Re­cep­tion Fri­day hon­ors River Gallery trio

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River Gallery is openi ng 2019 with a twom­onth ex­hibit by a trio of artists.

Loy Allen, Mari Kuroda and Lynn Whip­ple are the fea­tured artists for Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary at the gallery, 400 E. Sec­ond St. They will be hon­ored with an open­ing re­cep­tion on Fri­day, Jan. 4, from 5: 30 to 7 p. m. in the gallery.

Allen is a South Dakota na­tive who re­turned to the Black Hills af­ter study­ing de­sign at South­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­sity at Car­bon­dale. Af­ter learn­ing ba­sic lam­p­work­ing in South Dakota, she stud­ied ad­vanced glass tech­niques at the Pen­land School of Crafts in North Carolina and at The Stu­dio at the Corn­ing Mu­seum of Glass in New York. She has been self- em­ployed as a flame­worker since 1979.

Allen says she draws in­spi­ra­tion “from the nat­u­ral world, the hills and plains of Dakota. Stylis­ti­cally, I am in­spired by the art of the Art Nouveau age. My nat­u­ral forms are meant to be ex­pres­sive without be­ing strictly re­al­is­tic.”

Pot­ter Mari Kuroda’s ceram­ics de­pict a blend of Ja­panese and Amer­i­can cul­tures.

Born in ru­ral Ja­pan, where her fa­ther taught English and i ke­bana ( flower ar­rang­ing), she stud­ied the tea cer­e­mony and came to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of sim­plic­ity.

She says that through her ed­u­ca­tion and life in this coun­try, she has learned to ex­plore her feel­ings and ex­press emo­tions in ways that are very un-Ja­panese.

“My highly emo­tional sculp­tures re­flect my Amer­i­can side. In mak­ing sculp­ture, my pur­pose is to find seren­ity. I get sat­is­fac­tion from each piece I cre­ate and I hope to share that with oth­ers.”

A mixed-me­dia artist, Whip­ple takes ad­van­tage of many types of the art form. She is ac­com­plished in ev­ery­thing from col­lage to paint­ing and draw­ing, sewing and found ob­jects.

“I am a mixed- me­dia artist in ev­ery sense of the word. I draw, paint, col­lage, sew, dip things in wax, jour­nal and use found ob­jects in as­sem­blages. I rel­ish the search for in­ter­est­ing items and have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by his­tory, old books, lost let­ters, worn fab­rics, fam­ily pho­to­graphs, wooden boxes and odd pieces of mem­o­ra­bilia,” she says.

“My process is to sur­round my­self with all th­ese found items and play. My work may be play­ful or se­ri­ous, sim­ple or com­plex, large or small.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about th­ese artists or River Gallery: 1-800-3742923.

Flo­ral ce­ramic bowl by Mari Kuroda


Glass per­fume bot­tle by Loy Allen ac­cented with a dragon­fly.

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