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Zombies welcome in Luverne gallery

This Annie O'Fallon original is a ceramic zombie woman feeding chickens. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)1 / 2
Lori Hallstrom, owner of HGS Gallery in downtown Luverne, stands next to ceramic zombies, paintings and prints done by seven regional artists. An open house is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe2 / 2

LUVERNE -- From zombies feeding beady little eyes to chickens to paintings, prints, sculptures and jewelry, the HGS (Hallstrom Glass Studio) Gallery in Luverne is featuring the works of seven regional artists during the month of May. The show kicks off with an opening reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight. The public is invited for free food and drink and social time with the artists.

Lori Hallstrom, owner of HGS Gallery, said the show includes a variety of new work by artists who participated in the gallery's 2012 Halloween show and fundraiser, which raised $850 from a silent auction to support the Fine Arts Council of Rock County's public art fund. Monies generated for the fund are dedicated to do outdoor art beautification projects.

"This is our way of thanking them for their time and their generous donation of art work," said Hallstrom. A silent auction is again planned for the Halloween show this year, with proceeds going to the Luverne Fire Department.

Among the artists featured at the gallery this month is Jerry Deuschle, a Luverne potter, featuring his newest collection in red, white and black pottery.

"This is a whole new design for him," said Hallstrom, adding that the colors and shapes are quite different from what Deuschle has done in the past.

Chris Francis, of Madison, S.D., has numerous mixed media pieces in the show, including a collection of local and regional animals and landscapes painted on wooden blocks.

Printmaker Chad Nelson is an art teacher at Brandon Valley High School and resident artist at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Nelson uses wood cuts or copper cuts and repeated printings to get the image he wants to portray.

"Chad's one that hides things in his work," Hallstrom said. "There's always a bit of meaning in what he does."

Annie O'fallon, a ceramics artist from Sioux Falls, has introduced her zombie collection -- a grandmother zombie counting sheep and another zombie feeding the chickens -- in addition to her "prettier side," which includes figural pieces such as meditation rattles.

"We don't have a lot of meditators in our neck of the woods, but I sell them more as musical rattles," Hallstrom said.

Kristin Peterson of Luverne uses bright colors in her mixed media work, while Sarah Snyders, of Sioux Falls, is a trained graphic designer with a "pretty good sense of humor."

As for Hallstrom, she will showcase her new jewelry line, the Journey collection.

"It's organic in nature, done by hand," she said. "(The pieces are) supposed to represent the journey through life. You only live once, so there's little messages hidden in the jewelry to kind of remind you to not take things too seriously or embrace things in your life if you're forgetting."

Hallstrom encourages the public to attend the opening tonight and see the area talent displayed through the art.

"Really, it's just kind of nice to come in and see the artwork, meet the artists that created the pieces," she said. "It's always kind of fun to meet them in person."

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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