Fiber artist Kristen Anderson’s series “Restorative Loops” is now on display at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center through Nov. 6.

These 11 felted “paintings” are an example of the felting process, exploring circular connections that Anderson developed with elements in the natural world.

Working in her Bigfork studio in the Chippewa National Forest, Anderson uses a traditional wet felting technique to create wool felt tapestries. Scraps from her work allow for additional experiments that become textural hangings and sculptures. Her handiwork focuses on connection to both nature and the inner self.

Besides working in her art studio, Anderson also farms and volunteers as a forest technician at the Marcell Experimental Forest. She received her B.A. in biology and art from St. Olaf College and studied with artist Mary Reichert at Otlak Felt Studio.

Anderson learned to felt at a spinning rendezvous 20 years ago and dabbled in it for years before committing to studio work seven years ago. Her work has appeared in solo and group shows in northern Minnesota. For more information, visit

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A closing reception featuring fiber arts demonstrations and a chance to meet the artist is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. The reception is free and open to the public.

The cultural center’s gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. To arrange private viewing and tours, contact Cheryl Bannes at 218-385-3339 or

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