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Paseo gallery opens three new exhibits



A Friday reception will mark the opening of three new exhibits at JRB Art at The Elms.

Narrative art from Denise Duong, ceramic works by Matt Seikel and mixed-media masks by Patrick Riley will be debuted from 6-10 p.m. at the gallery, located at 2810 N. Walker.

Duong typically paints and collages her characteristically whimsical pieces, but recent European travel inspired her to use different techniques like photo transferring to create new environmental story lines, which become characters she builds up with layers of collage.

The new pieces contain "stories, thoughts and desires "? all of which does not include the worries of the next president, religion's control, or the economy," she explained in a exhibition statement, adding that each of her pieces "strips away the cares and worries of life, diverting us from our routine existence" and is meant to embrace the beauty of life. 

Seikel uses two different approaches for his Zen-inspired vessels and sculptural pieces, which he creates from found elements. The conception of the bowls and ceramic containers focused on productivity and process. Painted black and white, the vessels were kiln-fired with traditional Japanese methods.

In his artist's statement, Seikel said he "tried to cut through the distraction of ingenuity and complexity of material" by focusing on creating purely visual objects.

A seasonal favorite well-known for creating bold, mixed-media masks, Riley crafts exotic masks from leather, paint, feathers, jewels and other ordinary objects.

The exhibits will run through October 31. Admission is free. For more information, call 528-6336.

 "?Natalie Burkey


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