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garbage can full of sawdust. Some chemical reaction between the sawdust and the red iron oxide creates the color patterns and the finish. It was like … magic.” He nodded. “Alchemy.” The word surprised her. “Yes. Exactly.” He nodded at some framed pieces hung on a bamboo screen. “What about these?” She told him about the bellowing bull elk painted on turkey feathers, then the mosaic icons made from salvaged mausoleum tiles. She knew she should be chatting up someone who at least looked like a real buyer. But he was lapping the attention like a pup and she was enjoying herself. “You found all this stuff?” he asked. “It’s part of my job. The best part. Being around people with a passion for what they do. It’s inspiring.” “Yeah. I know what you mean. But I still like that better. A real-life painting.” He nodded at a portrait of a seal brown racehorse, airborne on the track. “A pastel,” she said. “The horse was a stakes winner in Chicago.” He checked the price. “Why so — cheap?” “The artist is still establishing herself in the area. And it’s an older work.” “So am I — new in town, I mean,” he said. “And working


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