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Artists pleased with reception
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It was a busy day for the artists of the Gays Mills Arts Collective, hosting the reception for their second show in Gays Mills Mercantile Center last Saturday, Feb. 2.

A steady flow of art lovers and patrons strolled the gallery, sipping wine, eating finger foods and chatting with the artists whose work was on display.

The show themed ‘To and From the Heart’ will remain on display throughout the month, ending on March 3. The event also featured a Valentine-making station in the ‘Annex’ space that will again be open to any and all from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9, as well.

Local artist Chela Mertz hung the show with help from fellow artists Kenneth Anderson and Marlene Meyer, and partner in life and art Christine Peterson.

The show features work from members Mertz, Anderson, and Meyer as well as Kilsa Dremsa, Joseph Schwarte, Alvin Felch, Kathy Shepherd, Jesse Hall, Rick Kriebel, Christine Myhr, Jeff Adams, and Luke Russell. In addition, pieces are included in the show by community members Robert Smith, Alyce Salmon, Candis Murphy, Linda Kenzle, Joelle Houze, and Sandra Berger.

Future plans for the Gays Mills Arts Collective include a show of member artists’ work in March and an Earth Day event and exhibition in April.

Open hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment or chance. Please call the Gallery to confirm open hours if you are traveling from a distance. The Gays Mills Mercantile Center is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call the Gays Mills Arts Collective at 608-735-4321 or online at The Arts Collective is located at 120 Sunset Ridge on the north end of Gays Mills.