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Northwest artist displays ‘magical’ paintings in Santa Fe

Caption: “Canyon Crossing” by Northwest artist Andrea Traphagen.

Pacific Northwest travelers may want to stop by the Turqoise House in the artistic haven of Santa Fe this summer to peruse Norhwest artist Andrea Traphagen’s works on display.

Traphagen is currently exhibiting three works featuring equestrian themes–“Canyon Crossing,” “Mesa Canyon” and “Bay Ride”–at Turqoise House in Santa Fe. “They are not only beautiful, but also represent freedom and strength,” explains Traphagen.

“During my recent visit to the City Different, I noticed that many of the local merchants and residents were interested in Pacific Northwest artists,” said Traphagen. “I selected the works on display at Turqoise House on the basis of how they fit into the general artistic spirit in Santa Fe.”

With the stroke of a brush and a vivid imagination, Andrea’s paintings transform you into a world of mermaids, dragon flies and old growth forests. She has created an impressive array of art depicting Pacific Northwest landscapes as well as the high desert scenes often displayed in Santa Fe.

“I would define my work as impressionism with magical realism,” said Traphagen. “Some paintings are pure fantasy while others are realistic with whimsical elements.”

In addition to Santa Fe, Traphagen also exhibits her work at Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park, Washington, Sea Gypsy Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and Ella Gray Home and Gifts in Kalama, Washington.

Turqoise House, located at 130 W. Water Street in Santa Fe, features bracelets, necklaces and a wide range of fine turquoise jewelry. For information, call (505) 983-6862.

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“Mesa Canyon” by Northwest artist Andrea Traphagen.