Fine Arts Gallery

CURRENT EXHIBITION

2022 November Exhibition:

UNEARTHED | Alonso Sierralta and Lisa Loudon

November 14 - December 15, 2022 | Public Opening Reception, Thurs. Nov 17, 4:30-6:30 pm

UNEARTHED exhibition Alonso Sierralta Lisa Loudon


About the Exhibition, "UNEARTHED"

Earth-derived, foraged, re-explored, and re-imagined, the artists' works of UNEARTHED reveal creative journeys and personal discoveries through themes of immigration and memory, materiality and experimentation, harmony and discord, perception and scale, exploration and transplantation.

About Artist, Alonso Sierralta

The concepts and subject matter for my work develop from ideas related to my experience as an immigrant.  The work is not meant to be a political commentary, but rather a visual representation of transplantation using organic forms and natural motifs: pods, seeds, bark, mushrooms, roots, etc.  

 

Working with this metaphorical relationship, forms and materials are selected with the intention of creating both harmony and discord.  Moving to a new country, learning a new language, giving up what is familiar elicits both optimism and fear.  The spreading of seeds, roots, pollen, etc. are the basic inspiration for the sculptural form.  Disparate materials are then selected to create a sense of tension and forced metamorphosis.

You may connect with Alonso on his website:

www.alonsosierralta.com

About Artist, Lisa Loudon

My intention with this body of work was to play with perception. Our ability to read depth, scale, micro or macro depends on our experience in the world. Looking at aerial views of the earth out of context, rivers easily turned into blood cells in a vein, pine trees became microscopic hairs on an insects leg, mountain ranges became a virus as it deforms cells, multiplies, and spreads. Our relationship to the world and place in it is circumstantial and constantly changing. It is fascinating how similar the building blocks of the universe are in appearance- same patterns, same structures, same expansion and deterioration regardless of purpose and scale.

You may connect with Lisa on her website:

www.lisaloudon.com

 


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Gallery Hours

The Normandale Fine Arts Gallery is currently open to the public during normal building hours as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 10 pm
Friday: 7 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm

Closed Sundays and Holidays.

We ask that all Visitors honor all Normandale and MNSCU mask mandates and changes to building access due to Covid and related health issues.

For Gallery inquiries, contact Gallery Director Brad Daniels



PAST EXHIBITIONS

2022 October Exhibition:

A Thin Thread | Karen Gustafson

October 3 - November 8, 2022 | Public Opening Reception, Wed. Oct 12, 4:30-7:00 pm

Karen Gustafson | A Thin Thread

About the Exhibition, "A Thin Thread"

"A Thin Thread" is my exploration of materials, process and play; of being present in the studio and letting intuition guide my way.
~ Karen Gustafson, Artist and Educator

Karen's new body of work diverges from her past 2D practices, to now break new ground as she combines image and sculptural creations using thread, fiber, 3D spatial definition, and animation.

About the Artist, Karen Gustafson

Engaged with the intersection of art and science, my work focuses on underlying structures and patterns to research, reveal, and inform.

You may connect with Karen on her website:

2022 September Exhibition:

Viriditas | Stephanie Hunder

August 30 - September 24, 2022 | Public Opening Reception, Thur. Sep 4, 4:30-6:30 pm

Viriditas | Stephanie Hunder

About the Exhibition, "Viriditas"

“What did Georgia O’Keefe say? ‘ No-one looks at a flower, really. ‘

You have to spend time looking at it close. That deep, close, looking at nature, and trying to understand it is in a sense, a type of respect for nature, showing the value of nature in our lives.”
~ Stephanie Hunder, Artist, Printmaker, Photographer


Viriditas in Latin literally means green-ness, but it's about much more than the color green. Metaphorically green-ness is about the idea of growth, spiritual growth and the ability to heal.

About the Artist, Stephanie Hunder

Natural forms speak to us in metaphors – a moth emerging from its cocoon, seeds blown on the wind... Nature holds a place in our most basic understanding of the world and forms the foundation for the language of our thoughts. The subjective, inner world of the mind mimics the objective, outside world – nature, bodies, spaces.

