Works by Mary Koziol and Steve Mawson are on display at the County-City Exhibition Gallery until August 26.
“Afternoon Dreams”, Koziol’s paintings, reflect growing up in a rural setting and, as a nature student on the Great Plains, the diversity of animal and plant life that made a deep and lasting impression .
“I felt endlessly inspired by the vast landscape and how it could be permanently affected by powerful weather patterns,” Koziol said.
Each new canvas or panel is an invitation to question the relationship between our natural world and the organized, sometimes chaotic society in which we live.
“Through my work, I find a way to visually and emotionally organize what I experience in my environment and what I see in my imagination,” Koziol added.
Mawson’s, “Woodturnings from the Heartland” is inspired by Native American-style woven baskets. Mawson is continually researching new designs and researching different styles of baskets from different tribes. Most parts are made from kiln-dried hard maple shaped on a wood lathe. The coloring is done with Indian ink and a hot pen reproducing the dot marks on a real basket. In this labor-intensive art form, each piece takes several hours to complete; approximately 75 hours are required for a 12 inch basket.
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The County-City Exhibition Gallery is located on the first floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St., and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.