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Alex ArtWorks holds August's Third Thursday's Art Show

Bill Seykora uses native woods to create hand-crafted items.1 / 5
Phyliss Joos works with textured plates and meshing in printmaking to produce her work.2 / 5
Steve Henning has made a full-time career of creating original paintings and oil pastels.3 / 5
Jewett Benson combines watercolor and liquid acrylics to create Central Minnesota landscapes.4 / 5
Della Conroy paints scenes depicting the beauty she finds in Western Minnesota.5 / 5

Alex ArtWorks Third Thursday's Art Show will be held Thursday, August 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Depot Express Restaurant in Alexandria.

This month's selected artists are Jewett Benson, Della Conroy, Steve Henning, Phyliss Joos and Bill Seykora. They will have their art on display until next month's event. All art exhibited is for sale, and a cash bar will be available.

A musician by training, Conroy built a collection of work that reflects her interest in the beauty found in Western Minnesota. She paints scenes depicting the grasses, trees, rivers and lakes found in that area. She often works in series and specializes in watercolor and pastel landscapes, acrylic and oil abstracts and watercolor on yupo paper.

Seykora is a self-taught wood turner, starting in 1998, and pursuing a long-time fascination with wood and the lathe. He turns most native woods such as elm, ash, box-elder, walnut, oak, butternut, maple, cherry and birch. For bottle stoppers and knife handles, he adds several types of African wood.

Combining traditional watercolor and liquid acrylics, Benson's landscapes reflect the rural and lake setting of central Minnesota. His recent works are impressionistic landscape and still life oil paintings on canvas and experimental portraits and graphic images melding computer graphics with traditional painting and drawing methods.

Born and raised in Hancock, Joos enrolled in studio art courses at the University of Minnesota, Morris and later, as an adult, sought an emphasis on printmaking. She believes printmaking to be a mesmerizing art form that requires adherence to process and yet allows avenues for creativity. "I love working with highly textured plates, and meshing that with other printmaking techniques will hopefully produce visual expressions of my multilayered life," she said.

Henning was an award-winning graphic designer, art director and marketing consultant in Minneapolis for almost 20 years before taking up his paint brush on a full-time basis in 1995. He also founded the Evansville Arts Coalition. By 2001, he had established a line of fine art reproductions that sold in more than 300 galleries across 15 states. His original paintings and oil pastels hang in homes and businesses in all 50 states and Canada.

For more information, e-mail or call (320) 815-6511.