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Gloe, Henderson art on display until March 31

Paintings by Mary Ann Gloe and glass jewelry by Kris Henderson are on display in Decorah Public Library’s Mezzanine Gallery until the end of March.
When Mar 01, 2009 10:00 AM to
Mar 31, 2009 08:00 PM
Where in the Mezzanine
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Paintings by Mary Ann Gloe and glass jewelry by Kris Henderson are on display in Decorah Public Library’s Mezzanine Gallery until the end of March.  

Painter Mary Ann Gloe states “Although I consider myself primarily a watercolor artist, my work is very eclectic, both in style and in medium used. Some of it is realistic, some is totally nonrepresentational. Most works involve watercolor but I also work with acrylic, oil, collage and whatever medium moves me at a given moment.”

 

Gloe began painting thirty seven years ago when she took an adult education class in drawing from Doug Eckheart. She has also taken art classes at Luther and she enrolls in the annual watercolor workshop sponsored by the Iowa Watercolor Society.  Gloe exhibits at Agora Arts, The Perfect Edge and The Luther College Book Store in Decorah; The Clover Gallery in Harmony; The Wildflower Gallery in Cresco and The Art Gallery in Clermont. She says that she hopes to keep on producing art and experimenting with various media and methods in the future.

 

Glass artist Kris Henderson explains “My art is primarily jewelry pieces. I choose colors that are complementary and cut the glass into shapes to create a design. Each piece is then put together and fired in a kiln where it melts and the pieces fuse together. I use a combination of stained glass and dichroic glass. Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind; free form design in a variety of shapes and sizes. They function as pendants, pins, earrings, and bottle stoppers.”

 

Henderson has been creating art in a variety of mediums for most of her life. She was introduced to fused glass four years ago, fell in love with it, and has been working in glass ever since. She has exhibited her art in galleries in New Mexico, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California. She currently exhibits in her own studio and the Bluff Country Gallery in Spring Grove and has also been invited to exhibit in the Ossian gallery. Henderson plans to grow both her art and her business in the future, as well as continue to experiment with combining fused glass with other art forms such as gourds, felt, beading and wire.

 

The Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery has been a joint project of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah Area Regional Arts Council (DRAC) since 1998. The Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm.

 

Anyone interested in exhibiting artwork in the Gallery should contact Ellen Macdonald at macdonel@luther.edu or Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717.