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Gallery St. Germain Hours
Wednesday – 11am-5pm
Thursday – 11am-5pm
Friday – 11am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-2pm
When Home Won’t Let You Stay
Exhibition runs from August 1-September 1 Reception: August 23 from 6-9pm
At Paramount Lobby
When Home Won’t Let You Stay is a poignant traveling photography exhibition and community conversation series about refugees in America by St. Paul, MN-based documentary artist James A. Bowey. It provides a new perspective on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. The number of globally displaced people has risen dramatically in recent years and is expected to continue to rise in response to ongoing conflicts, poverty, and climate change. International and national events have prompted debates in communities across the country about our duty to refugees, our American roots, and national identity. The traveling exhibition consists of contemporary color portraits accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the plight and resiliency of refugees working to make a new home in this country. For more detailed information, please visit the website whenhomewontletyoustay.org.
An artist reception and community conversation will be held on August 23rd at 6 pm for all to attend. Mark your calendar and check unitecloud.org/refugee-art for registration details.
An Inkling by Artist Marty Harris
August 9 – September 1 Reception: Friday, August 10 from 6-8pm
At Gallery St. Germain
Everything in this show begins with ink, raw, unforgiving, seductive, glorious black ink. This is the first, most obvious connection to the title of the exhibition. One of the great joys of ink drawing is trying to make use of inevitable accidents. Ink’s assault against control is incessant. What is left of a picture when ink decides to go its own way? I just follow the ink and try to keep a picture alive as long as I can. That’s all I know for sure.
I invite you to zoom in, to put your nose right up to any one of my pictures. Spend one minute, sixty seconds focused on the marks. This is where I live. In my best drawings, every mark is a character. Every stroke is evocative. Each landscape setting, still life arrangement, and portrait situation is a springboard to a more abstract response. If any of these pictures strike you as strictly representational I encourage you to get a little closer…closer…to see the drawings within the drawings. A group of inky strokes may bring to mind charming vignettes of humanity or brief plotless tales of nature’s wonder. With your mind’s eye rapt by a small ensemble of marks, the rest of the image may stretch away, far away, like a vast wilderness. In my very best drawings, the marks break apart into abstraction, reassemble into a landscape, and break apart again and again. This is what has made picture making live for me.
“Just for a second there, I thought I saw something move.”
Things Have Changed, Bob Dylan
There is “AN INKLING” of something new in this show. Three or four years ago I hatched a plan to create art, enter shows, frame one piece at a time, and collect framed pieces for a solo exhibition. The planned work beautifully. This is not that show. This is mostly a new group of work, and something is creeping in. Beyond the mark making, there may be hints of narrative in the work. A deer, a duck, a crabby goose, are inklings. There are a couple of scapes in this show that seems to beg for a hero, a St. George (and the Dragon), a Maccabee or two.
There is another inkling. The work becoming more abstract. I am becoming more willing to turn images around, cut them apart, mix them, and match them to see what kind of new image might reveal itself. In a few of the images, the inspiration for the background and the method are completely different from other layers of the image. As an example, one image began as a loose, color oil painting of a friend’s “compost of the day” post on Instagram. The second layer is a black and white monoprint of foliage combined with sampled architecture drawn with pastel. By “sampled”, I mean stolen. Eventually, the picture became a kind of gnarly suburban landscape, with human-made forms commingling with natural forms.
The outcome of this process gets me thinking that an artist may seriously aim at creating synesthetic events, where visual cues may trigger other senses. A visual may conjure a very real scent of mildew, or the feel of humidity, or the taste of a mushroom. Google it. Another inkling is of pictures may filling in where knowledge is lacking or has been stashed in the subconscious. Picture making can conjure history where history has been lost.
I hope this show inspires a good and lasting memory for you.
If interested in exhibiting at any one of our gallery spaces, please provide the following in an email to our Gallery Manager, Laura Ruprecht at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our selection process consists of advisory committee members from the Paramount that meet twice a year to determine upcoming exhibitions.
McKnight Foundation awarded a two-year $90,000 grant to the Paramount Center for the Arts. The McKnight Foundation grant allows the Paramount to operate an auxiliary exhibition space across from the Paramount in the Regency Building, 912 West St. Germain in downtown St Cloud and support the continuation and expansion of the Paramount’s public art program. Hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday – Friday, and Saturday’s: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. “Gallery St Germain” features Minnesota artists who demonstrate a high level of professional achievement.
About The McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. In 2012, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $85 million. Of that total, about 10% went to support an environment in which artists are valued leaders in our community, with access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.
For dimensions of the gallery space, please contact our Gallery Manager, Laura Ruprecht at email@example.com.
PARAMOUNT THEATRE LOBBY
Located in the historic Paramount Theatre Lobby, this exhibition space was created as part of the 1998 renovation and showcases two-dimensional artwork.
PARAMOUNT STUDIO C
Within our Visual Arts Studios, Studio C is a multi-functional room that can also be used as an exhibition space for both 2D and 3D work.
For more information on Gallery Saint Germain, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Laura Ruprecht at (320)257-5929, or complete the contact form below. Hours of the Gallery are: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday - Friday, and Saturday's: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.