WOAH! Walk of Art Hopkins

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  • Thursday, August 4 from 5 - 8pm 

    Schedule of events listed below

Join us for Walk of Art Hopkins (WOAH!)

Highlighting art and music in Hopkins, meet artists, mix and mingle. Enjoy exhibitions at local galleries and businesses. ArtStreet public art program throughout downtown, and free music in Downtown Park. 

You are welcome to visit the locations listed below to enjoy local artist work anytime during their normal business hours.

Printable Event Schedule and Map

WOAH August 4.2022 Map

Schedule of Events:

As you are planning your evening, please note the times that each location will be open. For your convenience, maps will be available at each of the locations on June 23.

Cream & Amber, 5 - 7pm  

1605 Mainstreet

Mary Holmgren, Member Artist Spotlight

I am a watercolor and mixed media painter living and working in Annandale, Minnesota. I have art degrees from Bemidji State University (B.S.) and the University of Minnesota (M.Ed). I have shown my work locally and regionally in exhibitions, competitions, galleries, and studio sales since the early 1980’s. During that time, I also worked as an art educator with children and adults of all ages in public schools, local and regional art centers, and area community colleges. I retired from teaching in 2015 after 23 years teaching art in the Orono, MN school district.  

Watercolor is my primary medium, but my ideas and methods are non-traditional. My initial watercolor paintings were traditional representational landscapes, but I soon began stretching this idea, sometimes incorporating mixed media and collage, semi-abstraction and total abstraction. I like to work in series, exploring ideas in a variety of ways, often joining previous ideas with new insights and explorations. Recent paintings are abstractions inspired by rhythms in water, jazz music, and trees, as well as revisits of previous landscape themes. 

Hopkins Activity Center, 5 -7pm  

33 14th Avenue North

Betty Ann Wiens, Member Artist Spotlight

When I began painting about 30 years ago, I began with watercolor. Several years later, in an effort to loosen up my work, I turned to oils and acrylics. For the most part I am a realistic painter. You usually know what it is you are looking at, but I am not a photo realistic painter. I am not a painter of my inner self, but rather of things, places and people I observe. Over the years I have painted a variety of subjects. I am particularly drawn to nature - flowers, gardens, grasses, lakes, etc. I have done paintings of my own gardens as well as others. Northern Minnesota has been a subject of some of my work as we had a cabin up north for many years. I have also done paintings based on my travels. After a trip to Vietnam I did a series of 7 paintings based on our trip, all of them with people. I often work in a series format. Shapes and color attract me.

I have a painting studio in the lower level of my home and very much enjoy the time I spend there. I continue to take weekly classes. I find being in the company of other artists to be inspiring and stimulating. I love expressing myself with form and color.

Olio CoWorking, 5-7pm

915 Mainstreet

Ken Herren, Member Artist Spotlight

Born in Montana and raised in California, Ken Herren’s early artistic influences came from his mother who stressed the importance of “good penmanship.” She also immersed him in the subtle art of music appreciation that continues to be an ongoing passion and integral part of his creative process.

Encouraged to direct his energies towards the applied sciences, Ken joined the Navy as a hospital corpsman and subsequently became a registered nurse within the San Francisco bay area. As a young adult, living amongst a vibrant urban scene, Ken’s music appreciation was fostered further with the attendance at numerous stadium concerts. The dynamic performances and their ability to create a visceral experience through sound and fantastic light shows serve as a newly recognized, but strong influence in Ken’s exciting and often unexpected use of color.

Retiring from nursing and moving to Minnesota, Ken’s interest in the visual arts was unquenchable. Ken worked as a cabinet maker and art supply salesman and perfected his skills as a Master Picture Framer over the last two decades. Ken’s own visual art career was destined for nothing more than refinement and personal exploration, including linoleum block mono prints, landscape painting and his current body of abstract expressionism.

Aliyah Brown, Blank Canvas Arts Spotlight Artist

Work on view as part of Walk of Art Hopkins (WOAH!)

Olio CoWorking exhibitions are a collaboration between Hopkins Center for the Arts and Blank Canvas. Blank Canvas students aid in the exhibition installation as part of an internship program. 

