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Creating through collage

By Staff | Aug 15, 2014

Marilyn Niewoehner stands with “Through My Window”, one of five pieces she made.

Marilyn Niewoehner was looking for a new challenge, so she took Terry Jelsing’s collage and photo montage class this summer.

Niewoehner was one of seven women who participated and explored themes of family, landscape, interior space and comedy. Their works were displayed during the Village Fair, Aug. 9-10, on the upper floor of the Silva School at Prairie Village Museum.

“It was fun and it was challenging,” Niewoehner said. “(Jelsing’s) no sluff. He made us all think outside the box and whatever limits I may have.”

Niewoehner created five pieces of art including a photo montage piece titled “Through My Window.”

“When I got the landscape done, it needed a pop. I?thought the landscape doesn’t need anything, but the paper did.”

So she added frames on top of the previously placed magazine pieces.

“The goal was just to introduce people to something other than painting and drawing,” Jelsing said. “There’s art material around you all the time, you just need to find a way to use it.”

The class also included Kathy Blessum, Sheila Craun, Rita Graber, Deb Hoffert, Erica Hoffert and Rita Sveet.

“Everybody’s personality came through in the their artwork,” Graber said.

The group especially enjoyed working in the open space of the Silva School with plenty of natural light.

“There is an interest in Rugby for exhibit space,” Jesling said.

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