'Tangled Roots Rising' ceramic sculptures on exhibit

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NEWFANE — The exhibition "Tangled Roots Rising," ceramic sculptures by Kathie Gatto-Gurney, will run Sept. 2 through 30 at the Crowell Gallery, Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane. The reception will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

These tangled branches and interwoven grotto-like clay sculptures, ranging from 1 to 4 feet high, were inspired by Gatto-Gurney's childhood moments spent in silence alongside Catholic statues.

Gatto-Gurney's work as a ceramic sculptor is influenced by her experience as a dancer. Her goal is to translate fluid motion into solid form, so that it bends and twists from all perspectives. She considers the positive and negative spaces and allows the intuitive process to guide her discoveries. Her process seeks to find the aliveness between something improvisational and something composed.

A short video of Gatto-Gurney's modern dance, her former means of expression, will be on view only at the reception on Sept. 7.

Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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