Spirituality, nature influence Margret Hesler Hynes’ ceramics at Kortman

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Margret Hesler Hynes’ career as an artist has centered around material from the earth. Her hand-modeled artworks, inspired by the notion of containment and spirituality in exceptional ceramic sculptures,will go on exhibit Friday, April 11, in the Kortman Gallery at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. The exhibition, titled “Creatures Formed in Earth,” will be the featured exhibition for Spring ArtScene in the Kortman Gallery.

Hynes has created unconventional “totems” with her clay figures that could be displayed both indoors and outside, adding a fresh look to contemporary works of art influenced by ancient, non-Western cultures.

Nature, specifically animals, have inspired my forms,” said Hynes. “Many geographic areas throughout the world and through antiquity have made use of jars and bottles as symbolic containers. I have borrowed from several cultures the idea of creating totems which are emblems of community in which organic images, such as animals, add to a sense of a universal and mythical past.”

Hynes is recently retired from her career as an art teacher for the Rockford Public Schools. She has been creating and exhibiting her ceramic art work for more than a generation.

The opening receptions for Margret Hesler Hynes’ Kortman Gallery exhibition will be from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 11, and 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 12. DJ DAS will be spinning cool music to add to the Spring ArtScene festivities for the Friday opening. The art show will run through May 31.

For more information, call (815) 968-0123 or visit jrkortman.com.

Posted April 9, 2014

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