‘basketBALL and BIRDnest Sculpture’ @ Patio Gallery

Through July 24

Patio Gallery
Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane • 459-0660

Artist Dennis Shaffner takes a natural approach in his latest installation of more than 50 sculptures. With woven homegrown vines — honeysuckle and aekbia — as well as rattan, Shaffner’s embellished hemispherical and spherical creations draw on traditional Japanese basketry and celestial inspiration, hanging midair and on more terrestrial gallery surfaces. “We’re very excited to have Dennis exhibit,” says curator Bette Levy. “He represents a very different sensibility than our other shows have: contemplative, reflective, lyrical and at the same time, full of warmth and whimsy.” Adds Shaffner: “I feel Kentucky craft has evolved onto the world stage in a level playing field we still try to peg as American craft.” —Eve Lee

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