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Local artist reflects on two decades' work

Visit to the River Falls Public Library gallery to see "Flora, Fauna and Fantasy," a retrospective show by Jolanda Stammler featuring 20 years of creativity from Thursday, July 17, through Saturday, Aug. 16.

Diversity best describes her work, Stammler said: Many media but one common theme of nature, represented in glass, acrylic and pen and ink drawings, lino-cut and wood block prints, intaglio etchings, handmade paper sculptures and dolls.

Her glasswork includes some non-traditional stained glass pieces, as well as fused and slumped glass.

Stammler describes her painting style as "illustrative," meaning that the people, plants and animals she creates are all recognizably representational, if not entirely realistic.

Born in Linz, Austria, Stammler has lived in Iowa and Minnesota, and now makes her home in rural River Falls, where she has a new studio and an old barn.

Her first career as an environmental technician came to an abrupt end when her car was struck by a drunk driver. Stammler's injuries forced her to give up that job, and she came to UW-River Falls as a non-traditional (older) student in broad area art.

After graduating, she transformed the pole shed on her farm into a studio and took up being a full-time artist.

Meet the artist at the opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19. There is no charge for admission.

Call Katie Chaffee at 425-0905 for more information.