Information on the Art on Park award exhibitions at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota are now available. My exhibition will be the last of three.
Jeannie E. Roberts | Rocks and Trees: Acrylics on Canvas
Opening Reception: February 10, 4–7pm
Living in the woodlands of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, I am inspired by the trees which surround me. My tree imagery depicts the Norway pines that border our front yard. My rock imagery was inspired by the man-made stone landmark or cairn called an inuksuk (plural inuksuit) used by the Inuit and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America for communication and directional aids.
As an artist, I am intrigued by the organic forms that comprise our natural landscape. And rocks and trees represent the best of these forms. They are not only beautiful and strong shapes but are important culturally to the advancement of the human race. Through my rock and tree paintings, I wish to honor their beauty, strength and cultural significance.
Jeannie E. Roberts is a trained artist and arts administrator with a Bachelor of Science degree in broad area art and education, and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Saint Mary’s University. She has also completed course work at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Roberts is an award-winning and published poet, and the owner of JR Creative Studios (www.jrcreative.biz), an advertising, marketing, art, and design firm.
Kathryn Mussack | Minnesota Seasons: Oil on Canvas or Board
Opening Reception: June 10, 4–7pm
The work in this show evoke the wide range of outdoor scenes we are blessed with here in Minnesota. With four full and varied seasons, I enjoy painting nature at any time of the year. I have tried to express each of the seasons: the angular, sharply delineated shadows of the spring, the warmth of the summer, the fuzzy lighting of the fall, the crisp chill of the winter. Water plays an important role in our outdoor life. Many of my paintings were done near a river, on a beach, overlooking a lake.
My collection consists of scenes from Minnesota, mostly from the Twin Cities area. The smaller pieces were done plein air, outdoors in one session. Larger works were done in the studio from outdoor sketches, photos, and memory.
My early childhood was in Michigan. At 12 my family moved to California, but I always missed the Midwest. With marriage and kids I moved a few more times, picking up my BFA from Loretto Heights College in Denver. I spent time in Texas and Wisconsin, attending to my art in my spare time. I dappled in a variety of styles and media: portraits, still life, landscapes, oils, watercolors, charcoal, pastels. A little over three years ago I moved with my husband and kids to Minnesota. I soon found a group of like-minded artists who reveled in the art of plein air painting. Whether knee deep in snow or swatting mosquitoes, we meet throughout the year to enjoy the outdoors as well as each other’s company. As the kids have grown I can spend more time with my passion. From my family I have learned to enjoy the process as much as the finished work. I am always learning, finding new ways to express myself, discovering new techniques to capture on canvas and board what I experience. I hope you enjoy my show.
Sheila McNellis Asato | Pausing at Midlife: Embodying Dreams
Opening Reception: October 7, 4–7pm
What kind of books are capable of holding dreams, memories and waking life reflections together in a way that is true to their original nature? How does the structure of a book affect the content within? Is it possible to embody images from dreams and memories in the book arts? These are just some of the questions I have focused on since I graduated from the human development program at St. Mary’s University of MN. For this exhibition, I will be pausing at midlife to reflect upon the journey thus far and create a new body of work which integrates my dreams, memories and reflections into a series of mixed media and altered books.
Sheila Asato, M.A., EIC, is the founder of Monkey Bridge Arts, a center dedicated to the growth, transformation and healing of individuals and the community through art, dreaming and creative spirituality. Sheila has just completed a three year training course with Robert Bosnak to become a certified Embodied Imagination Coach. In addition to her work at Monkey Bridge, Sheila also teaches at Abbott Hospital Institute for Health and Healing, provides customized cross-cultural training for Shepell-FGI and leads workshops internationally on the relationship between art, dreaming and healing. Sheila currently serves as a regional representative for the International Association for the Study of Dreams and has just finished her term as an IASD board member.