Tuesday, April 3 – Saturday, April 28 Public Reception – Meet the Artist: Monday, April 23 from 6-8pm
At Paramount Lobby
A paper collage series honoring black excellence and contribution in our community by Artist Sarah Drake
Although I’ve been a painter & mixed media artist for many years, because of health issues, I took up paper collage in November 2016. As such, I’m still learning this new technique and what it means to me as a creator, but already know I prefer ripping paper to cutting. At first, I ripped because it was easier on my pained body, but then it became cathartic. What I found was that the rips began to have representation; I was tearing away at the layers of the issues I talk about in my artwork like racism, water and sanitation access, and women’s rights. Once torn, the paper became like puzzle pieces of rebuilding and restructuring into an aesthetic that imagines what could be if these issues didn’t exist. However, even when we dismantle the many facets of institutional racism and socio-economic exploitation, things aren’t smooth and pretty. There are still scars of the past, which the rugged look of ripped paper in my artwork represents.
When I was invited to exhibit artwork December 2017-February 2018, I began to wonder what I’d create. Kwanzaa, MLK Jr Day and Black History Month occurred during the exhibition, coupled with the new realization about my paper ripping, I was inspired to create a body of artwork about African and African American women. The goal was to show black women from our community in artwork, positively without stereotypes, and the impact they are making in my life and lives of others. I also wanted black women to see themselves in and own the artwork. I decided to expand the series to tell stories of overlooked, unseen, misunderstood, misrepresented, black women and it grew to included not only women from central MN, but Burkina Faso and celebrity black women who work for social justice. The series grew to include men based on inspirations from Colin Kaepernick taking a knee, police and gun violence, and other issues that plague black men and boys. This series is a learning opportunity for the viewer to see people in our community through my eyes, perspectives and lived experiences. I hope viewers leave inspired to take action against discrimination, having learned something about our diverse and beautiful community, and remember the beautiful contributions black people give to our lives every day, not just during Black History Month or on MLK Day.
Display of Artwork: A portion of sales are donated to herARTS in Action. A conscious effort was used to create space between the pieces exhibited because people were forced onto slave boats and crammed into tight spaces.
About the artist: Sarah Drake is an award-winning artist and founder of herARTS in Action, a nonprofit providing art opportunities for marginalized groups in Central MN and access to water and sanitation in Burkina Faso. She’s also a mother to biracial daughter and has worked on civil and human rights for two decades. www.sarahdrakeart.com @sarahdrakeart www.herartsinaction.org @herartsinaction
Common Ground – New London Artists
April 4, 2018 – April 28, 2018 Opening Reception on April 5 from 6:00-8:00 PM
At Gallery St. Germain
A collection of work by artists who draw inspiration from the people and places found in rural MN. The exhibit includes pottery, folk art, sculpture, and paintings from artists living and working in the New London area. Whether it’s about the local natural environment or the small town neighbors and community, this group shares a variety of viewpoints about their common residence.
McKnight foundation awarded a two-year $110,000 grant to the Paramount Center for the Arts. The McKnight Foundation grant allows the Paramount to operate an auxiliary exhibition space 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.
Gallery Saint Germain Blueprint Map:
For more information on Gallery Saint Germain, please email email@example.com, 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.
Neighbors: Painter + Potter
Judith Bergerson and Peder Hegland
June 3 – July 16
Artist reception: Friday, June 3, 6-8 pm • Artist talk: 7pm
Lisa Bergh “Reach and Gather”
April 22 – May 27 • Gallery St. Germain
Lisa Bergh’s work represents her ongoing investigation merging figuration with abstraction. Within her topographies of bold color, and simple form, visual tension pushes at the boundary between object and painting. The works presented in this exhibit come from two separate, ongoing series by the
artist: Postures and Studies of Restraint.
