Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 4:30 p.m.
As well as one hour before and during performances in the theater.
The center will be closed Thursday, November 22; Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25; and Tuesday, January 1.
Natasha Pestich – Gallery One
“I create fictional archives, artifacts and site-based interventions that address social realities, such as the drawbacks of progress, the effects of institutional frameworks on cultural production and the influence of publicly held ideals on private values. My images and objects are often amassed together representing complex mythologies that take up an entire gallery…”
– Natasha Pestich (Columbia Heights, Minn.)
Samual Weinberg – Gallery Two
“These paintings feature a series of variations on a single recurring character called the Pink Man/Pink Men. They are cartoonishly rendered fleshy beings that are wide-eyed, like children, seemingly amazed by whatever befalls them; mischievously engaging in any number of contests, past-times and interactions that draw equally from art historical, television, and film references.”
– Samual Weinberg (St. Paul, Minn.)
Karlyn Atkinson Berg – Gallery Three
“Sometimes I start with a theme or idea, but my collages are not preconceived, or predetermined and always change as I work. The materials are cut up and fragments are reassembled to create and transform the materials into a new pictorial reality, which, like surrealism, may result in a juxtaposition of several simultaneous, but unrelated realities.”
– Karlyn Atkinson Berg (Bovey, Minn.)
Randall Richard Rogers – Riverview Gallery
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Over the last five years or so, that has taken the form of large-scale, intimate, photorealistic drawings of hands. As such, I have been fascinated with the stories our hands tell … beginning of course with my own. Stories of loss, restraint, suffering, fear and calm. I have found with the large drawings, which often take months to complete, I have time to remember, to revere.”
– Randall Richard Rogers (Brooklyn Center, Minn.)
David Ekdahl – Overlook Gallery
“My initial inspiration for teaching myself to carve was to try making my own version of an Australian aboriginal totem. They would stick these in their campsite when they left to inform the next occupants what it was like to live there. That was my jumping off point – now, of course, the whole thing has gotten wildly out of hand … Maybe I’m a Midwestern aborigine, but since I live in the modern world, these carvings are my version of an ethno-tribal folk art for the urban village.”
– David Ekdahl (St. Paul, Minn.)
Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley – Overlook Gallery
A partnership with Northern Clay Center presents Janel Jacobson and Will Swanson Janel Jacobson and Will Swanson have nurtured and encouraged one another’s love for making pottery since they met in 1984. They work together out of Sunrise Pottery in Sunrise, Minn., where they create pottery for regional and national shows, as well as for annual studio events, including the Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour in May and their Fall Sale in October. Swanson’s focus is on making tableware mainly using stoneware clay. Jacobson makes a broad assortment of functional pieces from both porcelain and stoneware clays.
“Studio ceramics has changed and blossomed a great deal since I began making pottery in 1970 and carving porcelain from the mid-1980’s to 1995 …I currently enjoy using porcelain clay while making useful pots, and continue to pursue developing forms that may be gently reshaped, carved and textured to be enhanced with celadon glazes; or to serve as a canvas for active, responsive carbon trapping glazes.”
– Janel Jacobson
“In all my pots, I want the character of the earth materials and the hand-making process to be evident. The best of these pots should attain a satisfying simplicity while conveying the uniqueness of the handmade object.”
– Will Swanson
Meet these artists and learn more about their work at a free gallery talk on Friday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m., followed by a galleries reception from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley is a partnership with Northern Clay Center aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists living and working throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This exhibition of work by Janel Jacobson and Will Swanson concludes the series.