Marietta Papenthien of Platteville is the featured artist exhibiting at Wisconsin Bank and Trust in March.
Papenthien has been a resident of Platteville for more than 40 years. She worked at The Platteville Journal for 28 years and for the Shopping News for 10 years. She and her husband raised two children, and she helped her husband at Spurgeon’s Department Store, where he was the store manager. Even though she is now “retired”, she has worked at Rountree Gallery for the past eight years.
Papenthien has always been interested in crafts of many kinds, but about seven years ago she discovered Paper Tole or 3D decoupage. She was very impressed with this three-dimensional art form. Each year the Rountree Gallery has had an exhibit, Friends of Our Gallery, and she has displayed some of her art work during this show. This provided an opportunity to let people experience this unusual form of art.
In addition to the 3D art, Papenthien has an avid interest in card making. This interest began when she met Carol Getman, owner of Oh So Much Fun in Mineral Point, during a class that Getman taught at Rountree Gallery. Iris, Triore and Tea Bag folding are techniques that she uses in the creation of her cards.