Special exhibit features insects in art

By: Staff report
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The Martha Riley Community Library has been invaded by insects. There’s nothing to fear, though. It’s a special exhibit of insects as seen through the eyes of local artists. The art was selected to compliment the library’s Summer Children’s Book Club theme of “Catch the Reading Bug.” The “Insects in Art” exhibit features work by photographer John Johnson, mixed media collages by Halina Domanski and paintings by Suzanne Goodwin, a self-described “romantic at heart” whose paintings capture nostalgic slices of life that tell a story. In addition, Michael Feinberg’s clear, intense representational watercolors incorporate gouache, acrylics, pencils and paper collages. Norm Naes’ photographs capture the essence of the spirit of nature on planet earth. Diane Ruhkala Bell incorporates printed papers into collage and assemblage pieces, a playful process that results in expressive, textured works of unique art. Marsha Rafter creates clay and shattered glass mosaics over a collage of materials, expressing her love of color, texture and light. Marge Rosenburg records the natural world using multiple mediums, and Dianne Wittman-Punteri’s “dream work” tells a Native American story that brings a message of peace to all people from Mother Earth to Father Sky. The “Insects in Art” exhibit was organized by PlacerArts in cooperation with the city of Roseville, and is open through Aug. 22 at the Martha Riley Community Library, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday. Works exhibited are for sale. For information, contact Judi Nicholson at PlacerArts’ Roseville Community office 780-2787, e-mail or Joan Goff at the Martha Riley Library at 746-1599, e-mail