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Artist Deanna Cluff to display her work in the Activities Center

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Artist Deanna Cluff to display her work in the Activities Center

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—A stunning show of paintings by artist Deanna Cluff, Mankind and Animals – An Inseparable Connection, will be presented to the community at Eastern Arizona College’s Activities Center Lobby beginning September 2, and running through the end of the month.

The free show will officially open with an artist reception on Saturday, September 3, 2011, from 7-9 p.m., and includes a collection of paintings showing the connection between humans and animals, the subject of Cluff’s master’s thesis.

“In her highly illustrative style, Cluff has created this body of work in oil paintings, conveying depth, emotion, and connection that people have with the other species of our planet,” says EAC art instructor and host for the show, Kenny Rhodes.

“The project, a collection of 14 paintings in a larger format of 36” x 48” and 24” x 36”, has indeed succeeded in portraying the emotions we can feel between ourselves and the animal world, as beloved pets, as co-workers, and as entertainment,” added Rhodes.

“The project comes from my own love of animals and the sense that there is more to the connections between animals and humans than just sharing our planet,” says Cluff.

“There is an intangible link that brings our species together in ways that communicate love and joy,” she said. “It is my own love for animals and what they have meant in my life that inspires me.”