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Exhibit at arts council has ‘Design on Machine’


Clay, metal and paint will give rise to the machines next week at an exhibit at Arts on the Square.

“Transmission: Design on Machine” opens next Friday at the headquarters of the North Country Arts Council, 52 Public Square.

“I wanted to collaborate with other artists whom I admire,” said show creator and former arts council president Kari S. Robertson. The clay artist, a former arts educator, works from her studio, Mudpi Pottery, in Rutland Center.

“I also wanted to present something that was unique, to my knowledge, in what has been done in the area,” she said. “I thought combining these different media would be a neat way to do it.”

The other artists in the exhibit are Chris Miller, a metal sculptor from Lowville, and Mary Ellen Kalil Shevalier, a painter from Henderson. Each artist will have about 10 pieces in the exhibit.

The clay, metal and paint works, Mrs. Robertson said, will have themes of machinery.

“But it has a lot of different ways it can be interpreted,” she said.

Mr. Miller’s works, moving metal sculptures, are on permanent display in many north country locations, including the library at St. Lawrence University, Canton, and the North Country Children’s Clinic and the Foster atrium at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, as well as abroad.

Mrs. Kalil Shevalier is an educational consultant whose work as a muralist and custom designer of monuments can be found in Central and Northern New York. The former art teacher who retired last June from South Jefferson Central School District has promoted arts education at the local, national and international level and is co-author of “World Class, the Re-Education of America.”

Mrs. Kalil Shevalier said she focused on the human machine element for her pieces in the exhibit.

“The human machine’s perfection remains to me a mystery — a divine mystery,” she said.

Mr. Miller said his metal sculptures are all “kinetic” with moving objects.

“My major impetus is the exploration of the inner relationships of elements as they relate to one another,” he said. “It’s sort of an investigation into chaos theory. They’re all independent but they’re all inner-related.”

The exhibit will run through June 28.

The public is invited to view the work and talk to the artists during the 6 to 9 p.m. opening reception May 10. Food and drinks will be provided. Music will be by acoustic guitarist John Zelson of Marathon. He has a music/physics degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and is a technology adviser for AmeriCorps.

For more information on the North Country Arts Council, contact President Mike Miller at or 777-4383.

The details
WHAT: Opening reception for “Transmission: Design on Machine” exhibit at the North Country Arts Council, 52 Public Square
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. May 10
FEATURING: Artists Kari Robertson, Chris Miller and Mary Ellen Kalil Shevalier
OF NOTE: The exhibit runs through June 28 at the arts council
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