17th Annual Essential Art Exhibition – Gallery St. Germain
January 20 – March 5 Reception: January 21 • 6:00-8:00pm
This reception is an opportunity to meet and engage artists and to gaze deep into the creative tickings of artistic minds.
Featuring 40 artists from across the state of Minnesota, Essential Art is a showcase of mature artwork selected by curator Tricia Heuring. The exhibit is a theme-less exhibit that explores the dedicated practice of our community’s creative producers. “Being the sum of a hybrid identity, Tricia Heuring is drawn to relate to diverse peoples and situations and a belief that by accepting our own complexity, we find depth and common ground with others.” In difference, the annual Essential Art exhibition discovers cohesive forces in the space between varied artworks. As part of the reception, there will be an award ceremony where 6 artists will be recognized for their exemplary work in two categories, 2d and 3d.
As a compliment to the visual artwork exhibited in the Paramount Gallery, the recognition ceremony will include an experimental collaborative performance. Set against an atmospheric musical ambiance, a digital illustrator will paint a sprawling array of moving bodies. Expect surprise! The performance will be improvisational and interdisciplinary, a collaboration between the Minnesota Dance Ensemble, the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, and local digital illustrator, Jesse Switters.
More on the Juror: Tricia Heuring is a co-founder and the curator of Public Functionary, a Northeast Minneapolis-based non-profit contemporary art gallery dedicated to openness as a means of fostering varying contexts of diversity and audience development. Open just over three years, Public Functionary has been heralded as the best new gallery in the Twin Cities by numerous publications and called “a fantastic gift to a great art city” by New York Magazine’s senior art critic, Jerry Saltz.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Brent Kustermann: The Basement Series
Wednesday, March 1 – Saturday, April 1 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2 from 6:00-8:00pm
The work of Brent Kustermann is raw and mythic. His mixed media paintings are layered and incorporate the use of found objects and collage. Kustermann uses heavy line work and his mix between abstract and figurative work creates a tension throughout the painting that allows the mind to wander while keeping the viewer intrigued.
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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.
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For more information on Gallery Saint Germain, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Melissa Gohman at (320)257-3112, 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.