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45 Exhibition Now Open at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

Rob Wallace of Ames, IA, EYECATCHER, Red elm burl vessel, 22K gold leaf

MASON CITY – Iowa Crafts: 45 is now open in the Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. This diverse exhibition is the result of a statewide crafts competition, held by the Museum, featuring creative works by Iowa artists.

An opening artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, November 6, beginning at 2 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and to meet the artists represented. The juror for Iowa Crafts: 45 is Jeffrey Ebeling, Executive Director at the Clear Lake Art Center.

The competition for this exhibition was open to all residents of Iowa above high school age. Entry categories were clay, fiber, metal/wood, jewelry, and other craft media. The purpose of the exhibition is to provide the public with further enriching arts experiences and to promote interest in and recognition of the accomplishments of Iowa artists.

Twenty-one artists entered sixty-four artworks into this year’s Iowa Crafts competition. Thirty-two artworks by nineteen artists were selected for display, ranging from long-time artists to students just starting their careers. A great diversity of entries including sculpture, mixed media works, handmade quilts, and pottery were chosen. Individual artists will be selected to receive awards for their works. These award winners will be announced at the opening reception on Saturday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Iowa Crafts: 45 can be viewed in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through Saturday, January 19, 2022. Admission to the Museum is free. Museum hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays – Mondays Closed.

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