Friday, May. 3, 2013 12:00 am

For the past 30 years Lorna Bieber has employed stock photography as the raw material of her art. Through the images she creates, she hopes to open viewers' minds to the deeper meaning that can be pulled from seemingly generic imagery. Starting May 17, "From a Distance: The Art of Lorna Bieber" will be on display in the Faulconer Gallery.
Lorna Bieber received her B.F.A. degree from Kent State University. She became interested in photography while working at Newsweek to supplement her passion for painting. Having access to a copy machine and unlimited discarded magazine images, Bieber began altering those photos to create collages, montages and murals that evoked more meaning than the lone images could on their own. "By altering the 'root' picture in these ways," says Bieber, "I can create new 'branches' whose narratives are utterly different from the original, bringing the observer to see the world in dramatically unexpected ways."
Faulconer Gallery will host the following public events during the "From a Distance" exhibition:• Thursdays, May 23 – September 5, 12:15 p.m.: Yoga in the gallery with Monica St. Angelo for beginners and experienced practitioners. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.
• Wednesdays, June 5, July 24 and July 31, 1:30 p.m.: Spend time in the gallery drawing from the works on view. Stools, drawing supplies and feedback from Tilly Woodward, outreach curator, will be provided. Open to children and adults.
• Tues., July 30, 5 p.m.: Artworks created by students in Davis Stars, Galaxy, Montezuma and Brooklyn summer programs will be installed in the Faulconer Gallery next to works from "From a Distance." Viewing open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
• Mon., June 10 – Friday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.: Free hands-on art activities for kids and families in area parks. Enjoy ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, truck glittering, sculpture and more. For more information, contact Tilly Woodward at 641-269-4663 or
• Fri., Aug. 30, 4:15 p.m.: Artist Lorna Bieber will talk about her work and current exhibition in the Faulconer Gallery.
• Fri., Aug. 30, 5:15 p.m.: Celebrate the work of Lorna Bieber and welcome students back to campus. Refreshments will be served.
"From a Distance" is open through September 8. Regular gallery hours are Tues. through Sun., noon to 5 p.m.; open Thurs. and Fri. noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. On May 21 the gallery will switch to summer hours, Tues. through Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faulconer Gallery is located in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at 1108 Park St.
For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit
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