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'Drawn and Needled' exhibit opens in EGF

August 17, 2014

By Wade Rupard, Grand Forks Herald

Aug. 17--The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council held a reception Saturday to showcase its newest exhibit.

The exhibit, titled "Drawn and Needled," features the drawings of Brett Lysne, of Moorhead, and the needle felting of Candace Osborn, of Ada, Minn. The works will be on display in the River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery at the Riverwalk Centre until Aug. 31.

Lynse said his artwork will highlight his two-month residency this past winter in New York Mills, Minn. His art, he said, combines a print medium and drawing, where he often draws on top of screen-printed papers.

He said a professor at the University of Minnesota at Morris encouraged him to combine different mediums and he has continued that trait into his professional career.

"I feel in love with the color you get out of screen printing but then the detail and subtlety you get out of drawing," he said.

Most of the work in the exhibit, Lynse said, is created out of his desire to clarify and organize complex memories and connections.

"I like making work that follows suit in ways, it might look like a map or look like a chart, but maybe I'm trying to break a tie there or make the viewer question their own faith in these systems or representations," Lysne said.

Joining Lysne at the exhibit will be Osborn, who creates sculptured pieces, usually of animals, by felting with wool fibers. Most of her work is in needle felting, but she has begun to incorporate wet felting into her art this spring.

"I do not recall a time when I was not drawing, and the need to create things is like a hunger which must be fulfilled in some way," Osborn said.

She said her inspiration comes from an appreciation of creation and all the wonderful things around us.

"I find that the wool produces a feeling of warmth and aliveness in the creature that draws people to it," she said.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery at the Riverwalk Centre.

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