Past Exhibitions

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Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective

Redepenning Gallery

August 5 - September 11, 2021

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 5, 5 - 8 pm

This exhibition showcases work by local Iranian-Americans whose creative work in the arts reflects or illuminates their rich heritage. It is an opportunity for viewers to learn about Iran’s history and culture through visual art.  Participating artists include Leila Rastegar, Ensi Mohammadian, Niccu Taffarodi, Nicky Torkzadeh, Katayoun Amjadi, Mohammad Noori, Fariba Mousavi, and others.

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Minnesota Iran Photographers, 'Iran Today: Photographs by Minnesota Travelers'

Lobby Galleries, first and second floors

August 5 - September 11, 2021

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 5, 5 - 8 pm

In November of 2019, a group of Minnesotans visited Iran, traveling from Tehran in the north to Isfahan, Shiraz and the islands of Qeshm and Hormoz in the Persian Gulf. The photographs in this exhibition document their experience, and capture insights they gained into Iranian culture and the daily lives of its citizens.  The work contrasts with the images of Iran presented by the media and presents an alternative view of a country few Americans find opportunity to see for themselves.  

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Chris Cinque, 'Beyond the Reach of Words'

Lobby Gallery, Second floor

June 24 - July 31, 2021

Given the fact that my life was upended by trauma at an early age, the phrase “art saves lives” is literally true for me. Working as an artist has always been my salvation and my solace. My task has been to create order in a disordered and disoriented life. I did this first for many years in theater as a playwright, performer, and director, and for almost as long a time now as a visual artist. My work continues to be about finding connections: to the muddled and mysterious past, to the dynamics of the present moment, and to the hope that lives in the future. Storytelling, whether it be through line and color or actual words, embodies that desire: to connect to myself so that I may also connect to others. This always happens by turning towards the light that lives in all of us. For me, that means practicing the art of manipulating color and form to tell stories that are full of emotional content, but which lie just beyond the reach of words.

Kristi Kuder, 'Momento'

Redepenning Gallery

June 24 - July 31, 2021

As an installation artist, pushing boundaries by exploring different materials and ways to express myself has always been an instinctive part of my process and artistic effort. My interest as a maker focuses on the ambiguous aspects in our daily life. In a world where boundaries are blurred and presence and absence intersect, I'm compelled to dig into the emotional core of what this means. I believe memory is the author of ambiguity and that belief informs my work.

 I often choose to work with wire mesh for its illusive qualities and then augment it with other materials. Mesh’s ability to both reflect and filter light, as well as be delicate yet strong is integral to my artistic expression. Treating wire mesh like fabric and wire like thread; I stitch, fray, knit, felt or layer to create three-dimensional forms and installations that capture the enigmatic nature of ambiguity. Using eyebrow tweezers, in a methodical process, I deconstruct wire mesh thread by thread. I appreciate that the memory from the weave in the deconstructed mesh remains present in the newly formed work. 

I’m also intrigued by the inference of presence and absence found in nature. Impressions left by lapping waves along the shoreline, daytime tracings of night-loving creatures and shadows from plant-life upon the earth—their orphic aspects are captured using a cyanotype process with water to create prints on paper and fabric.

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Leah Yellowbird, 'Can You Hear Me Now'

Lobby Gallery, First floor

June 24 - July 31, 2021

As a young person, I learned from my extended family how to follow traditional beading patterns, and I have been working in this medium my entire life. This knowledge, combined with my interest in explorations in color has spilled over into the realm of painting. After a challenging time in my life I took a step back from everything and decided to pick up a paintbrush – something that had been absent from my hand for two decades. I had my first solo exhibition in 2013. Since then I have been painting, beading and creating full time. I think of my process in the context of survival; painting and beading are like breathing to me. I draw inspiration from the traditional art forms of my ancestors while adding a modern voice to the imagery. My pointillism work is a visual manifestation of time, each dot embodying a moment and a prayer. I appreciate the synergy of working in a variety of mediums from birch bark to paint on canvas to beads on velvet – each practice informs the others and connects me with my First Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe heritage. Through my journey as an artist I know that I never want to stop learning and expanding my understanding of the many voices that came before me.

