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The Toucan Gallery is opening a new exhibit, beginning with a free public reception Saturday featuring works by Wyoming artist Kelsey McDonnell.

The artist reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. with McDonnell in attendance to engage with patrons. Refreshments will be served.

McDonnell’s most recent paintings, while seemingly different in subject matter from the “Women and Trees” series she has produced over the last few years, can be understood as a continuation of that work. In both series, a combination of elements both natural and man-made — trees, chairs, animals and objects — is juxtaposed against the human form.

Where her previous work often considered the feminine form in whole, this new series focuses specifically on the human head. Ultimately, these portraits represent the results of an exploration of McDonnell’s own experiences as a woman, an artist, a mother and as someone aware of being part of something greater than herself.

McDonnell has a degree in art from Montana State University Billings, and her work is represented extensively in exhibitions, shows, and auctions throughout Montana and Wyoming.

The Toucan Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery can be reached at 252-0122 and through its website,

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