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Main Library, Fourth Floor Gallery


Circles of Influence

Artist Reception, Saturday, June 24, 2023, 4pm-5:30pm

Circles are found everywhere in the natural world, from the solar system to stream-tumbled rocks, to microscopic cells. Sound waves radiate outward. The sun’s rays penetrate inward. Circles are vibrant shapes because they absorb and reflect what is around them. 

“Circles of Influence” uses that imagery as the foundation of each artist’s work. Sheryl Gillilan focuses on the interplay of circles and straight lines in her quilts. Jaye Rieser incorporates the natural motion of the potter’s wheel to craft her pieces. Kandace Steadman creates collage mandalas and mixed media pieces that focus on circles. Camille Wheatley uses her camera to document the world she sees, capturing the immediacy of circles in her scenes. Virginia Catherall is inspired by the natural world and translates that vision into circular, knitted art pieces. Rebecca Klundt uses reclaimed wood to create landscapes and other imagery.

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This exhibition looks at circles of influence as experienced by artists through six different media and textures, bringing together a rich exploration of the same theme. Although each woman has her own interpretation of the circle in her work, the pieces resonate and influence one another because of the fundamental, primary use of a circle. The artists worked independently in creating their pieces, being inspired by their own circles of influence, whether their creative influences have external ripples or internal reverberations. The circles of these artists have overlapped for several years in the creative and professional community and are now drawn together for this exhibition.


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