Artist Keiko Hara explores a sense of place, literally and figuratively, in a new WSU exhibit

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Keiko Hara examines a print in her art studio.

One of artist Keiko Hara’s happy places is her Walla Walla art studio. That’s where she does her painting and printmaking that reflect a “strong love of place,” otherwise known as topophilia. The concept is familiar to fans of Spokane artist Ben Joyce’s map-based paintings, but also Georgia O’Keefe’s New Mexico abstractions and Claude Monet’s gauzily painted haystacks from turn-of-the-century France.

Topophilia is not merely landscape, however. As Hara’s current exhibition at Washington State

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