Kayla Gustin “DUALITY”
Friday, April 22 – May 26 • Studio C
This body of work is an exploration of accepting the complexities of the duality of being. Without dark there could be no light, there is sound in silence & there is good in the bad. Memories, wishes, dreams, growth, transformation, spirit, human, nature…all forms converge into one space of shared energy at every moment. Each making the other, even in contradiction. This family of paintings is a visual manifestation of my desire to fully accept all levels of existence on and beyond this Earthly plane, to own our oneness & inherent connectedness to all.
The 36th Annual High School Art Awards
Monday, April 18th Reception and Viewing Starts at 6:00! 7:00 Awards Program on the Stage
A nice way to spend a little time on a Monday night! Enjoying appetizers and viewing some of the finest artwork produced by high school students from 17 Central Minnesota High Schools!
Willicey Tynes: March 16 – April 16
Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 16th, 6-8 pm Art Crawl: Friday, March 18th, 5-9 pm Artist Visit: March 19, 12-2 pm
Willicey Tynes will be exhibiting a small body of work highlighting similarities between Afro-Caribbean culture
and Western culture. This is a body of works that speaks to the existing cultures and what they have left behind. Seeking and
finding these has been an enlightening experience, showing the loss of a time that once was.
International artist Willicey Tynes is a self-taught oil painter and sculptor. Born in the Bahamas in 1978, Willicey Tynes has been
bringing the beauty of the Caribbean to his canvas since childhood. His fascination with natural surroundings emerged early in his
career and this theme is prevalent in his work. To him, life is not abstract, but real and structured, and this is clearly identifiable
in his approach to his pieces. His choice of medium is oil on canvas, but he has also achieved great results with pencil and pastel.
Willicey has always been drawn to the technical aspects of painting but loves the flow and movement of color that is sometimes only achieved
by an intuitive approach. With his realistic style of painting, he favors florals, seascapes, and portraits as subject matter. Willicey has taught
himself most of what he knows about painting and attributes his ability to having a trained eye and lots of practice. Pushing his limit and
challenging himself has led Willicey to sculpting in various mediums such as clay, bronze, and glass. His work has been
exhibited throughout the United states in numerous juried shows and extensively in the Bahamas.
Northern Clay Center presents excerpts from the Jerome Exhibition, on view in its galleries in 2014 and 2015 and reimagined for the Paramount Center for the Arts. The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program has been administered by Northern Clay Center for over 25 years and is intended to support the work of Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages of their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. For more information about Northern Clay Center and the Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant or the Jerome Artist of Color Residency programs, please visit www.northernclaycenter.org.
Matthew Krousey created work that explored our vanishing natural habitats. The Jerome award has allowed Krousey to expand his imagery, moving his ideas from pottery to large tiles, where his ideas can grow in breadth. www.mkrouseyceramics.com
David Swenson makes ceramic works through the assemblage of parts and pieces. He used his Jerome award to purchase a 3D printer and software which will allow him to prototype and imagine works before they are fully realized.
Michael Arnold is a maker of wood-fired, wheel-thrown pottery. He used his Jerome award to research native-Minnesota clays and slip-casting. In addition, he spent his grant year designing and building a wood-fire kiln in Albert Lea, MN. In addition to making pots, Arnold is NCC’s exhibitions manager.
Karen McPherson creates handbuilt vessels for plants. With her award, she looked beyond the usual relationship between plants and ceramics—flowers in a vase—and instead, incorporated plant forms onto the surface of the work itself. www.karenmcphersonclay.com
After recently receiving her MFA from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Ginny Sims has been teaching ceramics at different centers and schools throughout the Midwest. She used her Jerome award to transfer decorative motifs onto majolica-based surfaces, placed in an installation setting. www.ginnysims.com
Infinite Field: January 22 – March 5
Infinite Field is a two-person exhibition featuring new work by Peter Happel Christian and David Ruhlman. The works in the show expand on the artists’ independent studio practices as they find common ground in similar subject matter and ways of thinking while making. Sculpture, photography, and painting meet together in an infinite field of conversation between Happel Christian and Ruhlman.