AITKIN -- Ripple River Gallery has teamed a potter with a mixed-media artist for its next exhibit, which opens Saturday with a meet-the-artists reception at 5 p.m.
The exhibit, dubbed "Clay, Paper, Scissors," features raku pottery by Jim Loso of St. Joseph and paintings and collage by David Norstad of Detroit Lakes.
"Loso is well known in the five-state area for the diversity of his approach to clay," a gallery spokesman said this week. "And Norstad has earned numerous awards and honors," including the 1999 Arts Leadership Award from the State Arts Board.
Embellished surfaces and sculpted forms are trademarks of Loso's style, the spokesman said, adding that the Ripple River exhibit will feature the artist's raku-fired work.
An art instructor at Elk River High School, Loso teaches pottery, design and jewelry, as well as raku that emphasizes glaze and firing techniques, the spokesman said.
A full-time studio artist, Norstad works in several media, including acrylic, watercolor, pastel, collage, mixed media and sculpture, but the Ripple River show will focus on his collage pieces, the spokesman said.
Both artists have exhibited their works in solo and group shows throughout the region, he added.
The gallery, located south of Aitkin, also features the works of 35 area and regional artists working in a wide variety of media. For directions, call the gallery at (218) 678-2575.
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