Jona M. Brown

  • October 24th - December 15th
  • 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.


The Beck Effect: Work Inspired by Charles Beck

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

Charles Beck is one of the most recognized Minnesota artists. He was influenced by the landscape of Otter Tail County and the Scandinavian culture and values in which he grew up. He shared with us his unique yet identifiable interpretation of the landscape and nature of this region. Former students and other regional artists were invited to submit work that has been influenced or inspired by the artwork or character of Charles Beck. This exhibit gives viewers just a glimpse of the impact Charles Beck had on artists in this region, bringing to light the extent of The Beck Effect.

(Artwork pictured: Lone Tree by Jeffrey Thornton)

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

2018 Exhibition Schedule Will Be Revealed Soon!