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The portraits of a lady

Decades in seclusion. A mysterious spouse. With her work in a new exhibit, a painter reemerges.

Top: Nancy Ellen Craig holds her painting ''Apollo Rising From the Ashes'' in front of her home, which burned in March. Center: Craig stands between her portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright (left) and Hans Hofmann. Bottom: Working with a model in the 1950s. Top: Nancy Ellen Craig holds her painting ''Apollo Rising From the Ashes'' in front of her home, which burned in March. Center: Craig stands between her portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright (left) and Hans Hofmann. Bottom: Working with a model in the 1950s. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff (top and center))
By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / September 14, 2008

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TRURO - The yellow house at the bottom of the steep, rutted dirt driveway is empty now. An electrical fire in March rendered the small Cape a charred shell, littered with ruined clothes, water-stained books, and childhood photographs. The garage, though, remains intact. And Nancy Ellen Craig, a tiny 81-year-old woman wearing a borrowed rugby shirt and shorts, pulls open ... (Full article: 2345 words)

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