River Gallery re­cep­tion hon­ors Kessler, Ol­szewski

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A re­cep­tion is set for Fri­day, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at River Gallery, 400 E. Sec­ond St., to mark the open­ing of the Fe­bru­ary ex­hibit fea­tur­ing artists Michael Kessler and Steve Ol­szewski.

Lay­ers of color draw view­ers deeper into Kessler’s geo­met­ric paint­ings. By ap­ply­ing sev­eral lay­ers of paint with self-adapted, trowel-like tools, the artist re­veals or­ganic and geo­met­ric struc­tures. Kessler says the paint­ings are not about “some hid­den nar­ra­tive, they are about what you see.”

Michi­gan sculp­tor Ol­szewski has al­ways been drawn to clay. He got his start sculpt­ing model au­to­mo­biles for Gen­eral Elec­tric, but now his work re­flects his own ideas.

Ol­szewski’s raku clay fig­ures are hand-built and de­signed to be med­i­ta­tive and pensive. His teacher, Robert Pipen­burg, an au­thor on the process of raku fir­ing, is re­spon­si­ble for his choice of fir­ing tech­nique.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-265-5033.


“Re­cov­ery” by Michael Kessler.

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