Gallery Exhibit September 17 – October 24
galleries hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.
Friday, September 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
“Foreign places, those far-flung places in all corners worldwide and places newly discovered nearby. Natural places deep in the forest and my own backyard. Sacred places far from home and the neighbor’s house of my childhood. My work is place-based, visual stories told through color and pattern, connecting other times and other cultures with my personal life lessons …” – Dawn Zero Erickson (Red Wing, Minn.)
Ekphrasis: Sister Arts II
The definition of Ekphrasis used for this exhibition is “visual arts and poetry in conversation”. Creators of these “sister arts” were given the unique opportunity to collaborate or to react to one another’s finished piece to create new work for this show. This is the second Ekphrasis exhibit presented by The Phipps and curated by Lee Kisling, Lana Sjoberg, and Margaret Welshons.
Participating Visual Artists:
Ta-coumba Aiken, Barb Bend, Ron Brown, Gary Carlson, MaryAnn Carlson, Sebastian Rivera Cintron, Nancy Condon, Renee and Jim Engebretson, Stephanie Howell, Kyle Fokken, Kate Gomez, Steve Johnson, Lissa Karpeh, Fawzia Khan, David Markson, Geno Okok, Susan Penman, David Raven, Raghda Skeik, Lana Sjoberg, Jill Van Sickle, Moira Villiard, Mary Welke, and Ian Welshons
David Baldwin, Crystal Brown, Doc Burkard, Paula Cisewski, Susan Crouse, Michael Kleber-Diggs, MP Flandrick, John Graber, Hawona Sullivan Jenzen, Jan Johnson, Lee Kisling, Jeanne Lutz, Su Love, Anne Piper, TR Smith, and Isaac Yerry
Opening Night Poetry Reading
Friday, September 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Listen to the poets from Ekphrasis: Sister Arts II read their poems as images of the artwork inspired by or related to the poetry is simultaneously projected onto a large screen.
“I’ve always been interested in deceptively simple subjects in my work as a still life painter. I love the challenges of composition and of representing nature – real or man-made. I choose the ingredients carefully and I really enjoy putting together the puzzle of color, shape, pattern and texture that go into each piece.” – Suzanne Howe (Robbinsdale, Minn.)
“My work is a culmination of many components yet are constrained within traditions of functional pottery… I aim to be an observer to all the ‘problems’ that arise in my work and hope that I am open enough to consider what it is attempting to tell me. There is a certain beauty working in this way. It forces me to think critically about what I can do in my work. In my mind, problem solving is a huge element of art making and finding the ‘answers’ is what keeps me going.” – Nate Saunders (Minneapolis, Minn.)
“When I create art, I feel a connection to light and energy, and I hope those who view my art feel that same connection. I create nature-based designs that are fluid and relaxed, hoping to inspire a feeling of inner stillness and peace.
I also create complex geometric patterns, focusing on precision and detail, hoping to evoke that feeling of awe that one feels when in the presence of God.” – Kristin Dieng (Plymouth, Minn.)
A Passion for Photography
An exhibition by members of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club
The Western Wisconsin Photography Club is comprised of photography enthusiasts from Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. The purpose of the club is to provide educational opportunities as well as an open and informal environment for sharing ideas and skills relating to both the technical aspects and the art of photography.