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Masks reveal pieces of students' lives

Monday, February 4, 2013

Vera Ludwig, of Sioux City, left, and Karen Terry, of Schaller, use bits and pieces of items to create "Spirit Masks" during a mask making class Saturday at the Le Mars Arts Center. Participants were encouraged to personalize their masks to reveal parts of themselves.
A handful of women gathered at the Le Mars Arts Center Saturday to design their own masks.

Whether beautiful or a little dark, each "Spirit Mask" told something about the participant.

Each student in Saturday's class was asked to bring something personal for their mask, made using a paper mache mask form.

Cindy Feauto, of Akron, decorates a mask she named "Violet" during a mask-making class at the Le Mars Arts Center Saturday. Feauto used bold colors, feathers and other items to personalize her mask.
They also used items such as magazines, ribbons, bits of cloth, feathers and colorful, supplied by the teacher, Dottie Seymour, of Woodbine, to design their masks.

A mask made by Kathy Moore, arts center executive director, was decorated with musical notes and puzzle pieces.

"Sometimes life is a puzzle," she said. "I see and create music."

Seymour said she's been making masks for about 16 years.

She explained that each mask shows another part of herself that she didn't know existed.

Some of her masks worked out dreams while others worked out during stressful times in her life, Seymour said.

"It's uncovering and finding out what's deep inside," she said.

Seymour said she doesn't just make a mask whenever she wants, but rather when she's compelled to do so.

"I love it," she said. "I can't control it."

Students in Saturday's class were also asked to name their masks, something Seymour does regularly.

Cindy Feauto, of Akron, did just that naming her bold purple colored mask, "Violet."

"It just kind of came to me, probably because of the color," she said.

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