The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 7, 2014

Paul Berger, Diana Lassen to exhibit at River Arts

The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Fort Collins, Colorado artist Paul Berger will be bringing his photography to be on display from June 8 through July 27 at the River Arts Center, 229 Fifth Ave. South. With Berger, who is formerly of Clinton, will be Diana Lassen, fiber artist, an long-time friend of his. An artists’ reception is planned for Friday evening, June 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Berger has been capturing images with a camera for over 35 years. Thanks to a wide range of mentors and hours of experimentation, his photographs display a unique blend of technical craft and artistic composition. His images show that even ordinary objects or scenes can appear extraordinary when the light is right. A pursuit of uncommon light and scenes makes Colorado an ideal base camp, where visual inspiration is always near.

Lassen was taught to knit by a friend in college and has since read books, taken classes and done online tutorials to learn new techniques. She began by knitting cable, intarsia and textured sweaters. Yarn in the1960s and 1970s was pretty basic with only four weights in cotton, acrylic and wool. In the 1990s, more yarns became available in this area. Travel offers her the chance to discover more yarns, and many indie dyers make yarns that she selects for color and texture. She then lets the yarn tell her what it wants to be.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment for tours and group meetings.