TAP Welcomes Paper Artist Kirsten Christianson to TAP Lobby Gallery

Kirsten Christianson is the guest artist at Third Avenue Playhouse’s Lobby Gallery from Feb. 8 – March 13.

Christianson has been a studio artist for the past 30 years. Her work has an environmental theme, expressed in natural materials combined with handmade paper. She has a small business, Telemark Papers in Algoma, where she lives.

She explored handmade paper first on her own and then by taking workshops and interning at Dieu Donné Press in New York City. Her work can be seen in public collections around the country, and is represented by Woodwalk Gallery in Door County. She is also an educator and does residencies in public and private schools throughout the state. She studied fine art at UW-Milwaukee, received her master’s degree in Fine Arts in sculpture, and has taught at the college level.

Kirsten Christianson at work in her studio. Photo by Len Villano.

She lives along Lake Michigan and her work is reflective of this. She loves to work sculpturally with handmade paper, branches and driftwood to create freestanding art. She also loves to create small paper pieces with ferns and pressed plants embedded into the paper.

In her words, “I am a papermaker because I love pulling a sheet of paper out of a vat of paper pulp. This sheet of paper can open the doors to so many possibilities. Handmade paper can be cast and molded and shaped to take the form like many of the things I see in Nature – pods and stones, tree branches and leaves…. Making paper is a wealth of exploring and experimenting.”

TAP Lobby Gallery is located at 234 N Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Hours are noon to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday. For more information call 920.743.1760.

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