The Edge of Water

Holly Swift

October 20 - November 24, 2018

The Edge of Water

For over 20 years, the North Shore of Lake Superior has been a favorite and frequently visited location for Holly Swift. Abstract and loosely painted on a framework of geometry, Swift’s work knits together scenes of the rugged North Shore landscape. The paintings in this exhibit reveal the many variations of weather and mood which make the North Shore so compelling.

At times, a soft palette illustrates the calm of a placid day. In other paintings, the interaction of line and color accentuate the fierce temperament of the wilderness. More than illustrations of a landscape, these paintings evoke the experience of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.

As the artist writes, “The North Shore of Lake Superior is a magnet, drawing me back each season. More recently, I have been captivated by the varied topography along the shoreline where I experience the waters rapid change from stillness to heaving waves. This past year, I have found new locations along the shore to observe the converging of natural elements; watching atmospheres of light, mist, fog, rain and waves unite and part. Working from observation, I enter into a silent but active discourse between materials, visual fluctuations, and my internal scape.”

A native of Illinois, Swift received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and moved to Minnesota in 1996. Swift’s work can be found in public and private collections throughout the region. This exhibit marks Swift’s first solo show at the Groveland Gallery.

The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, October 20 from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition runs concurrently with Along the Shoreline by Kit Wilson. Both shows continue through November 24, 2018.