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Community Art Installation Workshop is Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2

Margaret Parker, "Wound"HANCOCK, MI -Artist Margaret Parker will conduct a free community art installation workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd, at Finlandia Hall, both days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Finlandia Hall is the Finlandia University residence hall on Summit Street, Hancock.

The drop-in community workshop will focus on constructing an archway with woven re-purposed t-shirts. The workshop is sponsored by the Finlandia Reflection Gallery and Campus Enrichment Committee.

To make this installation activity possible, t-shirts ... lots of t-shirts ...are needed, in any condition.

T-shirts may be dropped off by November 1 at Finlandia's Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan St., Hancock, or at Finlandia Hall the first day of the workshop, November 1.

The workshop is presented in conjunction with "Shirts and Skins," an installation by Margaret Parker at the Finlandia Reflection Gallery on display November 2 to November 27, 2011.

An opening reception for Parker will take place at the Reflection Gallery Thursday, November 3, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Parker's primary installation medium is the t-shirt, which she cuts, then weaves, to create her installation pieces.

Viewer participation is important to Parker's intent. She explains, "Once the viewer sees the piece is made from a T-shirt, they must figure out how it was taken apart. I'm very interested in that spatial reasoning because it pulls the viewer backwards into the creative process, making an image that reverberates in the memory."

The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia's Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan St., Hancock.

For information, contact Yueh-mei Cheng, professor of studio arts, at 906-487-7375 or e-mail FinlandiaReflectionGallery@gmail.com.