past exhibitions

Lena McGrath Welker
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August 19 - October 24, 2004

Welker comes from Oregon. Her work grew out of her early years as a weaver. She makes densely layered installations about language both written and musical. She is interested in how communication takes place without either words or musical notations. According to Museum Director, Laurel Reuter, "this was as beautiful an exhibition as the Museum has ever mounted, demonstrating that there is a place in contemporary art for beauty."

Welker is the consummate craftsperson. She spins thread from silk. She creates dry points but instead of putting them through the press and printing them on paper, she casts them in plaster. She hand stitches books. Ultimately she created an atmosphere of quiet reflection.