America’s River Re-Explored: Paintings by Thomas Paquette of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf
September 7 – October 28
Artist Reception: September 7, 5-7 p.m., with artist lecture at 6.
Contemporary landscape painter Thomas Paquette explores and paints scenes from the entire length of the Mississippi River, starting at its northern Minnesota source to its outflow at the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting new work provides a contemporary visual travelogue of this important river.
Thomas Paquette’s landscape paintings are widely recognized and collected across the United States. They have been the subject of more than fifty solo exhibitions in prominent art galleries in Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Paquette was born in Minneapolis in 1958 and graduated summa cum laude from Bemidji State University with a BFA degree in Painting in 1985. He earned his Master of Fine Art degree in Painting in 1988 on a full fellowship from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Gidibaajimomin – We Tell Stories
September 4 – November 3
Artist Reception: October 5, 5-7 p.m., Artist Talk at 6
This exhibit features work by Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles) and Anna Johnson (Turtle Mountain). Through the use of contemporary media, both artists give new understanding to traditional Ojibwe stories and culture.
Gordon Coons is a self taught artist, creating works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, creations in stone and wood and assembled sculptures. Although his artwork is more contemporary, each piece portrays a unique view of traditional native stories. Coons has won a variety of recognition awards and his work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., including at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Anna Johnson, originally from Bismarck, has lived most of her life in North Dakota. A recent recipient of an individual artist grant from The Arts Partnership, she received her BFA from NDSU in 2010. Her work can be found in private and institutional collections throughout the region. Johnson is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians. She spends a great deal of her free time in the Turtle Mountains in Belcourt, North Dakota, where the natural beauty of the area continues to inspire her and influence her work.
Spirit of Ukambani
October 12 – December 22
Artist Reception: October 12, 5-7 p.m., with presentation at 6.
Spirit of Ukambani is a mixed-media exhibit featuring fiber art and photography. In 2017, painter and fabric artist Mary Therese and photographer Monika Lawrence traveled to Kenya. This collaboration of work is an outcome of that journey, reflecting on the memories the artists shared from their time together experiencing this rich culture.
The exhibit features silk batik paintings and black & white digital photography, depicting wildlife and landscapes from the Ukambani region of southern Kenya.
Mary Therese, a painter/surface designer and art & yoga teacher, has lived on Fern Lake in the north woods of Bemidji, Minnesota for over twenty five years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, receiving degrees in Painting and Printmaking, and Art Education. As a fabric artist, Mary Therese paints on silk and other fibers, using the ancient technique of batik, a method of layering dyes and applying hot bee’s wax as a resist. She creates wearable art, hangings, paraments, window dressings and flags. In 2017, Mary Therese was awarded an artist fellowship grant by Region 2 Arts Council.
Growing up in Germany, Monika Lawrence began her career as a foreign language teacher, later shifting to social work. She started studying photography in the mid-nineties at the prestigious photography school Am Schiffbauerdamm and the School of Photography and Design Ostkreuz, both in Berlin. In 2007, she moved to Bemidji, MN, where she lives with her husband Mark. Monika now teaches photography and photojournalism at Bemidji State University and works as a freelance photojournalist for Minnesota Public Radio, all while pursuing her own exhibition work in the US and overseas.
Art in the Everyday
BSU Harlow|Kleven Gallery
September 7 – December 28
The BSU gallery will display a collection of ceramic and print work from the BSU collections that focuses on art we have in our everyday lives; primarily, functional ceramic forms in clay and in print. The show has a collection of Harlow Purchase Award winners from the Watermark’s, It’s Only Clay (IOC) National ceramics show from 2003 to 2015.