Jona M. Brown

  • October 24th - November 25th
  • Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, November 16th, 5-7pm

After 30 years of working retail sales, building businesses, and raising 2 children, I decided to take some time to explore my artistic side in depth. I rediscovered oil painting, ink drawing, and watercolors. And I found something new – encaustic (painting with wax).
Throughout high school and college (NDSU – B.S. Interior Design, minor Bus. Admin.) I learned the techniques of many mediums. I found that I prefer to paint what I see in front of me rather than from memory or imagination. My style is more realistic, though I enjoy studying the impressionists.

I live in the lovely, historic C.J. Wright home (my great, great grandparent’s) soaring amongst the oaks planted by George B. Wright. These are my people and I am drawn toward their history and personal stories. I naturally delve into genealogy with great satisfaction and try to reflect some of that in my art.

Though many of my still life paintings are not based on real people, I did create them with certain types of solitary activities in mind. Within this fictional narrative, each of the physical items advance the story. I hope that you will see something in the paintings that will make you think of your own or other’s personal areas/activities and the intimate and revealing nature of those spaces.


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.