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Five artist reception set; Scheer art is next

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Twin Cities based artists Laura Andrews, Suzanne Murphy, Heather Humbert (Price), Jennifer Totoritis-Searl, and Brian Jorgenson will be at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center to greet and talk with friends, family and art lovers from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to this free event. This reception is in place of the originally scheduled reception which was snowed out. This will be the last opportunity to see all the work by these artists in this exhibit.

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The next exhibit opening at the Cultural Center will be curated by Wadena-based artist Kent Scheer. Scheer first discovered the genre know as SFA, small format art, during winter 2010. Most typically these works are executed within a 2.5-by-3.5-inch frame, but work routinely and religiously kept within that exact scale is also called artist trading cards or ACEOs. Due to its unique affordability Scheer built up a collection of more than 100 works by U.S. and international artists within the span of one year. One artist in particular stood out as an absolutely inexhaustable source of ever fresh creativity. Patti Klages from St. Louis, Mo. sells work over the Internet which is sharp-edged and brightly graphic to the point of being cartoonish. But, for a short period of time she devoted a part of her output to abstract flowers and still lifes. The range of design creativity which she demonstrated within this genre and within this time is stunning. The Regional Cultural Center will be filled with her ACEOs in an exhibit titled Patti's Floralegium from Feb. 5 through March 26.

Scheer will also show a small selection of his abstract floral sculptures and whimsical sculptures from recycled copper, brass and aluminum at the same time.

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