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Artists Turn Water Into Masterpieces

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'Pond Totem' series, Betsy Stewart

"Pond Totem Nos. 36 and 37," 2003 (left), and "Pond Totem Diptych No. 1," 2005.

"Watering" collaborator Betsy Stewart's totem-shaped paintings put the algae, insects, and nearly invisible critters and plants in humble little ponds under the figurative microscope, elevating them to vivid colors and forms as intricately interconnected as the ecosystems themselves.

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