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

Friday, April 28, 2017

In the Windows: Betsy Dollar


I've known Betsy Dollar for many years now. She has shown with Susan Hensel Gallery since at least 2006.
Betsy is a papermaker who works LARGE! The piece in the windows is from sprayed abaca. Spraying paper pulp allows Besty to work seamlessly large. Learn more about Betsy Dollar.  Drive by at night for a spectacular view.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

IN THE WINDOWS: Have a Giggle WIth Joan Kloiber

Want to giggle?  Come by the windows on Cedar.

Joan Says: 

My intention with these artworks is to provoke a laugh, a smile, a warm heart, even a giggle; to lift the spirit, to brighten the day.  Nothing more, nothing profound -  but then, isn’t a smile profound ?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IN THE WINDOWS: Mary Alterman

Artist Statement:
“The aim of art is to present not the outward appearance of things but their inward
significance.” Aristotle
As an artist, I celebrate and return to the spirit, the spiritual, the joy that is the longing in
my gut, which informs my gestures and movement. Like a musician, I paint from every
part of myself, body, heart, mind and soul.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Call for Participation: Inauguration: Acts of Resistance, Acts of Kindness

Signs at First Presbyterian Church, Marshall, MI

The history of Susan Hensel Gallery is one of community-based events that tend toward political activism.  The gallery opened in the election year of 2004 with shows that dealt with electoral politics, the war in Iraq, dreams for peace.  I retired from gallery work several years ago to return to studio practice.

With the looming presidency of Donald Trump, I'm at it again.  I cannot remain quiet.  So, for one night only, I am planning a community event in the gallery/studio.  Would you like to be part of it?

I will re-open Susan Hensel Gallery for one night:

Inauguration: Acts of Resistance, Acts of Kindness
Jan 20, 2017
6-10 pm
Susan Hensel Gallery

An art exhibition with signmaking, button making, poetry reading, music and potluck in the "gallery" space.

It is planned to be a wide ranging evening, appropriate for many ages that will include the opportunity to exhibit protest art; make and take yard signs that support a more positive focus; make and take buttons to remind people to "remember another way" that does not include misogyny, xenophobia and bigotry and, of course, there will be food.

I'm in contact with surrounding art businesses, poets and musicians to see if they want to join in an evening of revelry, turning Cedar Ave into the place to be on Inauguration night.

So, what do you think?  Do you want to join me?

You are invited to show one or two pieces of art, wall art preferred, that speak to the current times.
Most work will be shown. The only limitations are space in the gallery/studio and a requirement that work be non-violent in imagery.
There are no fees of any kind.  Donations toward materials gratefully accepted (I have a budget of @ $300 for the sign making and button making materials.) Sales are allowed, but not necessarily expected.
Please deliver art ready to hang on Wednesday, Jan 18-19, 3pm-7pm, If you are sending work from far away, I encourage you to send free stuff/mail art, things that do not need to be returned. It is only one night, afterall. Otherwise, send prepaid return shipping labels. 
Robust social media, local and national press releases, Susan Hensel Gallery blog and website.

For promotional purposes, as soon as possible, send a large jpg (1920pixels on the long side) of representative work and any info that would help me write about you and your work to

My goal is to begin to create pathways for positive resistance within our community. Art is my protest.  It is what I do and have always done. Join me if you wish.

Thanks for considering this idea!

Susan Hensel
Susan Hensel Gallery
3441 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Friday, September 2, 2016

IN THE WINDOWS Mississippi River: Water Washes

I met Annie Hejny last summer, during the Women's Art Institute at St. Kate's.  She began this series of paintings then, collecting river water and combining them with her paints.  A subtle, worshipful consideration of the value of our water supply.  These paintings, that will be up through October, are especially beautiful at night.   Come by at night to see them glow.

Mississippi River: Water Washes

Annie Hejny was born in St. Paul and studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine
University, earning a double-major B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art with honors (2012).
Participating as a mentor and artist in the Twin Cities community, she has volunteered with Free Arts
Minnesota, blankslate theater, VISION and founded the PAINT Project, a collaboration between local
establishments to implement mural painting events in 10 countries during 2010-2013. Since 2014,
Annie is a member of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and the Women's Art
Resources of Minnesota (WARM).

As an emerging visual artist, she intentionally explores the spaces from her daily life and larger travels to create highly-saturated paintings. Recent exhibitions include Art-A-Whirl (Minneapolis, MN), 6x6x2015 (Rochester, NY) and One Wall (Chicago, IL).

She currently resides in St. Paul and works at the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. Last summer she participated in the Women's Art Institute at St. Catherine University. Most recently, she converted her single-stall garage into Gallery Three, a pop-up exhibition space for local artists.