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Press Photo by Katherine Lymn Assumption Abbey Brother Llewellyn Kouba discusses his intricate icon painting titled “Passing the Gift of Creativity” at the Abbey’s dining hall on Thursday.

A man and a masterpiece: Assumption Abbey’s Kouba creates art as self-taught painter

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RICHARDTON — Brother Llewellyn Kouba calls his studio a “jungle.”

“It’s my space,” he says.

The tropical studio is full of signs of Kouba’s many hobbies: an exotic flower collection, materials for pottery, painting props. The bird in a hanging cage and fish tank only add to the argument that there’s no way you’re in Richardton. The “jungle” is the brother’s studio at the Assumption Abbey, where Kouba has lived 40 years.

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