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New exhibits at the Blanden

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., has new exhibitions for the spring of 2021. The new exhibits transfer the mind into a colorful array of lineal details using common, everyday objects by Roger Feldhans to the ethereal, soft tones mixed in with the heritage from family images and stories. It is a great opportunity to come visit the museum during the springtime weather.

In the Upstairs Gallery is the Color Bomb! exhibition. Color is one of the most potent elements found in nature. An element of light and psychology, color is used in cultures worldwide and throughout history to forge connections with the universe. There is a strange mystifying relationship between science, art, and color manifested by artist Roger Feldhans. This exhibit is on display until May 15.

In the East Gallery, is the “People and Places” by Tara Moorman exhibition. Her favorite medium is watercolor for its magical qualities. Edgar Whitney, the founder of the modern-day watercolor movement, said “watercolor does what we cannot do,” meaning there is a quality of unpredictability about it, no matter how adept one becomes with the medium. An artist’s ability to let go and relinquish control over their creations allows for wonderful and sometimes extraordinary results. The photos became an invitation to merge art with the love of family, history, and storytelling. She painted their spiritual light with an aura of rainbow colors, to create an etheric atmosphere. At the same time, showcasing period clothes, beautifully patterned dresses, boots, hats and cars. This exhibit is on display until May 8.

In the West Gallery, is the continuation of the Creating Unity exhibition. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, the exhibition is focused on women artists from the Permanent Collection. The exhibition will be on display through December 2021. Three of the artists on display are the inspiration for the newest virtual art classes to be held through May 2021. The first one will be “Untitled” by Judith Golden, then on May 15 will be “Tar Beach #2” by Faith Ringgold and finally, “A Bone to Pick” by Joyce Blunck on June 19. All are virtual and done on Facebook Live from 10 to 11 a.m.

To find out more about the permanent collection at the Blanden or visit online at www.blanden.org. Hours to visit the museum are Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. For more information call 576-2316. The museum does require masks and groups of up to 20 are encouraged to come tour the Blanden.

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