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nix

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nixie,

in Germanic mythology, water sprite. The nixes could assume various shapes, most frequently as half human and half fish. They could do favors for humans, particularly in teaching them bewitching music, but for the most part they were treacherous and malignant.
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Hammerlein's latest drawings, a group of large graphite-and-ink works recently on view at Derek Eller Gallery, are populated by sirens and Rhine maidens, centaurs and knights, and creatures who are half-human, half-flower.
The Rhine Maidens seem to be having a pillow fight at a pajama party, which gets the evening off to a shaky visual start.
The plaintive cry of the Rhine Maidens lamenting their missing gold.