I had a great time at the Saint Paul Art Crawl and at the Northrup King Building’s Art Attack, but I am also just fine with my paintings coming home where they were born and where they look beautiful! My great friend Mary E told me once, “Always paint what u love, cuz if it doesn’t sell make sure u would be pleased to have it hanging on your wall. I love these paintings, so I am okay with that. I also love the ones that sold and am happy about that, don’t get me wrong! But I welcome these with loving arms. Now to get ready for the holiday show and Winter Carnival……
Excited to be a part of this show: Natural Heritage Project: In Your Element
The premise: Warning, this is no ordinary exhibition. Each artist selected to participate will be provided with unique GPS coordinates and asked to commit to one hour immersed in the assigned environment (don’t worry, you will have an opportunity to let us know your preferred method of transport and we will find the perfect coordinates just for you).
Such a cool call for an art adventure. I thought, I’m going to do this!!! I loved the sense of mystery and the randomness of the GPS coordinates; I had no idea where I was going. My husband and I packed up the car and followed the coordinates across Minnesota. I was excited as we got nearer and passed Saint Cloud, my curiosity was building. I was so surprised that my site turned out to be a bog! I use to hate bogs, but this was beautiful. It was the St Wendel Tamarack Bog, here is a link to more information about the site: St Wendel . From my childhood memories at Camp Ojiketa, bogs were smelly and bug filled, this was enchanting and mesmerizing with the layers of flora. Now after painting there, I have adjusted my attitude and opened my eyes to the beauty of bogs.
I visited twice and was so entranced by the solitude, the quiet moments of lone birds singing their beautiful songs, and the random animal encounters. The encounters I enjoyed, because they met my intrusiveness into their habitat full on with their dominant personalities, “Excuse me! (I’m a bug, a vole, a bird, a dog) I have this is my territory and I have business here that I am engaged in, please move aside!” I was the outsider that had to be a guest in their home. They allowed me to paint their sanctuary and I loved what I captured. St Wendel is a place of beauty and unexpected beauty, please take an adventure and visit!
Join us to view original works by artists tasked with exploring and observing nature within an assigned environment. Perhaps a beaver pond in William O’Brien State Park or the Light Rail on the corner of Snelling and University Avenue. No matter where they are sent, they will create a piece based on their recollection of the time spent within it, providing us clues to their surroundings. Along with each piece listen to audio directly from the artists as they speak about their experience and divulge their location.
Katy Dika – Providence, Rhode Island
Amy Clark – Saint Paul, Minnesota
Terra Rathai – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Laura Ahola-Young – Pocatello, Idaho
Nicholas Klofkorn – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kristie Kaiser Frudden – Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Deanna Grigus – Hudson, Wisconsin
Kay Raabe – Saint Paul, Minnesota
Kristin Maija Peterson – Eagan, Minnesota
Cena O’Brien – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mary Beth Garrigan – Saint Paul, Minnesota
Susanna Gaunt – Duluth, Minnesota
Madeleine Althoff – Stillwater, Minnesota
David Andree – Fayetteville, Arkansas
Britta Anderson – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stefanie Kiihn – Roseville, Minnesota