Sculptor opens exhibit in Plymouth


The Bruce A. Niemi collection includes pieces of various sizes made of various materials. — Review photo by Abby Lynn Harvey The Bruce A. Niemi collection includes pieces of various sizes made of various materials. — Review photo by Abby Lynn Harvey An impressive new exhibit fills the Gallery of the Plymouth Arts Center with graceful stainless steel, bronze and mixed media sculptures by a second generation artist based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Entitled, Then and Now…A Journey in Sculpture, Bruce A. Niemi presents a gleaming retrospective of his 41 year career. Not to be missed, this exhibit opens on Friday, April 5th and runs through May 31st.

Soaring and dancing in place, Niemi sculptures are characterized by an uplifting positive nature. Bruce states, “My faith in God, the power and beauty of nature and the energy and balance of dance are my inspiration. It would be safe to say if you studied my art you would know my heart.” Niemi’s father, Frank J. Niemi, was an ornamental iron artist and selftaught sculptor. His father was a major influence on Bruce’s style and the craftsmanship that goes into a Niemi sculpture. Trained at his father’s side from 1968-1974, Bruce went on to receive a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Illinois University. His pieces are sought for Public Art locations across the country. One such sculpture is the 17’7” high memorial, Remembered, on the campus of NIU in DeKalb, IL. Highly collectible, Niemi works are also found in numerous private collections and in green spaces of planned residential developments.

The public is invited to meet the Artist at the Opening Reception on Friday, April 5th from 5-8 PM at the Plymouth Arts Center, in historic downtown Plymouth, Wisconsin. The presenting sponsors for this exhibit are Franz Backus and Gail Kursel.

Live musical entertainment will be presented by Robert Herrmann, piano, Iona Herrmann and Pearl Fischer, clarinet, 5:30-6:30 pm; and by Thomas Pibal, piano, from 6:30-7:30.

Gallery hours are Tuesday- Saturday, Noon-4 PM and Sunday, 1-4 PM. Admission is always free. The Public is also invited to visit the Plymouth Arts Center Gift Shop featuring fine art gifts made by our members. For more information contact The Plymouth Arts Center, 920-892-8409 or visit us at www.plymoutharts.org.


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