Karan Ouren: Connected

  • September 19th - October 21st
  • Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, October 12th, 5-7pm

Karan has been an artist working in acrylics since 2007, when she began painting floral, landscape and seascape artwork. In 2012 Karan’s focus turned to abstract art. She has always loved the abstract art of various artists and was determined to learn more about the art form as well as how these beautiful pieces were created.

Karan began by using techniques she had learned from her previous works, (successes and failures), and found that abstract art was not an easy art form. She would need to research and learn how to let go and loosen up when painting.

She began reading books by various artist and watching abstract painting tutorials, by practicing what the teaching artist was sharing she began to apply those very techniques to her own style of painting.

In Karan’s love for painting she found a freedom in the creation of abstract art. Discovering so many types of acrylic paints, mediums and tools that could be used in a piece of art became exhilarating. Inspired is not even close to expressing how she feels when she is painting. It is the experience, the process of working on a piece of art that brings the most enjoyment.

The current works from 2013-2017 are the results of her determination and experimentation in learning and working in the abstract form.



Eric A. Johnson: The Nature of Things

  • October 12th - November 18th
  • Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday, October 14th, 2-4pm

Printmaker Eric A. Johnson hails from just outside Fargo, North Dakota. One of the region’s most prolific artists, Johnson has created well over 150 prints in the last several years and has exhibited extensively in over fifty regional and national exhibitions. He holds a B.S. in Fine Art with a minor in Art History from North Dakota State University and a M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of North Dakota.

One of the region’s most prolific artists, his award-winning work is sought after by art collectors and cor- porate collections around the region. Art enthusiasts often recognize Johnson’s prints and comment on the brilliantly hued landscapes, a result of Johnson’s unique use of color in the reductive relief pro-
cess. Johnson’s work often draws from his active imagination, with images that run the gamut between slight abstraction and non-objective work. Recently, he has re-embraced realism, working from photos he has taken as his starting image and reimagining the reality in his hallmark bold and colorful style. Johnson draws inspiration from his kids, music, and his supportive and honest wife. His kids keep him young at heart, while his wife manages to push him outside is creative comfort zone. Music has always been an interest of Johnson, and he has in the past used song lyrics as inspiration for his work.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Lori Charest: 9 Ladies Dancing

  • November 22nd - January 5th
  • Reception: Saturday, December 9nd, 2-4pm

Lori Charest is a graduate of The University of North Dakota with concentrations in Ceramics and Fibers. After college, she and her husband, Mike opened a pottery store and studio on Otter Tail Lake called “The Potter-Daughter” (Her dad was a carpenter and they joked about going into business together calling it” The Pounder-Founder and The Potter-Daughter”) Her specialty is functional stoneware pottery with surface design. Lori makes the pots and decorates them and Mike does the glazing, firing and bookkeeping.

Lori began teaching on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2003. She teaches the Ceramics classes as well as 3D Design. She is the coordinator of The Empty Bowl Project which uses the artwork of her students and area potters to raise money for The Salvation Army with a luncheon served in ceramic bowls. She has also been involved in many area art projects in the communities and schools.

She knew that she was destined to be a potter when she could be found playing in the mud long past the age that most people are done making mud pies. She loves the feel of the clay in her hands as she forms a ball of clay into something beautiful and useful with the potter’s wheel. She uses a variety of surface design techniques to enhance the shapes of her work and enjoys trying new things and ways of working with clay.