April Malphurs, 'Refraction: Capturing Joy Through Glass'

Display Cases

May 13 - June 19, 2021

My work is whimsical, capturing my enthusiasm for life and a playfulness inspired from my years of work with children. I use bold colors, patterns and textures to create a feeling of joy in my work.  Much of my work is non-representational with inspiration coming from the forms, colors or patterns of the beads or blown bases. Once the initial idea occurs to me, I work to create a feeling of harmony between the beads and base. I watched glass blowing from a young age, but my interest in light and shadow in sculpture is what eventually lead me to the medium.  Since I approach my work primarily from the vantage point of a sculptor, assembling the pieces together using flexible wire armatures, my work has an illusion of movement or a “bounciness” that adds to the joyous mood of the work.  The parts represent the beauty of diversity and individuality in each of us making up the world as a whole.

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Contemporary Realism: Work from the Atelier

Lobby Gallery, first floor

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May 13 - June 19, 2021

This exhibition presents current works from the directors, staff, and students, as well as historical work by R. H. Ives Gammell and Richard F. Lack.  The original Atelier, founded by Richard Lack in 1970, has based its aesthetic philosophy on a direct lineage to the Boston school of American Impressionists and the French Academy. The Atelier, directed by Cyd Wicker and assistant director Laura Tundel, closely follows these original precepts offering students an opportunity to master the fundamental principles in the classical discipline of realistic drawing and painting.

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James Byrne, 'New Works'

Lobby Gallery, second floor

May 13 - June 19, 2021


Artist Statement: I use digital means to layer and combine images from drawing, photography and painting to create my composite collages.  I’m most excited when I’m surprised by what I’ve made - the image stuns me for a second.  For me, art is all about discovery and sharing.

Biography

While his previous work has spanned video art and narrative filmmaking, James Byrne is now focused on creating two dimensional composite images on canvas, paper, and projected.  He is very pleased to have his first solo exhibition of these new works at Hopkins Center for the Arts.  Recent group shows of this new work include Divulgarti, Genoa, Italy; PACE Center Gallery, Denver; Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis; Jimmy Wilson Gallery, Minneapolis; and D’art Gallery, Denver.  

His video art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.   His short films have screened nationally as well as at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. 

Byrne lives in St. Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Elected Studies. He earned an MFA in Video Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Fawzia Khan, 'Becoming Visible'

Redepenning Gallery

May 13 - June 19, 2021


I am a practicing artist who has embraced art as a second career. A Pakistani-American born in Nigeria, I became a U.S. citizen at age 18. Like many child immigrants, I feel I have a foot in more than one culture but do not wholly belong to any. I grew up with certain expectations of my role as a daughter, wife, and mother. Identity, gender roles, veils and barriers are themes that run through my art.

I have made several works about the burka and niqab, the robes and face veils that some Muslim women wear. Covering a woman’s face makes her anonymous and invisible. Patriarchy is less obvious in western society, but exists nonetheless. For example, in Minnesota we still have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. Even though western women may not wear the niqab, their accomplishments are still undervalued.

As the fortunate recipient of a 2020 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, I interviewed twelve Minnesotan women (including transwomen and nonbinary individuals) from various walks of life, from the original inhabitants to our newest immigrants. I manipulated photos of them and digitally embroidered images of their eyes on flour sack dishtowels, a symbol of traditional gender roles. I use embroidery as a metaphor for the laborious nature of unacknowledged “women’s work.” The work is hung at eye level around a room so that upon entering, the viewer becomes “the viewed.” With this relationship reversal, the women become visible. The installation also incorporates the contributions of these women to Minnesota through written summaries and a video. There are longer videos on each woman available on the website. The work will allow audiences to see the strengths and contributions of these women to Minnesota and acknowledge the many roles women play today.

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Ellie KrugCaitlin Gregg
Mary LyonsSuzann Willhite
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Maria Ponce-KhouryKate Tucker


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Spring NJ Members Show 2 4.2021

Spring Members' Nonjuried Exhibition

All Galleries

  • March 26 - May 8, 2021

Annual spring show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts member artists. For information about submitting work to this show, please visit Spring Member Show. Not yet a member? Find out about membership and all of the benefits at become a member.

Spring Members' Nonjuried Exhibition Awards Presentation

Thank you to our Awards Jurors, Joan Porter Einsman and Shawn McNulty, and to all the Member Artists who are participating in the show.

