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.