Dar Eckert— Raku Awakening

  • February 23 — April 13
  • Reception: Saturday, March 2, 4 — 6 pm

“I have always felt that I was born to be an artist. Life has taken me in different directions but art has always been an important part of my life. Similarly, I have always been close to nature and enjoy each season and its unique beauty. So it is not surprising that I have become a professional ceramic and sculpture artist whose primary influence is nature. I use clay, which is the earth itself and fire, one of its primary elements, for my work to reflect the environment that I am passionate about. I prefer to depict our region and nature seen every day but not always noticed.

Work is hand built with coils, slabs or sometimes wheel thrown then dried and fired once. The ceramic piece then becomes my canvas and I draw and glaze it. The final step, raku firing, is where the magic happens. Unexpected colors and copper blushes appear when the glowing hot piece is placed in pine boughs that burn and blacken the piece.  The completed work reflects nature and Minnesota through my eyes.”

Lewis Ableidinger — Driving Through Flyover Country

  • March 2 — March 30
  • Reception: Saturday, March 2, 4 — 6 pm

Lewis Ableidinger (b. 1983) is from the small town of Kensal (pop. 163), located in the central part of North Dakota. Early on he developed an appreciation for the subtleties of a region most people dismiss as “boring.” In 1998 he picked up a camera for the purpose of photographing old elevators. This led to day trips to find ghost towns with old elevators and eventually he started pointing his camera at other subjects, eventually broadening his interest to include all aspects of life in the American Midwest.

Lewis graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2007 with a BS in Graphic Communictaions and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Though photography was never his primary focus of study at MSUM he continued shooting and was able to study under Wayne Gudmundson, who broadened his understanding and appreciation of photography. Since 2008 Lewis has worked as a locomotive engineer for Canadian Pacific Railway but continues to pursue his interest in photography. Lewis currently resides in Harvey, ND.

Upcoming Exhibitions

John Cox — Amass/Sort/Adhere/Sever

  • April 17 - June 1

John Charles Cox was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1982. In 2004 Cox graduated from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota with an AA in Liberal Arts. Later that year, he moved back to Duluth to attend the University of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Studio Art Emphasis in 2006. Cox earned his Master of Fine Arts-Painting Emphasis from the University of South Dakota in 2010 and is currently an Instructor of Visual Arts at M State in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
Cox has shown his Artwork extensively over the past 8 years, participating in over 75 regional, national, and international exhibitions.

Nancy Valentine — Liminal Femininity

  • April 3 - April 30
  • Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5—7 pm

Nancy Valentine is a self-taught watermedium artist from Minnesota. Many of her works are created around the simplistic, the natural and the feminine form.