C. Beck: New Work

  • July 1st - 31st
  • Reception: Tuesday, July 11th, 3-6pm

Charles Beck paints every day. An unfinished painting motivates him.  A blank canvas waiting for an idea can sometimes be a frustration.  He may ask, ‘What should I do now?’ when he needs inspiration for a new piece. 

Beck’s latest paintings, completed since the summer of 2016, show a new style, with a hint of something familiar.

For the past several years, Beck has been using acrylic paint to make nature come alive on his canvas. His first endeavors with acrylics included works with delightful trees bedecked in colorful flowers. This was certainly a new direction in his style after working so many years carving and printing woodcuts. 

His more recent images of stunning sunsets, snowfalls, lone trees with blazing colors, all interpret the sights around us.  Many of his recent works also include his signature trees, some done with ink pen.   These landscapes resemble the depth and texture we find in his woodcuts.

No longer inspired by his frequent drives in the countryside, Beck now draws ideas from his memory – with images he has stored away in his mind.  A few have been inspired by new sightings, such as the “super moon” he viewed in November 2016 near Underwood while out for a ride in the countryWithin days of seeing the super moon ascend from the horizon, that moon became the focal point of several paintings. 

Beck admits that his artwork is what keeps him going.  Coming up with subject material and his creativity give him energy.  

As viewers, we see images of his past work but also a new dimension inspired by nature.

Impact: An Exploration of Mental Illness

  • July 6th - August 1st
  • Reception: Saturday, July 15th, 2-4pm

Leading up to the Mindful exhibition from the Society for Contemporary Craft, the Kaddatz will host an open call exhibit based on the same theme, engaging regional artists in the conversation about the impact of mental illness on individuals, families, and societies.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

  • August 8th - October 7th
  • Reception: Tuesday, August 15th, 5-7pm

A traveling exhibition from the Society for Contemporary Craft.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental illnesses account for a larger proportion of disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. In 2004, an estimated 25% of adults in the United States reported having a mental illness in the previous year. However, unlike cancer and heart disease, which have become widely discussed in the public sphere, mental disorders remain hidden behind a wall of secrecy, leading to stigma, misunderstanding and neglect.

In order to bring this subject to light, Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is focusing public attention on this important topic through the traveling exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art.

Featuring 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists, with an emphasis on the topics of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and PTSD, the exhibition explores the impact that mental illness has on society, and how the arts can encourage positive self- expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment.

Mindful will be a featured exhibit during the 2017 Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend, and throughout the fall of 2017, and is hosted by Springboard for the Arts, the Kaddatz Gallery and the Lake Region Arts Council.

Eric A. Johnson

  • October 12th - November 18th
  • Reception: TBD

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.

Lori Charest

  • November 22nd - Early January
  • Reception: TBD

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.