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Opening of kiln coincides with ARThouse event in New London, Minn.

NEW LONDON - People are invited to view the opening of Bill Gossman's kiln, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at his studio, located at 313 First Ave. S.E., in New London.

The event coincides with an artist reception that night for Sean Connaughty at the ARThouse, located a few blocks from Gossman's studio.

In late November, Connaughty, a Minneapolis-based multi-media artist, created a public art project onsite at ARThouse titled, "Winter Survival Pod." The outdoor sculpture is located on the front yard of ARThouse and will remain on public display throughout the winter. Public viewing is available during daylight hours or by appointment.

Constructed entirely from natural materials, "Winter Survival Pod" explores the artist's ongoing interests in public art, the environment and humanity.

An indoor meet and greet event will be held for Connaughty from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at ARThouse, located at 117 First Ave. N.E. in New London.

Connaughty is a past recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. He creates site-specific public art works regularly with upcoming projects scheduled this winter in Fon Du Lac and at the Walker Art Center. He earned his bachelor of fine arts in painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his master's at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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