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'Art-rageous Earth Day' will be revisited
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The Gays Mills Arts Collective has announced that the Earth Day gallery presentations will be repeated on Friday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gays Mills Arts Collective Gallery at In the Gays Mills Mercantile Center.

The Kickapoo Earth Day in Gays Mills on April 20 offered a full schedule of speakers, activities and music. In collaboration with the new Gays Mills Arts Collective, this year's event also featured the opening of an Earth Day art exhibition, which will continue showing in the gallery through Memorial Day at the end of May.

Arts collective member Alvin Felch has a significant installation in the exhibition, and did a presentation of the art with song, spoken word, and dance. Local playwright and actor Dennis Kern interpreted a reading from Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac, while local resident Roger Time offered his unique concert of ambient sound. These presentations will be offered to the public again on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Gays Mills Arts Collective Gallery located at 120 Sunset Ridge, in the Mercantile Center across the highway from the new Community Commerce Center.

“People who attended the presentation during Earth Day requested another showing so that others would have an opportunity to see it,” said Gays Mills Arts Collective treasurer Lila Marmel.

The presentation includes time at the end for conversations with the audience.

Titled, ‘Environmental Integrity and the Imagination,’ the art presentation offers an experience in the realm of the imagination. Art in the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures that when taken together, speak to our relationship with nature and each other, and make a severe cultural critique. Impressive works by local artists capture nature's beauty, and several artists convey points of view about nature and the earth.  Member artists with work in the exhibition include Alvin Felch, Chela Mertz, Christine Myhr, Rick Kriebel, Luke Russell, Linda Kenzle, Kathy Shepherd, Perry Nesbitt, Kilsa Dremsa, Jeff Adams, Ken Anderson, Marlene Meyer, Michael Riddet, and Joe Schwarte.

Nonmember artists from the community who have work in the show include John Craig, Elin Haessly, Sandra Berger, Dawn Bernard, Colleen Carroll, Gary Eldred, Joelle Houze, Daniel Knotke, Mike Koppa, and Ken and Michelle Workowski.

The Gays Mills Arts Collective Gallery's regular open hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. It will also be open on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. The telephone number at the gallery is 608-735-4321.