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A piece by Karla Lauden. Submitted image

Artist to share works inspired by New York Mills; reception is Thursday

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The public is invited to an artist reception for Karla Lauden on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

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Lauden will share her sketchbook and images created during her stay in NY Mills. Visitors will be able to see - and possibly identify - people and places she has seen around town.   

Lauden lives in Neenah, Wis., with her husband and furry family of three. A Wisconsin native, she was born in 1969 in New Lisbon. She received her bachelor in fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and her master's degree in fine arts from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Lauden's work can be found in private and public collections and exhibits nationally. Currently she is working with a previous NY Mills resident, Mary Bergs, on a collaborative exchange. 

During her stay in NY Mills, Lauden has explored the "sights and sounds" of the area. Much like a magpie, she collects random images from magazines, personal photographs, and prints, and works with mixed media such as conte, charcoal and acrylic on paper. Her work could be called conceptual mind landscapes: images that explore her conscious and subconscious experiences. 

Lately, she has been exploring the concept of 'remission.' In May 2012, her brother was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia), and currently, is in remission. He has been her sole/soul inspiration for the past few months. Lauden has dedicated her residency to her brother, Kurt, and to everyone who has been "in remission." 

To see more of Lauden's work, visit http://karlalauden.com/home.html.

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