We are all so different, yet we are all the same. While the great "American Melting Pot" has blurred some of the differences, one factor that traditionally distinguished individuals within the broader community was ethnic background. And while ethnicity lends its particular imprint, one thing that draws people of all cultures together is their art. That in itself is something to celebrate.
The current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, entitled "Art of the People" celebrates both the differences and similarities found in ethnically influenced art forms. Bold Chinese brushwork calligraphy is seen alongside delicate lettering typical of Norwegian rosemaling; expressive native American kachina dolls dance alongside mute Guatemalan worry dolls; fine, hand-painted Swedish glassware is contrasted with robust Italian Murano glass. Weaving, painting, printmaking and sculpture are a few of the other art forms featured in this richly-varied exhibit which encourages thoughtful observers to see and appreciate cultural influences in their everyday environment.
"Art of the People" will be on display through the end of March. The Carnegie Cultural Center is open Thursdays 12 - 6, Saturdays 10 - 4, Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit the website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
Photo: L-R: "Purebreds" all, German, Inge Ott, Filipina, Fely Steffen, and Norwegian, Hazel
Hereid, display art forms that are representative of their ethnic traditions.