Member Artist Spotlight
Friends’ members are eligible to apply for a Member Spotlight which is displayed on the east wall of the first floor lobby.
Showcases run for four weeks. We generally book 9 to 12 months out.
JUNE SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS:
HCA Member Artist Spotlight at Hopkins Center for the Arts
On view now through June 27
Marshall will be in attendance for a reception during WOAH June 23
I love taking photographs of the world around me as it actually exists. But in addition to that, I love using photography as a medium to manipulate and create images that are out of the ordinary. The work in this collection focuses on the use of mirror images. To create a mirror image, I will take a photograph and digitally cut out a portion of it. I then will take the cropped image and, using Photoshop, flip it in different directions to create mirrored images. I may do this in two or four directions and then join the mirrors together. Sometimes I will try cropping a photo in several different places before something really interesting emerges from the joined mirrors. Then I will play with color and texture, and possibly overlay additional images from other photographs to complete the final piece. Looking at the finished photograph, one will often see faces, animals or magical beings emerging where the mirrors are joined. I particularly like the surreal and often mystical nature of the results.
All of these creations are from my own original photographs edited in Photoshop. Printing has been done on both standard paper and on metal. To check out more of my mirror collage work, and other regular photographs, visit my website at marshalldavisphotography.myportfolio.com.
HCA Member Artist Spotlight at the Hopkins Activity Center, 33-14th Avenue N
I have been involved with creating and showing art for many years. These works are all mixed media.
Once a design for a piece has been created, it is laid down on an artist panel or canvas. Then enhanced with a variety of accoutrements, including decorative papers from around the world, flowers, fairies, beads, bindi, bric-a-brac and many other wonderful items.
Favorite subjects include:
Global /Cultural Patterns
Inspiration for Global pieces is my family and the multi-ethnicity that makes up our little community. Pieces that have a global or cultural theme are based on actual patterns that are available for artists /artisans to create art that folks from a variety of backgrounds can identify with.
Comes from a love of creating pieces that will take children and adults to a place that inspires them to use their imagination and go on journeys of special dreams and places of wonder. Fairies are my favorite subject.
All around us is a never-ending beautiful palate of vistas to choose from. From flowers to bugs, trees to mushrooms, and many other natural wonders, nature plays an important part in many of the pieces that are on display.
Most of my training comes from being self-taught, using the process of trial and error. I have also taken classes at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
I started showing my work in 2008. Since then I’ve exhibited in the Saint Paul Art Crawl, Art-A-Whirl, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) Fall Fine Arts Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art Foot in the Door, Salon 300, Hopkins Center for the Arts, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Art at St. Kate’s, Art at Ramsey School – December Holiday Show, and Munkabeans Café.
In addition to being a Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artist, I am also a member of NEMAA
I no longer felt isolated because I’ve found myself in my art.
HCA Member Spotlight Artist at Cream & Amber, 1605 Mainstreet
I believe we have lost some connection to the physical world as we are spending more time in the digital space. Painting is a way for me to reconnect with the physical world. I bring my easel on location (en plein air) which allows me to create small studies that capture special moments in time. These studies serve as a reference for larger studio oil paintings. Magic happens when I'm in the right place and the right time and find a scene that I connect with. Sometimes it's the entire subject that draws me in, or it may be as simple as a dramatic lighting effect. Each painting is a new challenge and allows me to appreciate the beauty of nature's color palette.
HCA Member Artist Spotlight at Olio CoWorking, 915 Mainstreet
My life has been that of an extrovert – going to school, starting my own business after years of customer service, working in higher education with administrators and students, raising children, serving on committees, being involved in every aspect of public communication. I often wondered what it would be like to retire and how I would spend my time to stay involved with the public, a priority for me. Part of the answer came through re-discovering my love of making art and setting aside room in my home to do it. Once retired, I took community and college art classes, and generally soaked up as much as I could to help steer my rediscovered love of painting. Professor David Feinberg at the University of Minnesota became my mentor. He encouraged me to learn as much as I could, but his most important words were these: “You don’t need art lessons. You need an art community.” He was so right. I began to attend critique groups, weekend art retreats, Twin City Urban Sketchers, to spend time getting to know the other attendees, and that is when my life as a beginning artist really took shape. I felt so comfortable around these people who I would never have met otherwise. I also became a member of the Northeast Minneapolis Artist Association (NEMAA) when I began sharing a gallery at the Northrup King Building, furthering my exposure to the world of creating, buying and selling art. Further valuable exposure came through my membership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the town where I first lived when moving to Minnesota, and which holds a special place in my heart.
Then suddenly in March of 2020, we were all sent home to quarantine during the Coronavirus pandemic. No one knew what this meant, or how long it would last, but one thing was clear: life as we had known it was changed. I felt caged in my home studio, thankful that I had this marvelous retreat, and yet hungry for human contact and communication. We all muddled through the early days of Zoom, and I managed to find some very helpful online classes which provided a way to be alone and yet spend time and share ideas with like-minded individuals around the world and learn new ways of doing things. It was truly a life-saver.
The most astonishing thing happened. My style had gradually changed through exposure to these new mentors and their expansive ideas of what makes art. I felt completely new and it was reflected in my paintings. No more was I making fussy small marks with many corrections, but bold, dynamic expressions with new marks, fewer colors and a feeling of joy that came through loud and clear from my panels and canvases. I felt 6” taller, my paintings grew larger and I woke up each morning thinking about what mark I could make next or what series I could start.
I no longer felt isolated because I had found myself in my art.
HCA Member Spotlight Artist at Morrie's Minnetonka Subaru
"My work is non-objective/abstract, structured with lines, forms, and colors without reference to anything worldly. It is the process, not reality, that moves me, and I enjoy getting lost in it. When addressing a blank canvas I begin by making marks with black paint. This process frees my mind and spirit as I then respond to the marks or forms on the canvas. I continue this interplay between what I’ve done and my response by intuitively adding color. There is a point when a struggle between myself and the canvas brews. This becomes the challenge. I question the painting in front of me. Where is this going? What do I see or feel? What is the visual impact? I continue to question as I move forward by adding or taking away colors, shapes or marks until the painting finally reveals itself."
Interested members should contact Jim Clark at 952-548-6489 or by turning in the form.