!) I’ve always admired Karen’s work as well as her consistency in painting and commitment to teaching. I’ve

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