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A Natural State

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A Natural State explores how people express a love for nature by shaping, twisting, carving, and weaving materials collected from the landscape. Some of the arts and crafts featured in A Natural State reveal the cultural heritage of our state, while others employ concepts from the world of modern art. What unifies the artists is their unique bond to the natural world - where a hike in the woods, a backyard picnic, or a walk in the park provides materials and inspiration for a work of art. By examining the materials, artwork, landscape, and artist, we learn how to create our own sense of place, a unique picture of how we shape the land and community as they shape us.