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Erik Jon Olson "Downstream Sacrifices"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Virtual Artist Talk premieres on Facebook on Tuesday, November 24 at 7 pm

Using quilted plastic waste as his medium, Erik creates works that deal with the effects of consumerism, mass consumption and unfettered capitalism. By layering environmental issues with social justice messaging, his art emphasizes our alienation from the environment and each other, our willingness to waste and our subsequent need for healing. By minimizing his carbon footprint in the creation of pieces and transcending the medium without denying what is, Erik creates art that embodies Marshall McLuhan’s concept that "the medium is the message." 

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Keith Holmes "Pursuit of Happiness"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Virtual Talk available below

In this exhibit, documentary artist, Keith Holmes explores "the collective desire to belong, the need to represent and the inevitable collision of aspirations in a pluralistic society." In his approach, Holmes explains, "cowboys and zombies, Chicanos and punks, born-agains and anarchists rub shoulders with each other and up against the dominant culture of middle America." Holmes adds, "While I do my best to document genuine happiness, much of the imagery in the show reflects the restless search for an elusive fun that everyone else seems to be enjoying."

Members’ Juried Exhibition

Redepenning Gallery

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020

Annual fall show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists. The art on display is the result of a juried competition. 

51 works were chosen from 175 submissions. Thank you to all the Member Artists who participated in the competition. And, thank you to the following jurors for their time and thoughtful selection process:

Betsy Alwin lives and works in Minnetrista, MN. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, holds an MFA from Illinois State University, a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. Her work has been exhibited widely, including the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (Mass MoCA), the National Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C., The University of Washington, Tacoma, AIR Gallery, New York, No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY, The Waiting Room Gallery, Edina, MN, and Rubine Red Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. Public commissions include outdoor sculptures Onoden Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan, Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN and Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Alwin is a member of the Minneapolis collective Rosalux Gallery and the Minnesota Women’s Ceramic Artists. She is represented by Rubine Red Gallery. She will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Gustavus Adolphus College for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Dani Roach was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Roach moved to Minneapolis in 1980 and was a member of WARM Gallery from 1983-1988.  Roach has been granted many artists' residencies: at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL, the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY, and VCCA in Amherst, VA.  Additionally, she received a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2000. Other awards for Roach's work include the Moebius Exceptional Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin, and a Purchase Award from the University of Minnesota.  In 2012, Roach was one of twelve artists selected to participate in the Minnesota State Fair’s inaugural 12’12’12 project. Concurrent with her artistic pursuits, Roach has worked in academic libraries for over 40 years and currently works at the University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Roach has been represented by Groveland Gallery since 1984 and has widely exhibited both oils and watercolors in solo, juried, and invitational shows.

 Daniel Volenec (b. 1955) trained at the Atelier Lack (Minneapolis) under the tutelage of Steven Gjertson. Working figuratively for over a decade, Volenec's drawings and paintings emphasize subtlety and delicate execution. He explores deeply personal themes; the act of decision making, the struggle for acceptance, the reconciliation of broken relationships. 

For information on becoming a Member Artist, including all of the benefits you will get (including participation in this show,) visit Become a Member

More information: Fall Members Show

ArtHop on Main: Adult Art Students and Instructors, Hopkins Community Education

Redepenning Gallery

  • December 3 - January 3, 2021
  • Exhibition Reception: TWatch for updates!

ArtHop on Main features the work of Hopkins Community Education adult students and instructors. Hopkins Community Education, a component of Hopkins Public Schools, strives to create meaningful opportunities for lifelong learning, connection and engagement within our community. Visit Community Education for more information about classes.

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Ken Herren "Soul Patch"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • December 3 - January 3, 2021
  • Exhibition Reception: Watch for updates!

Soul Patch is a collection of unique and colorful abstractions that were inspired by a rare childhood experience.  And while this particular exhibition invites the viewer into a world of riotous color and visceral experience, it is simultaneously exploring the complexity of self-identity in a social media world.   In traditional social interactions, people generally walk away knowing certain facts about you through what they saw and what you let them see.  In today's social media interactions, what is "known" is often strategically crafted to be audacious enough to stand out amongst the vying voices,  but ultimately proves to be abject concealment of human vulnerability.  This work challenges the viewer to sit with the tension of wanting to see more, wanting to know the "true colors," wanting to wipe away the course veneer that hides the true soul of another.


Bonnie Folkerts "Common Threads"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • December 3 - January 3, 2021
  • Exhibition Reception: Watch for updates!

A Minnesota-based artist working primarily in acrylics and watercolors. Bonnie spent her youth in the beautiful Driftless Area in Southwestern Wisconsin. Bonnie says of her work " My creative influences include the detailed works of Albrecht Durer and the macro views of flowers found in Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. My own extensive gardens and travels around the world provide inspiration for my work. The animals, landscapes, and flora that i paint represent my relationships to nature. They are thoughtful and deeply personal. "

"We are such a small piece of this expansive universe...and we are all connected to each other: Humans. Animals. Earth. Sky. Water. I am drawn to paint the creatures and landscapes we share this world with. What one does affects the others, and by slowing down and paying attention to this we can develop a deeper and more positive relationship to all."

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Arts North 26: International Juried Art Exhibition

All Galleries

  • January 9 - February 13, 2021
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 6-8 pm

In its 26th year, this international juried exhibition showcases work of thirteen different classes of media by artists from the United States and abroad. Prize money will be distributed to more than 50 awards. To apply, visit the 26th Arts North 2021 International Show Call for Entry.