The works of Cassie Kite will be featured at Stalder Gallery at the Falls City, Neb., Library and Arts Center.

An art show that will hang in the Stalder Gallery of the Falls City (NE) Library and Arts Center is creating quite a buzz in local and national art scenes.

Area residents will have the opportunity to see — and hear—the works, created by rising star Cassia Kite, when the Florida-based artist opens her solo show in the gallery located at 15th and Stone Streets. The opening reception and gallery talk are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

Kite will be the featured speaker that evening, discussing her hand-stitched works that are based primarily on her upbringing in Auburn, Neb. Kite grew up in the country, and routinely visited her grandparents in a home that has been in her family for five generations. Memories from her childhood comprise a large part of her work.

In a medium that she calls “soundstitching,” Kite has embroidered detailed works of art, and has appointed notes on the music scale to the colors that she used. At her shows, a musician transforms the colors into notes, composing beautiful musical interpretations.

Kenneth Be’, a virtuoso on the lute, will be the performance artist at the exhibition.

Be’ currently serves as the paintings conservator at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha. He has performed on the lute nationwide.

Kite, the featured speaker, studied at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and sculpture, and a Bachelor of Science degree in art education. She completed her Masters of Education degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Florida in 2010. Kite is currently the visual arts instructor in the fine arts program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The gallery opening in Falls City, which is free and open to the public, promises to be an exciting evening of culture and art, mixed with music. Kite’s work will then hang in the gallery through July 31.

The gallery will be open during library hours, which are posted on the website at fallscitylibrary.org. The show is sponsored by the Richardson County Arts and Humanities Council, and is produced in part by a grant from the Richardson County Visitors Committee.

For more information, contact Christina Wertenberger, curator of the Stalder Gallery, at 402-245-6034.

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