Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sinsinawa Mound Exhibit Open

Looking for something to do this coming Friday evening?  Join us for the opening reception of this photography and glass art exhibit in the art gallery of the Sinsinawa Mound Center.  Below are two of my images included among those on display; however, in addition to photographs are beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of glass created by artist Barbara Z. McKinlay of Dubuque, Iowa.  

The drive to Sinsinawa Mound Center is easy from Dubuque as it is just across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and then a few miles off of Highway 151.  Detailed driving directions are available on the website ( but the address is 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI.

Read on for details about tomorrow night's opening reception along with our artist statements for this particular collection.  

Fog on the Bend by Stephanie Funke

Now Showing
August 12, 2014 - September 30, 2014
“Nature: Water and Wonder” 
Featured artists: Barb Zehentner McKinlay, Glass art & Stephanie Funke, Photography
Opening Reception: Friday, Aug. 15, 6-8 p.m. 

Zehentner McKinley captures a lifetime of memories of living along the Mississippi River, layered upon one another: the sounds of breaking ice, the bubbles that signal the underwater passage of aquatic wildlife, the smells and textures of backwater algae and mosses, the colors of the changing seasons. She works by hand to create pieces reflective of the river on a base of clear glass with layers of hand-made cubes or bubbles flowing with ground glass (or “frit”). The cubes or bubbles are formed by firing first, then multiple additional firings fuse the pieces and frit to the desired texture and “slump” them into their final forms. “This work explores the images of my mind’s eye remembering the places and times I have spent along this beautiful and unique landscape,” she said. 

Much of Funke’s work is of the outdoors as she is easily captivated by the overwhelming power, beauty, intense extremes and profound lessons of nature. Patterns, lines and the presence and/or absence of light also influence her images. When photographing the world outside her door, she is amazed by the endless opportunities to capture the predictable as well as the unexpected, bizarre and often overlooked elements of nature. This collection of photographs combines various regional landscapes along with scenes from hydrothermal features in Yellowstone National Park to highlight some of Mother Nature’s amazing and naturally charming attributes.

Tinted Trunks by Stephanie Funke

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