DEERWOOD -- Three central Minnesota artists will be guests at Ripple River Gallery's grand opening this weekend.
The gallery, located five miles south of Deerwood on Highway 6, has been operating since late June under owner and woodworker Bob Carls.
Carls, however, is officially celebrating its opening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Jeffrey Zachmann, a Fergus Falls artist, will be on hand Friday to discuss his conversion from functional pottery to "kenetic sculpture using metal wire, rolling balls and movement of machines," a gallery news release said.
"Whenever Zachmann exhibits, people are captivated by the combination of mechanics and motion," the release said.
His work has been exhibited at the Buell Children's Museum in Pueblo, Colo., Whitaker Center for Science and Arts in Harrisburg, Pa., and Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., as well as selected art shows and private galleries.
Charles Beck, an area artist who specializes in woodblock prints and carved birds, will be at the opening Saturday.
"Beck's work reflects the influence of his environment and his subject matter is centered on the farm land and forests of northwestern Minnesota," the release said.
The artist has shown his work at the Des Moines Art Center, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Some of Beck's pieces reside in private collections across the country, the release said.
Aitkin artist Louise Johnson will demonstrate her pencil drawings at the gallery Sunday.
She creates custom pencil portraits of pets, vehicles and houses, and her work can be found in private collections, as well as in a commercial line of note cards. Johnson won the Grandma's Marathon T-shirt Design Contest in 1988.
Carls works with native and exotic hardwoods to create both functional and decorative lathe-turned and carved bowls, vessels and jars, the release said. Studio tours will be available during the weekend opening at his gallery.
Ripple River also features "original work by exceptional artists" in pottery, stone and wood jewelry, mixed media and glass constructions, nature prints and more, according to the release.
The gallery normally is open Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 678-2575.
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