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Blank Canvas features Battle Lake artists

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. South in Park Rapids is announcing a new feature at the gallery, exhibition of guest artists.

Part of the BCG mission is to provide the opportunity for the public to come into the gallery and view original artwork in a comfortable environment. This is a chance to see contemporary artwork produced by local and regional artists. Viewers also have the chance to learn more about the artwork by visiting with one of the artists.

All staff members at the gallery are the artists themselves so they can discuss any of the displayed art with visitors.

Mary Williams, Liz Kuhn and Sandra Thimgan, Battle Lake area artists, are showing original creations of handmade jewelry and sculpture. 

Williams is a sculptor. Her first love is stone carving, but she also creates pieces in clay and bronze. She delights in working with nature's materials to form shapes and images pleasing to the senses.

Williams received her formal training from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in many exhibitions and master art workshops and received numerous awards. 

Jeweler Kuhn, a long time resident of rural Minnesota, is attending the Communication Art and Design program at Alexandria Tech College.

Kuhn's "Steampunk" jewelry items, made with clay and watch gears, are her latest creations and her favorite to create.

Thimgan began making jewelry 15 years ago, incorporating beadwork with macramé.

More recently she began "repurposing" flatware into jewelry pieces, naming it Silver'wear.'