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Petersburg painter Ashley DuRoss' work is on display at the Clausen Memorial Museum. According to her artist's statement, her work is "the study of the available paint and paint swatches from True Value and Behr, which reflects a study of American culture and color today. I am interested in the thousands of colors within interior house paint collections and the generous names that are attached to each and every color. The market of such a business has a goal of evoking a memory or an emotion." DuRoss explores those memories and emotions by painting blocked patterns and arranging swatches using colors from the True Value collection with names like Courage, Sassy, Pom Pom and Mountain Mist. "If you peel back the label of a regular can of house paint, you will see yourself within the curved, silvery, mirrored surface of the exposed paint can. There is something to be said about this experience and the present. Through my work, I would like to draw cultural truths from the language used and the in linked colors," DuRoss writes.