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Sijan Exhibition opening reception at MacNider on October 29

MASON CITY, Iowa ó Join the Charles H. MacNider Museum for the opening reception of Marc Sijan: Being Alive on Friday, October 29, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Be one of the first people to see this remarkable exhibition featuring life-like sculptures!

There is no cost to attend this festive reception, so bring family, friends, and co-workers to enjoy free appetizers and wine throughout the evening. Local band Feel Lucky will entertain guests with upbeat music, and visitors are welcome to explore the galleries during the event. Halloween costumes are welcome but not required.

Wisconsin artist Marc Sijan is known for his super-realistic figures that show the unique imperfections of the human body. The sculptures are so intricately crafted that, at first glance, people often assume the figures are alive. According to Sijan, he creates a negative mold of a live model in plaster, then “sculpts the interior with special tools and a magnifying glass to assure accurate detail.” He goes on to explain that after casting the form in polyester resin, over 20 coats of paint and a final layer of varnish are applied to create the sculpture’s realistic flesh tones. Learn more about Sijan’s work at
Marc Sijan: Being Alive opens on Friday, October 29, 2010, and closes on Saturday, January 8, 2011. It features six life-sized sculptures, 10 wall-relief portraits, and two busts. The exhibition is funded in part with a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts; Alliant Energy Foundation; Principal Financial Group; and Visit Mason City. Armour-Eckrich is the sponsor of the opening reception.

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is located at 303 Second Street SE in Mason City. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and all legal holidays. For more information, please call 641-421-3666 or visit|

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