The Gallery at Zeller Studio, 5 - 8pm

1421 Mainstreet

JuliAnne has been creating art since she was a young child. Growing up in a family surrounded by professional musicians and creatives, her natural artistic abilities were always encouraged and nurtured. Inspired by the Old Masters, she was classically trained in oil painting at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art from 1998-2005. There is evidence of the Atelier training in her style, yet she tries to include a contemporary energy in her work to keep it current. Her passion lies in the figure and portrait with texture, landscape, and rich color as complimentary elements. 

JuliAnne will also be exhibiting her sculpture.  She uses the "lost wax method". She begins by crafting an armature and melting hard wax to be applied to the armature. After the wax sets up it is carved into with heated tools. The finished wax model is then brought to a foundry to create the final bronze sculpture.  Learn more about JuliAnne HERE.

On view August 1 - September 30, 2022

more info on this exhibition can be found on the Zeller Studio site here: https://www.zellerstudio.com/gallery-events

Hopkins Center for the Arts, 6 - 8pm 

1111 Mainstreet

Cash bar and light refreshments.

Gwen Partin 'Material Elements'

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 'Remnants'

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.

Brandon Movall 'Embracing Our Shadows'

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.

The exhibitions are on view August 4 - September 10, 2022

More about Exhibitions

Member Spotlights at Hopkins Center for the Arts

Paul Reimer – glass display cases

member artist 

 Oh-oh, about me?   Paul Reimer, Born 8/26/56 at St. Mary’s in Minneapolis.  Moved to Minnetonka in 1959, and went to Hopkins Schools.  I started doing artsy things in 2012 when I made a necklace for a good friend with guitar string, beads, magnet, and a guitar pick.  Moved on to Dream Catchers with a personalized touch such as a star constellation put right on the webbing for the individual to whom it was for.  I quit smoking after 48 years, yuck, atta boy.  Along with hats, belts, and wrist bands out of leather as well.  Moving on to issues with my knees, started making walking sticks and canes.  My mom died in 2015.  I wanted to do something in her memory so I painted her urn with flowers around it in oil on canvas.  In 2017 I started painting with acrylics and tutorials on YouTube.  It was so therapeutic that I’ve painted about 67 works on canvas, rocks, paper, a body, wood, leather, plastic, fabric, and more.   Became a member of the Hopkins Center for the Arts in 2018, I’m now making the guitars you see here.    PEACE TO ALL. 

Lorry Spiegel - Member Artist Spotlight

I am exploring diverse styles, mostly in line and watercolor.  I have been doing it a long time.  I just keep doing it.  Enjoy.


The Sunset Series: Mae Simpson, 7 - 8:30pm

Hopkins Downtown Park, 40 Ninth Avenue S, Hopkins

The Mae Simpson Band is a band with a focus on creating music that seamlessly explores a huge range of styles. The band’s music is soulful, warm and passionate, known for their raw and powerful energy, the band leaves it all on the stage. The project is led by Mae, a singer and songwriter who loves to express herself through sharing her songs, and her heart. Hailing from South Carolina, Mae has been passionate about music ever since she can remember, and it didn’t take long before she figured out this was her path. Her voice is emotional and wide-ranging in terms of pitch and attitude, while her stage is almost like a second home, where she can be free to be who she wants to be. Mae’s vision immediately sparked the roots of this project, as she gathered some of the best local talents. The band consists of 7 musicians including Mae. Each bringing a healthy does of talent, experience and musicianship to the group’s collective artistry. From funk, to soul, and even rock and Folk, anything goes.  Rock n' Roll 

Free summer music series in Downtown Park. More info at: The Sunset Series


Hopkins ArtStreet

Downtown Hopkins

Public Sculpture Program. More info at: Hopkins ArtStreet

The Artery

8th Avenue S, between Mainstreet and Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins

JW Green: HCA Member Arts Spotlight

"A few years before retirement from a 45 year career in advertising and marketing I began to do what I wanted to do “when I grow up” with my BFA and started "exercising" an hour or two per night." 

"Beginning with freehand abstract ink drawings I moved to abstract geometric and semi-realistic acrylic paintings like these portraits. I have evolved more toward realism, but still view my work as an exercise that continues to change and grow." 

"I want to thank the Hopkins Center for the Arts for this opportunity. HCA is a great venue and valuable asset for the community. I encourage you help keep the arts alive and well by considering joining the Friends of HCA."