Art exhibit to open Saturday

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The public is invited to attend an art exhibit opening, "Forms from the Contemporary Ancient," hosted by the Margaret Harwell Art Museum from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday. Featuring the sculptural works of fiber artists Leandra Spangler and Carol Zeman, attendees are welcome to enjoy refreshments as they meet the artists to discuss their work.

Carol Zeman, a retired graphic designer residing in Osage Beach, Mo., creates sculptural fiber pieces using petiole armatures and specialty handmade paper. Her works are very organic and airy, ranging from free-form basketry to nature-inspired vessels and collages, according to MHAM staff.

"The forms, each coupled with poetic statement, speak my mind, sculpture, nature collages, non-traditional baskets, vessels, illuminaries and wall pieces," Zeman said in her artist's statement.

Hailing from Columbia, Mo., Leandra Spangler makes sculptures that are handmade from the inside out - she weaves or lashes natural materials as armatures, then overlays sturdy paper handmade paper made from denim. Into this "skin", she layers paint and imprints natural objects to create textures onto sturdy forms which seem to defy their light weight.

More information about this exhibit and the museum can be found online at or on Facebook, keyword search "Margaret Harwell Art Museum".

Financial assistance for this program has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is physically-impaired accessible.

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