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Pamela Kotila Work at Calumet Omphale Gallery in JuneA comic illustration by Pamela Kotila

HANCOCK, MI - An exhibit of illustrations and comics by Pamela Kotila will be featured at the Omphale Gallery and Café, Calumet, June 6 to June 29, 2013.

An opening reception will take place Friday, June 7, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the gallery. Live music will be provided by Oren Tikkanen.

Kotila, a 2010 graduate of the Finlandia University International School of Art & Design, is originally from Dodgeville, Mich. She currently lives in Japan where she is employed as an assistant English language teacher.

Perhaps best known in the Copper Country for her fashion designs, for the past two years Kotila has been focusing on web comics and illustrations. The Omphale Gallery exhibition will feature new works from her web comic, a fantasy comedy titled "Spidersilk." Though mostly for entertainment, Kotila says her character-driven comics carry themes of tolerance, equality, and diversity.

Kotila recently published a short story in a comic magazine in Japan. She updates "Spidersilk" twice a week on mangamagazine.net. Visit her website at syrism.com.

The exhibit's curator, artist Joyce Koskenmaki, says Kotila's show is an opportunity to see an art form that is currently underrepresented in the western Upper Peninsula area. "Comics are now created for wider audiences, cover diverse topics, and stretch to any genre and use various mediums," Koskenmaki notes.

For more information, contact Cynthia Coté, director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center, at 906-482-2223.

Photo caption: A comic illustration by Pamela Kotila