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During the pandemic, Stonington artist R. Douglass Rice transforms friends' selfies into 'Portraits in Isolation'

R. Douglass Rice, in his Stonington studio, shows a few of the selfie photos that he has received for his new project. Rice asked people to send him selfies and is painting their portraits and calling the project “Portraits of Friends in Isolation.” On the wall in the background are a few of the portraits he has painted. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

“As I’ve painted them, I’ve created this Facebook group called Portraits of Friends in Isolation, and as each person gets painted, I invite them into this group. I encourage them to meet each other, to check in on each other and to celebrate each other … The idea is to...

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Stepmother-to-be is happy to leave parenting to parents

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