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MCC Fine Arts Gallery to Feature Karri Dieken

FLINT — The Mott Community College (MCC) Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of work by South Dakota artist Karri Dieken titled Nothings. Her work will be in the gallery from Feb. 23 through March 10.

In addition, Dieken will give a public presentation about her work on Feb. 23 at noon in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 129.

These events are made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust.

Karri A. Dieken grew up in the badlands region of the Midwest, inspired by heritage, craft and the hand-made. She earned an MFA from Washington State University in 2010, and a BSED in Art from Black Hills State University in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Valley City State University, where she teaches Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and Art History. She continues to participate in various print exchanges and fiber based installations exploring the narrative of the nuclear family and various cultural patterns within the Midwest. As a performance artist, she is interested in fibers and polymers as mediums for documenting perceived moments in time.

Since 2007, her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, New Zealand, and Germany. She has been included in exhibits at the Museum of Art WSU, Boise Art Museum, Essex Art Center and the South Dakota State Museum of Art. A selection of her prints has been acquisitioned into the permanent museum collections at the Museum of Art WSU, Boise Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Missoula Art Museum.

The MCC Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The public is invited. Details: Call 810-762-0443. — G.G.

International Women’s Day Celebration March 8

FLINT — The International Women’s Day Celebration is a multimedia event including art, music, video, spoken word and area speakers on March 8, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint, 2474 S. Ballenger Highway. The event is from 6-8 p.m.

Speakers to include: Honorable Judge David Newblatt, initiation of Michigan’s first “Girl’s Court;” Shelley Spivack-GVRC; Girl’s Writing Project with inclusion of spoken word presentation;

Bobbie Walton, UN initiated International Bill of Rights for Women; Amy Rouleau, Director of Restoration Place.

Art work by Kate Kirkpatrick and Sally Thielen to be exhibited. IWD is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint and the Zonta Club of Flint. The theme of the event is “Make it Happen.” Refreshments to be provided by Zonta Club of Flint.

The event is free and open to the public. Details: Call 810-232-4023. — G.G.

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