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March 21, 2013

Spring prints have artsy vibe

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California photographer Lupen Grainne creates imagery that combines a pensive Instagram quality with professional composition. She captures dreamy San Francisco street scenes and beautiful fruit or fork still lifes that draw you in. San Francisco-based Ana Ramirez’ shell photographs in stark black and white highlight the sculptural beauty of nature. And Prague-born photographer Michal Venera’s expressive black-and-white Tanzanian animal prints depict the textural grace and beauty of the natural world.

You’ll also find some amazing work from pro photogs Cindy Taylor and Rebecca Plotnick. (www.potterybarn.com )

At Crate & Barrel, there’s the Monet-like watercolor floral of the “Myrtle” pillow, while the dramatic “Landscape” pillow, featuring a winding road through wild countryside, brings Turner to mind. (www.crateandbarrel.com )

Bird’s eggs writ large — in fact, 32-inch-square large — are the powerful focal point of a series of wall art at Wisteria this spring. The eggs themselves are softly hued, but the scale of the photographic imagery is so remarkable that one or more would be a central feature in any room. (www.wisteria.com )

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