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Wellington Place Artist Reception

When May 17, 2010
from 02:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Residents of Wellington Place in Decorah are exhibiting their art at Decorah Public Library until the end of May. A reception for the group will be held from 2-2:30 p.m. Monday May 17 on the 2nd floor of the library. The public is invited to come and meet the artists, see the show, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC).


At Wellington Place wonderful works of art are created that communicate beauty, stories, imagination, personality and skill. Twelve to fifteen individuals gather around tables in the activity room twice a month with Art Therapist Karen Misseldine to learn and explore different art techniques and media. Individuals get to stretch their imagination as they are challenged to create original expressions while simultaneously connecting with others who are creating alongside them. Many different art mediums and techniques including water color, collage, clay, pastels and mixed mediums are explored. The group often uses master artists for inspiration such as Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe.


According to Misseldine, “Art allows a time and place to occur unlike any other time in the day. No matter a person’s ability or art experience, engagement in creating original art can provide a deep focus into the creative process. Art provides the challenge of learning something new and working toward a feeling of success, or as one Wellington Place artists often says ‘this is something one could practice and get better at!’  Involvement in the art process strengthens a person’s originality and individuality. Art also has the power to connect people through visual stories and shared experiences in addition to the enjoyment of admiring each other’s creations.”


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 this fall or winter should contact Ellen Macdonald at or Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717.