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September 5, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Artist of the Week: By Hand Gallery’s 35th Birthday

By Hand bdayBy Hand Gallery will be celebrating its 35 birthday this September . Founded in 1979 by seven area artists, two of whom, Lee Cohn and Suzanne Halvorson, are still members, By Hand is a cooperative venture, artist-owned and operated. Conceived as a showcase for work by professional artists and craftspersons either living in, or associated with, the Bloomington area, the gallery has, over the years, had a varying number of executive members who currently number 11. By Hand also sells textiles, prints, furniture, and other works by around 70 non-member artists. Members are Lee Cohn, Jack and Joey Forney and Marilyn Greenwood jewelers. Ruth Conway,James Halvorson and Walt Schmidt potters. Carolynne Gierny, Suzanne Halvorson and Linda Knudsen fiber artists and Lance and Vicki Munn and Tim Shown woodworkers. And…Mayor Kruzan has declared today By Hand Gallery Day, in recognition of their 35th anniversary! Gallery Show: September 5th – October 1st. Steve Rapp’s ‘Boxes’.  Wooden boxes encrusted with minerals, fossils and artifacts from sea life. Gallery celebration: September 5th. 5 – 8 pm.   By Hand Gallery’s 35th Birthday party. Thirty-five Years of Creativity from By Hand members and  their friends.  Arts and crafts by members and friends of By Hand will be displayed with refreshments and music provided by the younger  generation of By Hand members.

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