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Sculpture inspired by traditional lace and quilt patterns

Inspired by traditional textiles, Gail Katz-James transforms steel and recycled objects into lacy and feminine structures. Her artwork is on display at the Nemeth Art Center through Sept. 30. (Submitted photo)

The Nemeth Art Center will celebrate an exhibit in its community gallery by Minnesota sculptor Gail Katz-James this Saturday, Sept. 2.

Katz-James is an artist based out of Minneapolis. Her sculptures — made of steel, wire, hardware and found objects — are rooted in the textile traditions like quilting, weaving, lacemaking and knotless netting.

Katz-James focuses on the transformation of materials from their familiar context into surfaces and structures. She combines welding with hand-manipulated textile processes, such as wire work and beading.

Her opening reception starts at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2 for NAC members and will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the general public. This is the final opening reception at the NAC this season.

The Nemeth Art Center is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays in the upstairs of the historic courthouse at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Admission to the Nemeth Art Center is always free. More information can be found at www.nemethartcenter.org.

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