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Art Exhibit: Juncture

Location: Gilded Pear Gallery
Time: 5:00 PM to 2:00 PM
808 Third Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Date: Friday, October 15 2021 to Saturday, November 27 2021

Gilded Pear Gallery is delighted to present “Juncture” a solo exhibition of new work by Cedar Rapids artist and educator, Ellen Kleckner. This exhibition displays work in collaboration with materials and partners and features unlikely combinations of joined media such as ceramics/wood/steel/reed actively illustrate the tension between the dualistic materials.

Through a convergence of materials, Ellen’s work uses connections between place, materiality, idea, legacy, and community to lead viewers into the unfamiliar; where materials embody ideas and form becomes a question. “My work utilizes the visual and mechanical vocabulary of makers and craftspeople, joining parts to create whole forms that provoke the agencies of their utility, questioning which is recognizable… Each pairing finds balance within its two-part system; materials become interdependent while maintaining individual integrity. This moment and method in which subjects meet creates a visual narrative depicting mutual reliance to hold the new form.” Works on view are displayed as free standing and wall sculptures, as well as works on paper. Ellen's education began at the Craft Schools of Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, and John C. Campbell Folk School. She received her BFA in Ceramics from The Appalachian Center for Craft and completed a Post Baccalaureate year of study at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her MFA in Ceramics at Ohio University. Ellen has been an artist in residence in many communities including The Flux Factory in New York City and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. Ellen is currently the Executive Director of the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, a non-profit community art center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Generous support provided by the Iowa Arts Council awarded to Ellen Kleckner. Special thanks from the artist to the collaborative efforts and talents of Linda Tein, Bill Ball, Jake Hamm, Riley McManus, Mike Sneller, John Schwartzkopf, and Alea Walter. Visit Us: Drop in anytime during our regular business hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm, and CLOSED on Sunday. Appointments for our services (i.e.-custom framing, art appraisals) are preferred. Private viewing appointments are still being offered and can be made by contacting the gallery via email or phone.