Monday, October 8, 2018

IN THE WINDOWS-Lynda Angelis

“Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient”
-     St. Thomas Aquinas

In abstract painting, the subject is rarely important to the viewer: it is the painting itself - its colors, shapes and textures- that arrest the eye.  To say that a painting is strong is a compliment. Its strength may come from the combination of its colors or subject matter or something subtle that not all viewers will feel.

I am deeply motivated by the concept of abstract expressionism.  I find this genre without borders and as valid and alive as when it was first explored by the great pioneers of modern art.
I create my own vision of this exploration and utilize what to me is true urban and sometimes is very much reminiscent of street art.  My approach to a painting is unplanned, spontaneous and often accidental. It is multilayered with many untold stories underneath the finished paintings.

“A craftsman knows in advance what the result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it.”


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In The Windows- Geometric Events!

Susan Hensel
A single stitch is made by stretching a thread between two holes. The line formed by it can be loose or tight. It can be thick or thin, depending on the diameter of the thread. It can be long or so short that it barely exists. But, it can never exist as more than a single defined geometric event, a sort of singularity. The combinations of these singularities create planes, lines, forms, and geometrical space.

Since recieving a Jerome Foundation Project Grant for Textile Art in 2014, my intense media focus has been on digitizing for machine embroidery. The process is highly technical, using several software packages that can only be described as a nonintuitive cross between Photoshop and Illustrator.

Digital embroidery lends itself to the study of geometry.  The combination of high tech with "women's work" provides a delicious contrast of hard/soft, nostalgic/current, objective/non-objective. It also lends itself to modular repetition and re-combinations. Themes can be played out quickly in the computer and then stitched and sampled oh so slowly on the machine; combined with and without mixed media in a wide-ranging exploration of forms in space.  

In this chaotic time, digital textiles seem like a way to begin to bring order to the world. Order is, however, always unstable, a glimmer of a hope, cut off by random acts of chance or intent. It is no different in digital embroidery.  In the computer, all things seem orderly, put together, and logical... as though the human propensity for chaos did not exist.  In the production, chance operates: human error, flawed thread, broken needles, run out bobbins, high humidity, low humidity, fabric popping out of hoops and the panicked phone call from a friend.  Repair savvy, canny attention and a spirit of wabi sabi is essential.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

COMING SOON! Special Event: Jennifer A. Schultz and WHERE WE COME FROM

This is a one time only special event!

March 16-May 18, 2018

Where We Come From/Jennifer A. Schultz

Reception Friday March 16, 7-9pm. 

WHERE WE COME FROM is an exhibit of small books created by artists from Buffalo, MN as well as bookworks by Jennifer A. Schultz. Each explores the ways in which landscape- the physical place we live, the places our people come from- helps determine our identity.  Buffalo artists participated in two bookmaking workshops taught by Schultz at Wright County Historical Society last August.

Jennifer A. Schultz was a recipient of the 2017 Minnesota Artists initiative Grant. She led workshops in Buffalo, MN, collecting stories and teaching people how to put their stories into book form.  

This weekend event is your opportunity to see what's been cooking up in Buffalo and to enjoy seeing more of Jennifer's work in the Window Gallery.

Monday, February 12, 2018

IN THE WINDOWS: Adepts, Accidents, and Anecdotes by Tom Roark

I've known Tom pretty much since I moved to Minneapolis in 2004.  He is a neighbor, a gardener, a kind volunteer, a writer, a rock and roll guy, an aspirant permaculturist and he draws with me, and a bunch of other people,  once a week.

In 2008, Tom saw twenty Robert Shetterly The paintings portrayed Americans from Sojourner Truth to Martin Luther King. All spoke loudly for justice, peace, and truth.

He felt that peace happens for reasons beyond good intentions and wanted to look closely at thinkers and doers who either cultivated the conditions for peace, or, sometimes, stood as exemplars of what not to do.

He write “Faces of Wisdom” for Duluth’s Zenith City Weekly Zenith City News. Each column is accompanied by a portrait drawings.  Some of those — and a few other pictures — are included in this display. 

His drawings will be in the windows until mid March.  Do come by.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

In the Windows: Raven Miller's Other Worlds

Raven Miller has brought some much needed color and sun to the windows at 3441 Cedar Ave. S.  Whether standing at the bus stop or driving by, there is much to see. It is positively jewel like at night!

He has said of the show:


This series of watercolors on both board and handmade paper is the result of several years of developing different techniques of using waterbased pigments.

I have always be drawn to abstracts and created this work based on my fascination with the colors of the arid landscapes of southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. I wanted to experiment with the idea of what it would be like looking up deep
within the water or high above the Earth. I wanted a different perspective of the world around me.

Raven Miller


Monday, September 11, 2017

IN THE WINDOWS: Small Studies: Art Quilts

Now through Halloween

Small Studies: Art Quilts

Gwen Schagrin

These small art quilts continue the investigation of experimenting with color, shape and composition in fabric that I began in 2015.  

In earlier works, abstracting specific images (often architectural or landscape) drove the process. 

In the pieces now on view, I worked somewhat differently, often striving to create a visual representation of a feeling in reaction to an event, place, or concept. Some works are experiments in combining form, mass, color, and using  close hues, an effect which fascinates me. Trying to paint abstractly using pieced fabric continues to inform how I work.

The teaching and works of  Jean Wells, Rayna Gillman, Gwen Marston, and Pam Beal have inspired and guided me. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

In the Windows: Ceramic Sculpture by Pauline Mitchell and Patricia Haynes

Patricia Haynes

Pauline Mitchell

Patricia Haynes:

Drawing and painting have been abiding interests of mine since childhood. In dozens of classes, I have benefited from a group of magnetic teachers; I experimented with a wide range of media and subject matter under their tutelage. Eventually, life drawing became my primary focus.

Then, in 1999, enrollment in a pottery class was unexpectedly inspiring. I was introduced not only to a new medium, but more importantly, to an unexplored perspective. Quickly bored with the idea of throwing a perfect pot, I rolled out slabs of clay. Designing three dimensional forms with these slabs left me breathless with excitement. And, the discovery of clay's responsive qualities gave me pure joy. The soft surface begged for shaping and texture. My years of studying the human form enabled me to reach into a new world. Earthenware forced and enabled me to develop new ways of thinking about how to express the figure. That combination of figure drawing and the magic of clay led to this body of work. I am constantly challenged and surprised by each new piece.

Pauline Mitchell: ONE IN EIGHT

"One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breastcancer during her lifetime.”-National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

I am a survivor. On Valentine’s Day in 1995 I had a bi-lateralradical mastectomy. Why radical? I wanted the cancer out, now!

For a long time, it was difficult to look at myself in a mirror. Oneday I accepted that these are my battle scars and I had earned them.Battling with cancer changes a person.

Before surgery I would take a long time getting to know people.Sometimes, so much time, that I never did get to know them. Aftersurgery, I realized that my time might be very short and I didn’thave the time to wait or to be shy.
I have learned to make decisions and make them fairly quickly.

My goal is to live one day at a time.

Why this body of work? To heal…and to share with others whohave been on the same journey