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'Meander' to MAFAC

July 9, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

For those who haven't been to the Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl Meander, they can get a taste of what the event has to offer with the current exhibit at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Center.

Works from 20 of the 2011 Meander artists are on display at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Center through July 29.

Becky Wyffels, exhibit coordinator for MAFAC, said the exhibit, which is a "sneak preview" of the upcoming Art Crawl in October, has a "little bit of everything" in art mediums.

"There's wood furniture pieces, there's photos, pen and ink, watercolors," Wyffels said. "Woodcut pieces, baskets, Tokheim Stoneware." She said one of the featured artists, Mary Taffe of Ortonville, created dolls that are "wild and fun."

Deb Larson of Ortonville is the chairwoman of the 2011 Meander and also has some artwork in the MAFAC exhibit. Although she worked in family services, Larson said she knew art was always there in her life.

"I've always been an artist, which is my first love," Larson said.

Larson was initially going to study art when she was in college but majored in psychology. She worked in the business world for several years. Then she took a class at the Milan Village Arts School.

"I just realized that's what I wanted to do," Larson said. So she decided to go back to college five years ago at the University of Minnesota, Morris for art.

Larson said the idea to have an exhibit featuring some of the Meander's artists came from Wyffels.

"When I was developing the exhibit schedule, I thought it might be nice to encourage people to go to the Meander because it's close," Wyffels said.

The Meander has artists from as far north as Ortonville as well as ones from Granite Falls, Montevideo and Dawson.

"It is great to get our stuff out (there)," Larson said, adding that she'd like to get the Meander promoted more. "It really makes a difference."

Larson said the Meander has a lot of people coming from different states to visit.

"It's an event some people take the weekend and make plans to stay overnight," Larson said.

Larson said there are a few new artists on the Meander this year, and she's hoping Marshall people who see the exhibit at MAFAC will be inclined to make the trip to see the Art Crawl.

"We're looking forward to seeing people from Marshall and talking about our work," Larson said.



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