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Ken Carlson artist reception at Sheridan Library

The Friends of the Sheridan Library will host a reception for artist Ken Carlson of Twin Bridges on Thursday, March 22, 4:30pm at the Sheridan Library, where his Montana landscapes in oil are on exhibit through the month of March.

Self taught, and with no formal art education, Ken Carlson began his art career in 1974, and by the late 70s and early 80s, was showing his basketry in intricately braided copper or leather at, among others, the Philadelphia Museum of Art show, the Smithsonian show and the American Craft Council shows. His works are featured in the books, The Art of Basketry by Kari Lønning, Interlacing: the Elemental Fabric by Jack Lenor Larson and the Erie Art Museum's The Tactile Vessel: New Basket Forms; and one of his braided copper baskets is on permanent display at the White House.

In 1995, Carlson decided that he needed a major change, and both for creative and health reasons, returned to his first love, oil painting. His landscapes, featuring striking Montana waterways, vistas and byways, are shown at outdoor shows in such resorts as Aspen, Sun Valley and Jackson Hole, but as he has grown older, he prefers to go painting or fishing and to leave the selling to others.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sheridan Library at 842-5770.

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