Kristi Swee Kuder: Down to the Wire

  • June 7th - July 12th
  • Reception: Thursday, June 7th, 5-7 pm

In response to the enigmatic state of mind that so fascinates her, sculptor and installation artist, Kristi Swee Kuder applies textile processes to wire and wire mesh to form her artistic expression. Originally from Breckenridge, Minnesota, Kristi received a BS in Art Education with a graphic design emphasis from Moorhead State College in 1975, and is a recent Women’s Art Institute alumni. After many years focusing on her graphic design career, Kristi now maintains a vibrant full time studio practice. An accomplished and awarded artist, Kristi has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is on the Battle Lake Art of the Lakes Board of Directors and maintains studios in Minneapolis and at Ottertail Lake.

Students of the Graffiti Workshop: Up in Studio K

  • June 19 - July 11
  • Reception: Saturday, June 23, 3-6 pm

For the past 6 months select students aged 11-18 from Fergus Falls and surrounding area schools have participated in a graffiti art workshop taught by Twin Cities based graffiti artist, Peyton Scott Russell. Within this show you will see examples of the students’ work.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Edlund Family Artists

  • July 17th - August 18th
  • Reception: Saturday, July 21st, 2-4 pm

Swedish immigrants Ivar and Kerstin Edlund arrived in the Fergus Falls area in 1889. Among their descendants are an unusually high number of artists who have been successful in diverse creative vocations including painters, potters, conceptual artists, photographers, filmmakers, architects, art teachers, and art professors as well as graphic, jewelry, fabric, and product designers. The group exhibits artwork from living and deceased Edlund artists and documents the professional careers of those working in related fields.

Naomi RaMona Schliesman: The Silver Lining

  • August 23rd - September 29th
  • Reception: Saturday, August 25th, 6-8 pm

As a child growing up in Fergus Falls, Naomi RaMona Schliesman learned how to use her hands and create objects from a variety of media early in her life. Her family’s frequent moves from home to home as well as her awareness of the disparate décor of home, school and church taught her the importance applying ornamentation and aesthetic to making a sense of space that says “home” or signifies the function of the space. Schliesman holds a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both with an emphasis in sculpture. She has received numerous awards and scholarships and has attended national and international residencies. She lives and works as Artist Development Director for Springboard of the Arts in Fergus Falls while continuing to show her work nationally and painting with her daughter Zara.

Scott Gunvaldson

  • October 4th - November 10th
  • Reception: Saturday, October 13th, 4-6 pm

Scott Gunvaldson is an artist, muralist, sign painter, and musician who works and resides in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He has been the beneficiary of a McKnight Fellowship in painting, two McKnight Grants, and a Minnesota Legacy Grant. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, including first place in the Fargo Plains Art Museum’s Red River Annual. His commissioned work includes large-scale art for Sanford Hospital and the City of Fargo. He has also painted portraits of local artists and musicians. He is a former student of Charles Beck and shares his mentor’s love for the landscape. In his paintings, Scott likes to look for that moment when the lighting transforms the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Bonita Roberts

  • November 15th - December 29th
  • Reception: TBD

Bonita Roberts lives, teaches and paints in a small town in Central Minnesota. She works in both oil and pastel and favors both landscape and portraiture. She began showing her drawings and pastels locally in the 1980s. In 1991 she was invited to show in an exhibit at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This show opened the door to invitations to other national exhibits, the most prestigious being the Masters Show at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, the Prix de West at the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the annual Western Visions Show at the Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole. Wyoming. Bonita’s work has been published in Southwest Art, Art of the West and International Artist magazines. She is currently exhibiting in the annual Masters Miniature at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Az. and has been invited to exhibit in the Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona.

Myron Sahlberg

  • November 15th - December 29th
  • Reception: TBD

As a youngster living in rural northwestern Minnesota, Myron Sahlberg longed to see a great painting with his own eyes. The summer he turned 17, his wish was granted when he saw great master paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Sahlberg says, “Learning to paint is one of my joys in life. Each day I GET TO PAINT is a great day! I thank God for making me an artist.” Sahlberg’s career includes illustration, teaching and oil painting. He paints commissioned portraits and other subjects for galleries and shows and has done many public painting and drawing demonstrations. He continues to exhibit his work both locally and nationally including at Art of the Lakes Gallery in Battle Lake, Minnesota and Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.