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.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS:
Member Spotlight, on view now through 12/5. Artist reception 6-8pm Thursday, December 2
I started painting about 15 years ago, learning from attending Interact in St. Paul. These cards are made of reproductions of my original paintings, many of which are now in private collections. I’ve used many different mediums from acrylic paint to fabric to markers. My work has been selected to juried exhibitions and has won awards. I suffer from a mental condition, but it doesn’t disturb my ability to express myself through art making- it’s therapeutic.
HCA Member Artist Spotlight at the Hopkins Activity Center
On view now through February 4, 2022
Artist Reception Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, 4:30-6:30pm
Hi, I’m Karen Legenhausen, a self-taught artist from Hopkins. I have been a member of The Hopkins Center for The Arts from the beginning (even before there was a building). Minnesota’s four seasons are the inspiration for my artwork. My favorite season is autumn. The colors are short lived before the raw winds strip the leaves from the trees. My art will provide you a longer time to enjoy the Minnesota colors. Most of my pieces are done in pastels but I play around in all mediums. I feel people should change their art in their homes to reflect the seasons and enjoy a variety of original art. You decorate for Christmas so why not decorate for all seasons.
HCA Member Spotlight Artist at Cream & Amber
John Caron lives and works in Hopkins, MN. He has been a member of Hopkins Center for the Arts since its inception and has served on its Visual Arts Advisory Committee.
John received a Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University, and also studied at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the University of Minnesota Split Rock Arts Program. He has painted in England, Scotland, Mexico and Canada as well as the United States, with many trips to the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Represented by Frameworks Gallery in St. Paul, John has also created cover art for two books by a local author.
HCA Member Artist Spotlight at Olio CoWorking
Tom Freund is an award-winning Fine Artist and Photographer. Over the past 16 years he has exhibited in juried shows at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and Primavera Springtime Celebration of the Arts. In 2019 Tom was awarded Second Place in the 108th Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition for his digital drawing “Gatto Magico”. That same year, his digital painting “Toxic Bloom” received the Best of Show award at the 23rd Annual Primavera Exhibit. Tom resides in Plymouth, Minnesota and is a Board Member and the President of the Plymouth Arts Council.
Creating art is, for me, a spiritual experience, a reflection of my vision of the spirit and mystical energy of my subjects. When I work on my images, I feel the love and creative energy of my father, Lee Freund, who, after working 25 years as a commercial artist, retired at age 65 and continued to draw and paint until his death 31 years later. Although my dad was an artist in more traditional media, I like to think that he would have enjoyed trying some of the technology I utilize for my artwork. Using a WACOM Intuous graphic tablet and Corel Painter software, I am able to replicate a wide range of media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel charcoal, pen pencil, etc.). For photography, my tools include Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and 7D DSLR cameras and, of course, Adobe Photoshop software. Digital artwork and photographic images are printed on canvas or acid-free fine art paper using archival pigmented inks.
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.