By Raymundo Muñoz

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“Premonition” by Elena Gunderson

Pulling together a great show with ample time is hard enough, but doing so with only a few days notice is a special feat: Elena Gunderson did just that at Crimson Hilt this past Second Saturday. A healthy crowd streamed in throughout the chilly evening to experience this local artist’s beautifully wrought and amusingly bizarre works in gouache.

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Along with some of last year’s works (previously on display at Love Gallery), Elena debuted 4 new ornate paintings: “Fly Girl,” “Dark Horse,” “Fowl Play,” and “Premonition.” Colorful visual mischief runs rampant across each cleverly titled piece, conveying the artist’s unique verve and special sense of humor.

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“Fly Girl” by Elena Gunderson

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“Bad Lands” by Elena Gunderson

And for good measure, the artist–ever the joyous spirit–even managed to transmit her playfulness to the dance floor, cutting the rug–aptly–in a style all her own.

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Elena on the dance floor

Fun, strange, very warm, and extremely talented, Elena Gunderson lifts the art scene in a way few others can.

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Chris Rodriguez and Elena in a battle of thumbs

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DJ Gatsby

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Morgan Febrey and friend Meghan

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Morgan and Elena in a battle of behinds

Elena Gunderson’s works on display at Crimson Hilt Feb.8 – Mar.7.

http://elenasweird.com/