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Marg Richards looks over the items made by local artists for the Art on the Plaza's Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Mason City. 

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

MASON CITY | Local police agencies will be honored next week with a special display at a cooperative for Mason City artists. 

Several artists provided artwork featuring their interpretations of the theme, the thin blue line, for the display at Art on the Plaza, 11 Federal Ave.

Mason City artist Peggy Cornick, who created pieces for the show, says the display is a way to give back to local law enforcement officers.

"They are so not recognized for what they do," said Cornick, a potter.

Representatives from the Mason City Police Department and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office will choose one of the pieces to keep for their agencies.

Mediums include silk painting, basket weaving, pottery, glass art and jewelry.

Artists were free to interpret the theme any way they chose.

"I am blown away by the very good things that the different artists made," said glass artist Chris White-Rozendaal, who also participated. "You don't have any idea what anybody's going to take from it, but everybody used their own artistic flair and there's some really cool stuff."

The public can view the display during Art on the Plaza's regular hours, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Art on the Plaza is an artist-run cooperative that opened about a year ago.

It displays pieces created by a number of artists who also work at the gallery, but also shows artwork submitted by the public.

The gallery is juried, which means artwork that is displayed must first be approved by an artist or panel of artists.



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