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Md. first lady Yumi Hogan's latest exhibit influenced by husband's cancer battle

"Nature's Gathering" by Yumi Hogan, part of her exhibit "Nature of Unison" at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt.

In addition to her duties as Maryland's first lady, Yumi Hogan has continued to pursue her art career. A new exhibit of her works, some of them influenced by Gov. Larry Hogan's recent bout with cancer, is on display through August at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt Division.

The exhibit, "Nature of Unison," contains works using traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media.

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Hogan, an adjunct faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art who has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the Mid-Atlantic region and in Korea, said in a statement that the exhibit was an "interpretation and abstract vision of the harmony of nature."

"We human beings are part of nature like cool breezes, trees and flowing water," Hogan said. "I feel this existence in the meaning of nature through the freedom of movement and unstructured imagery."

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Hogan said that some of her works "also depict the sudden change that affected my life. After my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer, I began to use more colors and lines ... It is my intent to make people feel and understand the unpredictable breath of nature through my works."

"Nature of Vision" can be viewed through Aug. 31 at U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt.


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