posted January 7, 2010

Exhibit to Feature Work of Jennifer Falck Linssen

The exhibition "Captured Light: The Contemporary Katagami Works of Jennifer Falck Linssen" will be featured in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College from Friday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Feb. 12.

There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to both the reception and the exhibition.  Admission is free.

Linssen is a classically trained fine artist who has been designing and creating art for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years, Linssen has chosen to focus on textiles and sculptural vessels. She works full time in her studio in Boulder, Colo.

Living and traveling in other cultures and the technical influences of Linssen's early design career have helped shape her recent work. Linssen's artwork reflects upon the refinement and harmony of fine Japanese craft, the elegance and beauty of European textile traditions, and the form and texture of American and African art.

Her "katagami baskets" are a marriage of basketry traditions and classical forms with pictorial katagami-style hand carved stencils in paper and metal. A fusion of metaphorical imagery and form articulate not only ideas about containment, but also the ability to conceptualize emotions and reference a certain frame of mind or moment in time.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.