The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 29, 2012

Art reunion: GSR Fine Art Festival has come a long way



Adama Sow creates colorful pottery that recall his West African roots. Natasha Poppe creates highly idiosyncratic ceramic sculpture and pottery that are at once whimsical and worldly.

Dick Graves is a watercolor painter known for rich, eye-popping hues while Daniel Hedblom creates intensely vibrant copper wall art.

There are bead and glass artists, fiber artists, a selection of photographers and eight jewelers. Live music will also be offered throughout the three-day event.

And best of all, Conlin and VanDeZande agreed, the festival still feels like a reunion.

“We really have grown to be a close-knit group,” VanDeZande said. “This is just a time for us to be joyful together.”

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