Mother and Child Reunion

"Mother and Child Reunion" by Kierston Ghaznavi. Made with pen, marker, cardstock, glue, metal brads and twine.

RACINE — “From Nature: Contemporary Artists and Organic Materials” at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., has recently been transformed with new works exchanged for those that had been on display for about three months.

Open through Oct. 6, “From Nature” features primarily objects — sculptural, functional and wearable — that incorporate items from the natural world as a means to explore materials and a way to investigate a variety of social, personal, environmental and cultural issues.

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Because artworks made from natural materials — like plant and tree matter, feathers, and sturgeon skin — need a break from gallery lighting after approximately three months, more than half of the works in “From Nature” have been replaced. For example, Dorothy Gill Barnes’ compelling altered willow tree sculpture has been switched out for Clifton Monteith’s willow stick armchair and a table made of maple and Australian eucalyptus burls.

The Racine Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 youth ages 12-18, full-time students and seniors age 62 and older. There is no charge for ages 11 and younger.

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