I use printmaking and photography to make a record of actual objects, yet I find the resulting prints expressive, gestural and mysterious. Collaged together, they question pictorial space and natural symbolisms

You may connect with Stephanie on her website:
www.stephaniehunder.com | stephaniehunder1@gmail.com

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2022 July / August Exhibition:

Premanand Legacy

Premanand Legacy - Normandale Permanent Collection

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2022 April Exhibition:

AFA 2022 Exhibition | Story, Place, Identity

April 15 - May 6, 2022,

Public Opening Reception, Wed. April 20, 6-8 pm

2022 AFA in Art Capstone Exhibition | Story, Place, Identity

About the 2022 AFA Exhibition

The Normandale Community College AFA Class of 2022 invites you to join, Story | Place | Identity, an exhibition that showcases the importance of the Stories we tell, the poetics of Place, and how Identity helps us define ourselves and our roles in life.

For some, wanderlust and nostalgia for memorable locations or objects inspire their creative processes. Others find that their roles as family or friend inspire their works. Yet other artists have been impacted by stories that they enjoy, or are motivated by the tales they make themselves.

Featuring over 95 works from 2022 AFA students Abby Sunde, Alyssa Mickle, Cheryl Wilke, Emma Shoenfelder, Felix Hastings, Lily Levin, Lucinda Hruska-Claeys and Nick Dunshee, this capstone exhibition includes sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, glass, ceramic, animation, design and more.

The Story | Place | Identity exhibition is a celebration of the artists’ creative roots and presents the paramount of their growth. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
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2022 March Exhibition

NASE | Normandale Art Student Exhibition

March 23 - April 13, 2022
Public Awards Reception, Mon. April 11, 4-5:30 pm

Normandale Art Students Exhibition

About the Normandale Art Student Exhibition
An instructor-selected exhibition of the best works from recent Normandale Art courses, the NASE show reveals the talented artistic achievements of the entire Art community at Normandale.
 
The Public Awards Reception allows us to honor students works in multiple art categories, including 3D, animation, ceramics, design, drawing, glass, painting, photography, sculpture, video and more.
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2022 March Exhibition

Metro West | High School Conference Exhibition

March 2 - March 16, 2022

Participating Schools of the Metro West Conference: Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy, Chanhassen, Chaska, New Prague, Orono, Robbinsdale Cooper, St. Louis Park, Waconia

Metro West High School Exhibition
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2022 February Exhibition

South Suburban | High School Conference Virtual Exhibition

Feb 10 - Feb 24, 2022

A Virtual Exhibition:

www.sscvae.weebly.com

Participating Schools of the South Suburban Conference: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eastview, Farmington, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Prior Lake, Rosemount, School of Environmental Studies

South Suburban Conference Visual Art Exhibition

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2022 January Exhibition

SLOW BURN | Domonique Venzant

Jan 06 - Feb 04, 2022 | Public Opening Reception, Wed. January 19, 4-6:30 pm


About the Exhibition, "SLOW BURN"

A nationally awarded NCECA Emerging Artist, Domonique Venzant investigates the myriad possibilities of clay within the ceramic tradition of early Korean Karatsu, fired in wood kilns. In his work producing wares for the table, and sculpture for the floor, pedestal and wall, Dom hopes to invite the viewer into a conversation regarding the synthesis of American and Asian notions of identity, tradition, and beauty.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. All visitors are asked to honor Normandale and Minnesota State mask mandates, and any changes to building access due to Covid.

About the Artist, Domonique Venzant

My works investigate the myriad possibilities of clay and the ceramic process through a technique and tradition known as Karatsu.  With its early historical origins in Korea, I, as an American artist, honor that ancient practice, while also bringing my own aesthetic interpretrations to each piece. The clay documents my every physical interaction, and these marks and forms are then preserved through firing in a wood kiln.
 
Encompassing both functional and sculptural pursuits, My visual and physical investigation relies heavily on the malleability and totipotence of clay.  Through my work producing wares for the table and sculpture for the floor, pedestal, and wall, I hope to invite the viewer into a conversation regarding the synthesis of American and Asian notions of identity, tradition, and beauty.

In 2021 Dominique Venzant was awarded a prestigious NCECA* Emerging Artist Fellowship, an award that strives to recognize consistent achievement in the field of ceramics at an early stage of an artist’s career.

Dom is a Minneapolis Resident, and a Fine Arts Instructor at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota.

