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An exhibition of four artists' very personal responses to the shifting uncertainties and challenges of our current times. Each finds respite and inspiration in employing the intuitive mind to explore truths of humanity, compassion, and free thinking.
This series of portraits address the alienation of isolation Carolyn Kleinberger felt during the social distancing of COVID and her drive to recapture a sense of connection with community. She chose models whose faces, personalities and emotions she knows well - friends, children of friends or, in a couple of instances, family. They differ from each other not only in appearance, but also in terms of backgrounds, life experiences, stages of life and approaches to life. As she worked on each painting in her studio, Kleinberger "felt closer to people whom COVID prevented me from embracing in real life."
Jeanne Aaron draws and paints from life and nature around her. Fascinated by the intricate patterns found in flowers and leaves, she seeks to capture the interplay of light and color on natural forms using silk painting and batik. Aaron sees silk batik as an ideal medium for exploring the natural beauty of flowers and leaves.
A playful duet of two artists inspired by the natural world. Jean Hawton transforms women's wearables into surprising new expressions for her wardrobe, while Shelby Meyerhoff transforms herself into new creatures. Both artists approach their work as surrealists, provoking not only curiosity but also insights into the nature of self.
Painter Angie Huffman renders scenes from generally unremarkable life events that bring her joy when she first sees them. Though mundane, they call to her with a harmonious balance of composition and color. Quiet and wordless, these events imply undefined visual narratives and ask for further consideration.
Nishiki Sugawara-Beda was born and raised in Japan, where all schoolchildren learn calligraphy. This craft provides the foundation and inspiration for her practice. She uses calligraphy as an entrance point to understand her own culture and to recognize the existence of underlying meanings in all forms -- language, images, even the mundane interactions of being.
In this exhibition, Gwen Partin explores the relationship of people and their environment, reflecting on and questioning how humans fit in the schema of nature. This series of artists books and accompanying monotype and collagraph prints call attention to the beauty of the human/nature relationship, in the spirit of quiet gratitude.
Amy Usdin pays homage to aging bodies and landscapes of memory, using worn nets as armatures for woven sculptures that explore ecologies and histories, loss and longing, and the dissonance of nostalgia.
Photographer Brandon Movall believes the beautiful image we show off to the world is made better by the act of embracing the shadows we find within. "If we learn to accept and care for these once-rejected dark sides, an extraordinary thing happens: we grow and evolve into our best selves." Movall leverages his ability to see the world as both a civil engineer and a self-taught photographer to craft each image with a unique balance of engineering and art.
An exhibition of work by members of the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild. Established in 2014, MNJAG is a non-profit organization with the key goal to educate about the value of handcrafted jewelry by sharing the skill and vision that is required to create unique wearable art.