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  For ages, Sandra Russell Clark has been a photographer of trees and landscapes, creating sensually ethereal views of misty gardens and windswept Gulf Coast vistas that reflect her own impressionistic, neo-romantic approach. A New Orleans native and longtime Bay St. Louis, Miss., resident, Clark endured the ultimate photographic nightmare when Katrina's tidal surge claimed the negatives that were a large part of her life's work. Her new digital photographs at Loyola are very different from anything she has done before. A colorful series of portraits of little dolls and figurines rescued from the storm rubble, there is little that suggests hurricanes — at first. Look again and we see that while a Shoney's Big Boy figurine came through unscathed, a Lonely Ranger's uniform (pictured) looks like he got into a fight with Smokey the Bear. And a Sammi Doll in a blue chiffon gown appears to suffer the ravages of PTSD as she reclines in an unkempt daze. She looks like she might have benefited from the mental health services of the adolescent hospital the Jindal administration is moving to Mandeville. But maybe she should receive counseling from the pudgy good-luck Buddha figurine dispensing advice over a telephone. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Juju: Recent Photographs by Sandra Russell Clark

Through Oct. 23

Collins Diboll Gallery, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 865-2186; www.loyno.edu/dibollgallery

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