You may connect with him on his website:

https://www.symcopotteryworks.com/

* [ NCECA: National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts ]

Domonique Venzant Media

www.symcopotteryworks.com/
www.instagram.com/domvenzant

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2021 November Exhibition

The Abstract Path | Dean Trisko

Nov 17 - Dec 16, 2021 | Public Opening Wed. November 17, 4-7pm

dean trisko abstract painting postcard

Image: Dean Trisko

About the Exhibition, "The Abstract Path"

Lending an abstract eye to re-interpret our natural surroundings, painter Dean Trisko’s monumental canvases will enliven the Normandale Fine Arts Gallery for November and December. Dean Trisko explores the rich colors and limitless shapes of the natural world, and then manipulates form and space through abstract nonrepresentational images. ‘The Abstract Path’ reveals a process in which he guides viewers from early observational studies and aesthetic exercises to his dynamic interpretive abstract works.

About Dean Trisko, Abstract Artist

Inspired by nature, my art is based in observation and invigorated by abstraction. My primary interest is to develop work that reflects my sense of wonder and meditation. Through my creative process, I often abstract and simplify to amplify my visual experiences. Art is a dialogue between my internal questions and the delight in the world around me.

Dean Trisko Media

deantrisko.com
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2021 October Exhibition


Freedom of the Press | Georgia Fort

October 14 - November 12, 2021 | Public Opening Tues. October 19, 4-7pm

Georgia Fort | Freedom of the Press

About Georgia Fort, Independent Journalist

Finding humanity in the social and political issues of our times, Georgia Fort's photography captures the broad range of poignant emotions and intense human energies focused through national demonstrations for George Floyd, voting rights, the Presidential election and more...

Georgia Fort has been Emmy nominated twice for news journalism. She is a published reporter for CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS, and an associate producer for PBS Frontline's "American Voices".

Her mission as a storyteller is to change the narrative by amplifying truth, citing diverse sources, and contextualizing social justice issues.


Georgia Fort Media

www.GeorgiaFort.com

www.facebook.com/byGeorgiaFort

www.instagram.com/byGeorgiaFort



About the Minneapolis Protest Murals, Memorialize the Movement, and Founder/Executive Director Leesa Kelly

Leesa Kelly | Memorialize the Movement protest murals

The Normandale Fine Arts Gallery will also feature 2 Minneapolis Protest Murals, provided by the nonprofit organization "Memorialize the Movement."

MTM is an ongoing initiative to collect and preserve the plywood protest art that was created in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020. Their goal is to create a safe and inclusive permanent space for people to reflect on the events that occurred during the summer of 2020 and ensure that we keep this Civil Rights movement going through this art.

"We need the story told in a way that people will absorb it. But not in a way that makes them feel comfortable, they don't need to feel comfortable. They need to know what's happening."

Leesa Kelly


MTM Media


www.memorializethemovement.com

facebook.com/memorializethemovement

instagram.com/memorializethemovement

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2021 September Exhibition


Femme & Fauna | JoAnn Hendricks & Ingrid Restemayer

September 15 - October 8, 2021 | Public Opening Wed. September 15, 5-7:30 pm

Femme & Fauna | JoAnn Hendricks & Ingrid Restemayer

About the Works

Jo Ann Hendricks has created vibrant figure drawings, painted in bright, fanciful colors. The figures are fluid and expressive, with over-emphasized angular poses and voluptuous curves. This exaggeration is furthered by bright, impossible coloration.

Printmaker Ingrid Restemayer combines richly detailed etchings and the fiber arts as she re-imagines animal subjects on handmade papers, collaged and punctuated by hand-stitched embroidery.

Artist Websites

www.Joannhendricks.com

 www.Ingridartworks.com


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All exhibitions are free and open to the public. All visitors are asked to honor Normandale and Minnesota State mask mandates, and any changes to building access due to Covid.  


Normandale Fine Arts Gallery Media

facebook.com/gallerynormandale

instagram.com/normandalegallery

Gallery Hours

The Normandale Fine Arts Gallery is currently open to the public during normal building hours as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 10 pm
Friday: 7 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm

Closed Sundays and Holidays.

We ask that all Visitors honor all Normandale and MNSCU mask mandates and changes to building access due to Covid and related health issues.

For Gallery inquiries, contact Gallery Director Brad Daniels

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