Exhibitions

Arts in Harmony - The North Show: International Juried Art Exhibition

All Galleries



January 10 - February 17, 2019                                                                   

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 6-8pm                                            
  • Art Curating Talk: Thursday, January 24, 5:30pm

In its 24th year, this year's international juried exhibition showcases 165 accepted works from eight countries, thirty states in eighteen different classes of media.


Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Exhibition

Redepenning Gallery

  • February 21 - March 24, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 4-6pm

Annual exhibition featuring artwork by Hopkins School District K-12 students.

D Volenec - Just a Glance

Dan Volenec “The Other Side”

Lobby Gallery, First Floor

  • February 21 - March 24, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, March 7, 5:30pm

“Deeply personal themes fuel my art,” explains Dan Volenec. “I explore the act of decision making, the struggle for acceptance, the reconciliation of broken relationships, the strength, beauty and complexity of the human condition. I make large pieces for the same reason Georgia O’Keefe made large flower paintings. It was a way she found to stop the busy people for a few seconds. Though I may spend weeks or months contemplating what I hope to convey, in the end the art I create is really not about me or my thoughts. I believe visual images should stand on their own. For me to be successful, my art must connect with the viewer’s life experiences, and ultimately tap into and nourish the viewer’s soul.”

Jerry Johanning & John Piepkorn “How We See It”

Lobby Gallery, Second Floor

  • February 21 - March 24, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, March 7, 5:30pm

Jerry Johanning describes himself as a “self-taught photographer” who uses his art to “slow down” and “pay attention to my surroundings and observe landscapes” and “the wonder of nature.” He gives a lot of credit for his beautiful images to his wife, Karen, for her love of travel. “If you like my work, you should thank Karen.”

Johanning is showing with like-minded artist, John Piepkorn. Piepkorn has been photographing landscapes for over 30 years. He gives credit for his work to “a great deal of planning”…and some serendipity. His philosophy about photography is simple: “You can find something interesting almost anywhere if you take the time to look.”

J Johanning Good Morning Church
F Lesch-Middelton image

Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Pedram Baldari “The Earth is Whole”

Redepenning Gallery

  • March 28 - May 11, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm

The Earth is Broken, the Earth is Whole is a dialogue between four artists: Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, Pedram Baldari and Nooshin Hakim Javadi. This exhibition will feature ceramics, calligraphy, media, food, performance and installations that explore cultural and political exchanges between Middle Eastern and Western interpretations of our cultures. This exhibition asks challenging questions, like, do we accept or reject the concept of globalization and migration? How do we embrace what is happening and what is to come? Can it really be as simple as sitting down together? Can something as commonplace as clay, a mineral ubiquitous to all cultures, transcend borders and become a catalyst for addressing such complex issues?

James Burpee “Nature Up Close”

Lobby Gallery, First Floor

  • March 28 - May 11, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, April 25, 5:30pm

James Burpee has taught college-level painting and drawing for over 48 years, including MCAD and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Many of his nature paintings are on display at major corporations and in medical facilities around the Twin Cities. “My immersion in nature has been a healing experience for me during difficult times,” says Burpee, “and many medical facilities who own my work feel that the work has the combined appeal of serenity and vitality which in turn creates a healing environment for others.” Adds the artist, “I believe I have found a unique way of painting nature. I hope that the paintings show the quality of finding the extraordinary in what could be seen as ordinary.”

J Burpee Creek Splendor Painting
MN Mosaic Guild logo

Minnesota Mosaic Guild “Beautifully Broken”

Lobby Gallery, Second Floor

  • March 28 - May 12, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm

Established in 2004, the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (MMG) was formed to promote the art of mosaic, foster exploration and experimentation in the media, provide educational opportunities in mosaic and share and celebrate the diversity of experience and knowledge in the media. Their members emerge from a multitude of artistic backgrounds including sculpture, art instruction, jewelry making, graphic design and oil painting. Many members have been active in community projects throughout the Twin Cities, artist residencies and workshops, mentoring of emerging artists and promoting mosaic as a fine art. Several of their members are professional mosaicists whose work can be seen throughout the Twin Cities. Two include Mosaic on a Stick and J Ring Glass Studio, who serve as sponsors to the organization.

Spring Members’ Nonjuried Exhibition

All Galleries

  • May 17 - June 22, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, 6-8pm

Annual spring show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists.

For more information about how to participate, please visit Spring Members’ Exhibition

Cameron Zebrun “Destination: 47.7231° N, 86.9407° W”

Redepenning Gallery

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, July 11, 5:30pm

A practicing artist for 38 years, Cameron Zebrun is a past Director of Program Services for the Walker Art Center (1991-2017.) He now makes his art his full-time passion. Zebrun has received two Minnesota State Arts Initiative Grants (2005, 2015) and was Artist in Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park in 2008. “I approach nature with a sense of wonder and keen perception,” he explains. “My pieces are often categorized as defying categorization. They are neither painting nor sculpture, although they embody both processes. All of the components – the colors, forms and graphic elements – are derived from my experiences with the natural world, experiences that provide both pleasure and growth.”

C Zebrun -Red Cascade
Michelle Plombon Image

Michelle Plombon “Urban Threads”

Lobby Gallery, First Floor

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, August 1, 5:30pm

Michelle Plombon began her exploration of the arts back in 2006 when she signed up for her first pottery class. Intrigued by Expressionistic and Abstract painting, a fellow potter inspired her to take an abstract painting class. “That was the permission I needed,” explains Plombon. In Urban Threads, she finds “inspiration and beauty in the colors, patterns, textures and combination of fabrics and material. When I first begin a painting, I enjoy and find freedom when I apply repeat patterns on to my canvas. Eventually, I apply larger, less repetitive shapes over my textile-like patterns. Currently, those larger shapes and compositions have taken on urban-like images. I could wonder if growing up in the inner city of Chicago has tinted my paintings, even though the urban flavor has been unintentional.”

Melissa Borman “A Piece of Dust in the Great Sea of Matter”

Lobby Gallery, Second Floor

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, August 1, 5:30pm

After suffering an injury six years ago, Melissa Borman found herself compelled to research “depictions of the human body” and “images of the human figure in the landscape.” What she found after wading through historical and contemporary works were depictions of “passive female figures, exposed to the elements and unnaturally posed against landscape backdrops.” This inspired the Minneapolis-based photographer to create “photographs of women and gender – nonconforming people in landscapes that I wanted to see.” Specifically, “images that critically engage conventional aesthetic associations between women and nature. Some ignore the camera and others perform for it, but they all demonstrate their agency as subjects by actively inhabiting these places.”

M Borman Photograph