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    700000 - Gallery @48 Natoma Exhibit

    700000 - Gallery @48 Natoma Exhibit

    Contact: Cindy Abraham, Gallery Director
    Folsom Parks & Recreation Department,
    Community and Cultural Services, (916) 355-7285

    Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, CA

    Art Exhibition: Through the Trees
    Fabric Art by Marjan Kluepfel, and glass sculptures by
    Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen

    January 22 - March 3, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm


    Hours are Monday through Friday from 9-5,
    With additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6-8pm.

    Whispering leaves seem like they could rustle in the wind, but are actually made of soft fabric. Fragile bird’s nests laid with paper-thin leaves and the most delicate egg shells, and rough tree bark showing time-worn rings show, upon closer inspection, to be unbelievably made of glass. These are the unexpected media used by the artists in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Artists Marjan Kluepfel will show her beautiful fiber art pieces and Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen will exhibit their incredible glass sculptures in “Through the Trees,” which opens January 22 and continues through March 10, 2016.

    Marjan Kluepfel is an artist who uses fabric and thread as her medium instead of paper and paint, and a sewing machine instead of a brush. “I very seldom draw out a quilt plan, but let the fabrics and textures determine my next step,” says the artist. As she works towards an idea she avoids any definite image of the completed piece, because the complex nature of fabric often reveals surprises that dictate unexpected changes of direction, allowing the texture, color and prints of fabrics to give her inspiration for a new design. Most of her designs are organic. They are influenced by her love of nature and all its wonders. In this series of trees, birds and leaves, unique embellishments and stitching enhance the work. “The texture of the fabrics is an important design element to me and in my work I use many different surface design techniques such as fabric dyeing, painting, printing, pleating and machine quilting and embroidery.” Marjan Kluepfel was born in the Netherlands. After living in Florida, Hawaii, Australia and South Carolina, she now makes her home in Davis, CA. Her work has been juried into many shows and she teaches her fabric art both nationally and internationally.

    Demetra Theofanous entered the medium of glass through the art of lampworking, creating glass beads as a hobby. She quickly realized her ideas needed to be translated on a larger scale, and transitioned from making beads to creating glass sculpture on the torch. After a brief internship in borosilicate glass coupled with time as Dean Bensen’s assistant, she spent hours experimenting until she developed the techniques needed to create her nests, flowers, and branches. “My signature is a technique I developed for weaving glass, which
    allows me to create large scale sculptures by melting glass in the flame at a table top torch. Technique merges with narratives in my work, to express metaphorical bridges between nature and human beings,” says Theofanous. “Through the delicate nests, flowers, branches, and leaves in each piece, I seek to depict the cycle of life: growth, discovery, change and renewal. I use the fluidity and fragility of glass to express the beauty and vulnerability inherent in the human experience.” Demetra has been internationally recognized for her woven glass and flora sculptures, and is included in numerous private and museum collections. Demetra operates a private studio in San Francisco, CA where she continues to develop her signature work. She is also an educator, teaching extensively at top educational institutions such as Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, and Pittsburgh Glass Center and is President of the Board, for the Glass Alliance of Northern California.

    Dean Bensen found meaning in glass when his love for nature, intersected with his passion for the arts. In his latest body of work, Dean builds upon the concept of his early glass tree sculptures, and expands beyond the boundaries of environmental awareness and beauty. His redwood trees, created in both clear glass and in color, marked the beginning of his signature body of work. Focusing initially on environmental concerns, his concepts have continued to grow and evolve. More recently, Dean’s work goes further, in investigating the life cycles in nature, their significance, and the interplay between the earth and various species. His murrine pieces are the center point of this series. Each slice of murrine serves to highlight one of nature’s footprints, marking the passage of time and a glimpse of history, the rings of life in a felled tree. “Over time, what was once a simple love of nature has now matured into an idea that has a story to be told,” states Bensen. He has taught at San Jose State University, Palo Alto High School, Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), and Public Glass. He has attended Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, and was a teaching assistant at Corning in New York. Dean’s work has been juried into numerous museum exhibitions, such as the San Francisco Airport Museums, Alexandria Museum of Art (Louisiana), Oakland Museum of California, and the Oakland Airport. Dean’s work is also held nationally, in many private collections.

    In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, a fitting exhibit of amazing local bird and nature photography from 18 members of FolPho Photographers will be on display from January 14 to March 3, 2016.

    The public is invited to celebrate both exhibits at the free opening reception on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00, with refreshments, wine and live harp music by Judy Phillips.

    The Gallery at 48 Natoma is located at 48 Natoma Street in the Folsom Civic Center next to City Hall and is managed by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department. The gallery showcases art by regional and national professional artists, area museum collections and traveling exhibitions; offering high quality original art exhibits to the community that may otherwise not be experienced in this area.

    The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9-5, with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Free tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Cindy Abraham, (916) 355-7285, or cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

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