Northern Light

Northern Light illustrates the affection both artists and viewers of art hold for our northern landscape. From the woods and lakes of the Boundary Waters, to the rolling hills and waterways flowing into the Mississippi from the Driftless Region, the big skies and prairies along the North and South Dakota border, and the patterned farmlands across the center of the country, artists find an endless source of inspiration here.

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Plein Air SmackDown IX

The Plein Air SmackDown returns for its 9th year. On Saturday, August 10th, 25 gallery and guest artists will be painting “en plein air” at Coldwater Spring, a section of the National Park located south of Minnehaha Falls. During the event visitors will have access to the park including the restored prairie and wetland, the trails, and the ruins of the springhouse.

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Excerpts from My Mighty Journey and Other Ephemera

My Mighty Journey is the story of St. Anthony Falls, the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, and the changes it witnessed over twelve thousand years. Written by John Coy and illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec, the narrative is written from the perspective of the falls. It recounts the people who lived nearby, the ways they lived, and how the area around the waterfall changed drastically over the past two centuries. Selected illustrations from My Mighty Journey will be on exhibit as well selections from Schanilec’s two most recent artist’s books: A Little Book of Birds and A Little Book of Flowers.

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Crosby Farm Park: Autumn

In this new series of work, Joyce Lyon has created a visual record of Crosby Farm Regional Park, a stretch of public land along the Mississippi River south of Shepherd Road in St. Paul. The park’s name is derived from Thomas Crosby who first homesteaded the land in 1858. Today, Crosby Farm Regional Park is the largest natural park in Saint Paul’s system of parks. Composed mostly floodplain forest, Lyon’s paintings recount her walks through the park in October of 2018, when many of the trails were flooded.

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The Hill That Walked Away

For over 44 years, Dan and Lee Ross have worked side-by-side creating art from initial designs to finished prints and sculptures. Their home and studio is located in Hovland, Minnesota, a small town on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Living in northern Minnesota and along the lake has had a dramatic impact on their work. Recent adventures to the Atlantic Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador have also had an influence.

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Chain of Lakes

Justin Terlecki’s colorful depictions of everyday life take the viewer on an intimate tour of the ordinary. Pulling from quiet observation, public spectacle and human relationships, Terlecki’s scenes range from local celebrations and family dynamics to snapshots of the city. As the artist explains, “Travel and my immediate surrounding inspire me to explore the atmosphere and mood of specific places in time. I enjoy the process of building immersive compositions with details of everyday life using the perspective of multiple vantage points and the combination of both the real and the imagined.”  

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Land Shapes

Barbara McIlrath’s current body of work is centered on two locations: the village of Old Frontenac which sits along the Mississippi and the rural Hicks Valley which neighbors McIlrath’s studio and home in Pepin. For McIlrath, the artistic process begins when she first becomes aware of a unique feature in the landscape. She then spends time lingering and wrestling with her observations. Ultimately, McIlrath comes full circle by creating the painting and revealing something new.

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Painting in Place

The paintings in this exhibition illustrate places and objects that populate Fred Anderson’s everyday life, from still lifes to street corners. Taken as a group, this exhibition acts as a painter’s journal, a record of memorable encounters with light, composition, and landscape. Anderson approaches his subjects, whether interiors, exteriors, or still lifes, in the same manner – painting in place. He begins and finishes his paintings on site, sometimes returning to the same place at the same time over several days.

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Circling Back

For Joshua Cunningham, this new body of work encapsulates a season spent returning with fresh eyes to familiar scenes in search of the unfamiliar. Cunningham is seeking out the landscapes that have been described in stories shared by strangers, neighbors, and friends. He sees this exhibition as a season of circling back. Work for this show began after the artist’s father’s death in 2017. His father had been a fervent supporter of his work, and Cunningham leaned into painting as a way of keeping close to his father’s memory.

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Fascinators

Fascinators by Ellen Heck is a series of portraits in which the sitters are wearing Möbius strips and other mathematical or paradoxical figures as hats. Reminiscent of fascinators, these forms could only be worn and held convincingly in the two-dimensional world of the print. Using combinations of woodcut, drypoint on copper, and hand painting, the flatness of the figures is contrasted with the dimensionality of their headpieces. A narrative begins to open up between the adorned female figures and the Möbius, used by the artist as a physical manifestation of abstract or invisible concerns.

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Root Down

Amy Rice’s artwork presents wildlife at its fullest. Her affection for the outdoors manifests itself in vibrant reds, yellows, purples, blues and greens – from rolling fields of flowers ready to be gathered to isolated flora depicted stem, root, and all. Having studied the anatomy of flowers and invested time into growing her own, Rice’s work is both a study and celebration of her wild subjects.

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Sense of Place

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition was curated in collaboration with the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine. The show coincides with the November-December 2018 Sense of Place edition of this popular magazine which is published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Both the magazine and the exhibition will feature artwork by eleven Groveland Gallery artists each of whose artwork takes inspiration from the natural world that surrounds us and defines Minnesota.

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Along the Shoreline

As the titled implies, for this exhibition Kit Wilson has focused her attention along the shoreline. Near water is where she is most at home and where Wilson has long found the subject matter for her paintings. Water in all forms and during all seasons captures her attention. With a sharp eye and near photo realist paint handling, she examines various bodies of water and shorelines – a languid velvety lake on a summer night, crusty ice along the edge of a river, or a hypnotic assortment of smooth rocks and pebbles recently washed by a wave.

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