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Jewelry artist to be featured at gallery

For the month of January 2013, artZ Gallery presents guest artists, jeweler Edna Grotjahn Early of New Richmond and painter Paul Oman of Amery.

The gallery will also be featuring quilts by members of the Apple River Quilt Guild.

The public is invited to meet all the artists at an opening reception Friday evening, Jan. 11, from 5-8 p.m. Conversations with the artists begin at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition opens Jan. 4 and continues through Jan. 31.

Early began her focus on creating unique jewelry pieces incorporating beads, glass and metal 15 years ago after more than 25 years working in a wide variety of mediums from pottery and weaving to glass blowing and painting.

A University of Wisconsin-River Falls art program graduate, she has taught art in Europe and at New Richmond High School and has worked as the Student Life coordinator at WITC in New Richmond.

Oman describes his watercolors as "painting a feeling."

"My greatest inspiration comes from the simple beauty of the upper Midwestern landscapes," he said. "This environment is home to me. It is a part of who I am."

Oman chooses to work in watercolor for its "spontaneity, subtleness, vibrancy and difficulty." He describes his process as "quick and confident."

With an education degree from UW-RF and the University of Minnesota, and a degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Oman has garnered regional attention with his larger-than-life murals created live during worship services.

artZ is also hosting its first organized exhibition of locally created quilts by members of the Apple River Quilt Guild. The quilts in the exhibition were created for the 2012 Quilt Show Challenge.

According to member Bonnie Hagen, "The challenge was to make a string or scrap quilt using only scraps of fabric - no new purchases." Entries could be up to 24" x 24" and had to include at least one printed salvage and one piece of recycled clothing.

Member printmaker Emily Gray Koehler will present work from her collaboration with ceramicist Chris Scamehorn, exploring transferred textures using clay and collagraphs.

artZ Gallery is an artist-owned and operated gallery located in the historic J.E. Harkinson building at 208 N. Keller Ave. in Amery. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.