changing landscapes

I am pleased to be one of nine artists selected for Changing Landscapes: A Shift from Rural to Urban. The show opens Thursday, October 11 at Silverwood Gallery. Artists were asked to consider: where does nature exist in urban spaces?

My photographs focus on traces of nature against the backdrop of the built environment. Nature is always present. No place is without wind, weather, sky, sunlight.

Nature in an urban setting may be more subtle – not grand scenic vistas or true Wilderness but any phenomena that exists outside of human creation, however small or quotidian it may be. For instance…

A potpourri of leaves and flower petals in rich autumn colors appears painterly, blurred beneath the fountain’s moving water.

Four red leaves follow the mortar lines along an old brick wall.

A scattering of brilliant yellow leaves shine against a green manhole cover, bedecking the city sidewalk with its own autumn foliage.

These photographs express the idea that runs throughout my work – that nature, like beauty, can be found nearly anywhere; it only needs to be seen.

Changing Landscapes will be on view at Silverwood Gallery through November 30.

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playground

Happy to be included in this exhibition at Prøve Gallery in Duluth devoted to art that addresses the idea of PLAY. The show opens tomorrow night (Friday, September 14) with storytelling and local beers by Lake Superior Brewing. I won’t be able to make the party but I did enjoy checking out the space when I delivered my pictures last week.

Prøve Collective Gallery – Duluth, MN

My pictures address the idea of play in various ways. Several express the freedom, wonder and lust for life that are the soul of childhood.

Running with Bubbles

Rainmaker / Sweet

Others take a playful approach to familiar objects of play including iconic games and toys.

Chinese Checkers / Slinky / Beach Ball

The final image captures the hyper-playground of the carnival midway, super-saturated and a bit surreal.

Skyflyers

Playground at Prøve Gallery, Duluth, MN September 14 – September 30. Opening reception Friday, September 14 from 7 – 11pm.

news from the edge

Happy news from the Art on the Edge exhibition I posted last week. I was honored to have all three of my submissions accepted into the 8th Annual Juried show at the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork, MN. What a treat to visit this gallery- an amazing little gem on the edge of the wilderness!

We extended our stay at the lake a couple extra days so that we could attend the opening. I’m so glad we were there in person to meet Juror, Laura Goliaszewski, Director of the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University, and to accept the wonderfully unexpected surprise of winning first place for two-dimensional art! The winning piece is one of my favorites, and one you’ve seen here before:

Bicycle (Vélo) Under Glass

Read more about the show and see the other winners on the Edge Center’s blog.

art on the edge

During our time at the cabin, we’ll also be attending the opening reception for Art on the Edge, the 8th annual juried exhibition at Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork. If you ever find yourself on the edge of the wilderness, be sure to visit. We felt really lucky to catch a glimpse of the Joseph Geshick show, just as the paintings were coming off the walls.

Paint Spill

Bike Under Glass

Manhole Cover

Framed prints are 17×24 (frame dimensions 20×28), $350 each

Rail Corridor Show Ending Soon

Just a quick reminder that my show at Mill City Museum is ending soon. The main Growing Strong exhibit will be on view through July 22nd. But my fine art exhibition in the rail corridor ends June 24th. Once my pictures come down, we’ll be installing winning selections from the Growing Strong Art Contest. I was honored to co-curate this community art show. Stay tuned for some really great market-inspired artwork heading to the rail corridor in July!

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