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Delicate and delightful, mixed-media exhibit beckons gallery patrons


A large gallery crowd gathers to listen to the artist’s talk.
A large gallery crowd gathers to listen to the artist’s talk.
Backdropped by one of her hand-cut creations, Nguyen shares her process.
Backdropped by one of her hand-cut creations, Nguyen shares her process.
Peeking from behind the main work, the shadow of a mythological, horned jackrabbit delights on teal-colored paper.
Peeking from behind the main work, the shadow of a mythological, horned jackrabbit delights on teal-colored paper.
Hand-cut “ginkgo leaves” spill out from the base of one of the artist’s lace-like works.
Hand-cut “ginkgo leaves” spill out from the base of one of the artist’s lace-like works.
The exhibit title on gallery glass invites artistic exploration.
The exhibit title on gallery glass invites artistic exploration.

Exquisite, intricate beauty greeted a large crowd of college and community members on Thursday evening at the reception for the first exhibit of 2020 in The Gallery at Penn College. “Gathering the Names,” showcasing work by Missouri artist Sarah Nguyen, offers a delicate dance of hand-cut compositions playing with light and shadow, memory and myth, fable and folklore. Nguyen delivered a talk, sharing her inspirations from Japanese scroll art to French cave paintings, detailing her techniques and answering questions from curious gallery guests. “Gathering the Names” is on display through Feb. 28. The gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, is open from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

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