Member Artist Moments

Member Artists talk about their work and other works in the show that they like

Genie and Paco Castro 'Cold Press'

Genie and Paco Castro 'Cold Press'

Redepenning Gallery

  • February 18 - March 20, 2021

In sculptures expressing a push/pull between rigid materiality of object and captured gestural movement, Paco Castro explores dependency of each part of a form for it to stand, as well as the tension that is created against gravity.

Genie Castro's monotypes, derived from an intuitive mind set, are rich with robust color and gestural flow. Approaching her work as a creative outlet and a temporary freedom from 'roles in society as a woman, mother and provider', she deftly crafts organic expressions or outward pouring joy.

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Akama Paul 'Things Fall Apart'

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • February 18 - March 20, 2021

Akama Paul was born and raised in Nigeria: "I pull a lot of my inspirations from my experience as a young and spirited kid in Lagos city and the different cultures I was exposed to growing up. I take a minimal approach to photography and create art that is easy and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes."


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Linda Snouffer 'Grasslands, Woods & Wetlands: Muckboots Recommended'

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • February 18 - March 20, 2021

Linda Snouffer uses nature for both inspiration and source of materials in her botanical printmaking, creating intricately detailed landscapes of prairies, shorelines, forests, and mountain ranges utilizing the actual plants for the printed images.

Snouffer states "Prairies have a rich history; they beckon me to recreate them and share their stories in my printmaking. I admire the structure of prairie plants, which, when healthy, have root systems three times the length of the stalk height to draw flood waters into aquifers and to draw water to the plant, persevering through drought periods. The work begins with the foundation of the sky - the sky brings it all to life and provides depth and dimension to my work. No two skies are alike and with the botanical print landscapes, I am realizing my unique vision."

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Arts North 26: International Juried Art Exhibition

Arts North 26: International Juried Art Exhibition

All Galleries

  • January 9 - February 13, 2021

Take 3D tours through the galleries:

In its 26th year, this international juried exhibition showcases work of thirteen different classes of media by artists from the United States and abroad. 


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

Redepenning Gallery

  • December 3 - December 31, 2021
  • Please visit the Virtual Gallery to view students and instructors works on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts

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

  • Please visit the Virtual Gallery to view Ken Herren's works on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • December 3 - January 3, 2021

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.

 

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Bonnie Folkerts "Common Threads"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • Please visit the Virtual Gallery to view Bonnie Folkert's works on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts.
  • December 3 - January 3, 2021

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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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."

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."

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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

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Marcia Haffmans "Out of Touch"

Redepenning Gallery

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020

Marcia Haffmans’ visual art has evolved from abstract writing in wet paint on canvas to conceptual 3-D work incorporating handwriting. Out of Touch is a mixed media installation that came out of art workshops that I have offered for women trapped inside Minnesota county jails. Since 2017, we have engaged in visual art dialogues that include the art of handwriting, among other creative explorations.  

Michael Borg "Being Havana"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020

"Like most photographers, I strive to make compelling and memorable images. The opportunity to experiment with new ways to help my images to connect more deeply with the viewer is the driving force behind my work. I've found that my travel and street photography images speak to me much more clearly with the removal of color. Black and white images offer a clarity of message that can be lost in the visual distractions of color."

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Jeanne Kosfeld "Coffee Portraits"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020

Artist Jeanne Kosfeld works primarily with water-based media, but her body of work also includes print design, board game creation & design, and public sculpture. She began her career as an illustrator and cartoonist and led the design department at the University of Alaska, where she was also was an adjunct faculty member. In Minnesota she was the creative director at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Jeanne has been honored with artist-in-residences in Arles, France; Mesa Verde, Colorado; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Pine Needles on the St. Croix, Minnesota; Maiden Rock, Wisconsin; Whiskeytown, California; and most recently in Juneau, Alaska. She has attended International Urban Sketchers Symposiums in Portugal and the Netherlands.

Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition

All Galleries

  • August 13 - September 19, 2020

Annual spring show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists. This year, due to COVID-19, this show was moved to late summer. For information on becoming a Member Artist, including all of the benefits you will get (including participation in this show) visit Become a Member

Congratulations to the 2020 Members' Non-Juried Exhibition Award Winners

BEST OF SHOW: Linda Kelly, 'Eye Wide Shut'; AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Scott Zimmermann, 'Donkey One' and May Ling Kopecky, 'Bohemian'; AWARDS OF MERIT: Peter Wong, 'Nude on the Dunes'; David Tomlinson, 'Decommissioned'; Joan Hughes, 'See Me-Haitian Schoolgirl'; HONORABLE MENTIONS: Diane Blau, 'No One I know'; Chris Walton, 'Rainy Night Reflections'; Jan Dufault, 'Conversation'; Ken Herren, 'Funhouse'; Charlie Brown, 'Rapture'; James Byrne, 'Chance'; PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Scott Zimmermann, 'A Day to Remember.'

For information about submitting work for the exhibition visit Spring Members Show

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Kristin Pavelka "Bohemian"

Display Cases, main lobby

  • May 14 - August 1, 2020

Kristin Pavelka admits that she loves food. Growing it. Cooking it. And, of course, eating it. So, as she says, "it’s no surprise that I make art for food." Potters, Pavelka explains, "share the desire to make mealtime special. Using handmade pots engages all five senses, enhancing and creating a memorable experience." In addition to her pottery, Pavelka is also a certified Master Gardener, a member of the Flowers for Pollinators Speaker’s Bureau and has a growing interest in botany.

Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, Klaire Lockheart, Becca Cerra "Embodiment"

Redepenning Gallery

  • June 25 - August 1, 2020

The three artists in this exhibition tackle issues of identity. Kristin Hoelscher-Schaker looks at our skin - both the way we define ourselves with it and the way others see us. Klaire Lockheart explores the concept of femininity - pairing modern expectations with old social customs. And Becca Cerra focuses her work on Western society’s unrealistic standards of beauty and perfection. Together, these three artists create a thought-provoking collection of images and ideas that look at who we are, how we see ourselves and why.

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Charlie Brown "The Monumental Aspects of Nature"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • June 25 - August 1, 2020

Nature has had a profound effect upon Charlie Brown. Growing up in a small farming community in Iowa, Brown was captivated by the big sky and the grandeur of nature. He spent the majority of his adult life in advertising and marketing, but now that he has left that world, he’s happily getting back to his roots. That has meant spending more time in nature and in his studio, creating large-scale drawings with layers of charcoal and graphite on Arches paper.

Aaron Packard "Networks of Noise"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • June 25- August 1, 2020

Aaron Packard tells us his "fascination with photography comes from my obstacles in memory." In fact, he admits that he has few "really clear memories, especially before the fifth grade." Instead, he has "vivid memories of colors, objects and emotions, but in most the context is skewed, abstracted with the noise of intermingling and conflicting visions." He calls this body of work "a kind of photomontage," adding, "my subject is photography, subject is myself; my subject is fiction; my subject is memory."

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Living Tradition: Figure Drawings from the Hopkins Center for the Arts Life Sessions Cooperative

Redepenning Gallery

  • May 14 - June 20, 2020

Historically a staple of artists’ education and professional development, drawing from the live model remains an active practice and inspiration for many. The works on display were created by participants in the Life Drawing Sessions here at the Center. Facilitated by Hopkins artist John Caron, the sessions are ongoing and occur on select Sundays throughout the year. For more information on participating, visit Figure Drawing.

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Mary Catherine Solberg "Shine"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • May 14 - June 20, 2020

Solberg often refers to her body of works as "Everybody Icons." Her painting method - literally working from dark to light - is how she "explores the inner light or shine that emits from within." She employs "the use of scale, color, gold leaf, texture, varnish and glitter to give depth and reverence" to her pieces. Her work incorporates aspects of her influences - including Renaissance, religious iconography and circus sideshow banners - adding her present day musings, overall optimistic outlook and occasional dark humor.

Sue Cranston "American School Girl"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • May 14 - June 20, 2020

"American School Girl," the work of full-time high school teacher, Sue Cranston, is a series of acrylic and mixed-media paintings and digital art that represent her version of childhood experiences for a young girl. Each piece features variations of symbolic evidence portraying vulnerability, earnestness, wholesomeness, honesty, pride, good intentions, ambition, commitment and civic duty.

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