Origami art on display in McClelland Art Gallery

"Clock Tower at Union College in April" along with many other origami and paper 3-D sculptures by Linda Stephen are on display in the McClelland Art Gallery now through Oct. 11.

Linda Stephen, a local Lincoln artist, took her inspiration not only from her time in Japan but also the beauty of Nebraska to create her current show “Folding the Moment.”

Stephen's creations are on display in the McClelland Art Gallery now until Oct. 11. The works feature intricate scenes of paper 3-D sculptures and origami of Lincoln and rural Nebraska, from the campus of Union College to the downtown Farmers’ Market to apple picking at Martin’s Hillside Orchard in Ceresco. Each origami painting on display is available for purchase.

A reception and afternoon tea will be held Sunday Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artist and learn more about the Japanese tradition of paper folding and Stephen’s variation of applied origami art. Refreshments will be provided.

“I am honored to show my applied origami art at Union College,” said Linda Stephen. “I greatly respect the community spirit and volunteer work that students and faculty of Union College share with Lincoln on Project Impact Day each fall and other times in response to disasters around the world.”

In Stephen’s October show, she incorporated hundreds of handmade papers and origami folded paper sculptures to honor the beauty of the tree-filled campus and the contribution of the students to the community.

 “Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding paper. I love inventing a new shape for a piece of paper. The possibilities for one square of paper are endless—kind of like a young mind pursuing education and a place in the world.”

Fluent in Japanese and passionate about Japanese paper, Stephen studied Japanese art and worked in rural Japan for seven years. Her applied origami art landscapes are part of public and private collections around the world from the Mayor’s Office in the City of Omihachiman in Japan to the JW Marriott Hotel’s “sister city” collection in Grand Rapids, Mich. See samples of her commissioned works here or at www.lindastephen.com

The McClelland Art Gallery is located in the Ortner Center on the campus of Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the gallery is free and open to the public.