AITKIN - Functional fiber art by Michele Auger and sculptures by Bill Gossman will be featured at "By Hand" through June 15 at the Ripple River Gallery south of Aitkin.
A reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.
Today, it's hard to imagine a time when all kitchenware, household furnishings, fabric and clothing were handmade by skilled craftsworkers. "By Hand" celebrates the craftsmanship of two artists who create work that is both functional and artistic.
Fiber artist Auger, who lives and works on Wisconsin's Madeline Island, said, "I am always mesmerized by the landscape. There is nothing in the man-made world that brings me such peace. Nature is so perfectly balanced with color, shape (and) contrast."
This covered jar by Bill Gossman is among his work now on display at the Ripple River Gallery.
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Auger's work includes functional wool and cotton rugs, as well as sculptural fiber pieces and lamps that incorporate twigs, stones and beads.
Willmar clay artist Gossman draws on his experiences in Europe, Africa and the United States. He sees his work as a culmination of his experiences and relationships with nature and humankind.
"The medium of clay responds and records each and every touch, whether it is the touch of the maker's hand or a touch from the river of flame during firing in the wood-fueled kiln," Gossman said.
For more information, call (218) 678-2575, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ripplerivergallery.com.
Cameron's artwork featured in Nisswa
NISSWA - "Northern Inspiration," watercolor and mixed media work by Mary Cameron, will be featured from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Path Less Traveled gallery in Nisswa.
Originals, prints and cards will be for sale. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (218) 820-9354.
Garrison Art Show slated May 25
GARRISON - The Mille Lacs Art Council will present the 16th annual Garrison Art Show at a time to be announced May 25 at the VFW grounds in Garrison.
Artists must submit photos or slides of their work to a jury committee for acceptance into the show. Works must be handmade and display the artist's thoughts, imagination and quality of workmanship.
Paintings, photography, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, steel sculptures, weavings and handmade paper art will be for sale. Artists will represent Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
The VFW will host a bake sale in the morning. Papa Ruebens will offer sandwiches, snack food, ice cream treats and drinks throughout the day.
Crosslake Art Club work on display
Work by members of the Crosslake Art Club will be on display through July at the Crosslake Community Center, Crosslake City Hall and Breezy Point City Hall.
Featured artists include Sue Bowen, Beverly Abear, Diane Runberg, Joan Hallada, Pat Smith, Martha Eng, Karen Cheney, Jan Roberts, Karen Vukonich, Gail Smith and Laurel LaBorde.
The club meets at 1 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Crosslake Community Center.
Photographer wins regional award
FARGO, N.D. - Tom Krekow, of Aaron Thomas Photography in Brainerd's Franklin Arts Center, was awarded last month at the annual Northern Light Regional Convention for professional photographers in Fargo, N.D.
Krekow received the Masters' Court of Honor Award for his four pieces and the Judges' Award for "They Tell Me, I Was a Teacher."
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