Teaching Artist Spotlight Featuring Sonja Larsen (May 11)

KIDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME! Stop by to join Watermark exhibiting artist and published printmaker, Sonja Larsen in creating your own prints from nature! Sonja will begin by giving a tour of her current exhibit in Watermark’s Lakeview Gallery “Creating Art from Nature”. Sonja will also do a demo featuring her knowledge of making nature prints from local plants and guide you in creating your very own leaf prints! All ages are welcome! No fee to participate.

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 1 to 3pm

More on Sonja Larsen and her exhibit “Creating Art From Nature”

Listen to her interview with KAXE’s Andrew Dziengel on “Area Voices” →


Artist Bio
Sonja Larsen has been making nature prints since the late 1980s when she visited a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) show, Pressed on Paper at the Bell Museum, where she was attending a weekend of workshops and was introduced to the Nature Printing Society (NPS). NPS exists to educate people about this art form and to enhance its practice via workshops and exhibitions.

Through the Society, Larsen studied under two Japanese master fish printers and several American artists. She was invited to participate in an annual Gyotaku (fish print) exhibit in Japan — a great honor. Her prints were juried into a major exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; Forest Lawn Museum’s Artistic Nature show in 2005 and in a two-person show, Impressions of Nature at the Minnesota Horticulture Arboretum’s Andersen Library in 2014. Her prints are now in the Andersen permanent collection.

Larsen hosted two international NPS workshops in Minnesota and led workshops for the NPS throughout the U.S. and in New Zealand. Attendees came from all around the U.S. for her week-long workshops held in late 1990s and early 2000s in Central Minnesota.

She edited the NPS newsletter for ten years, as well as the Society’s original book, The Art of Nature Printing and two subsequent editions. Her art is included in Paper Art by Marurer-Mathison and in Natural Impressions by Carolyn Dahl. Her fish and plant prints are in collections in Germany, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. She is co-author of the book Creating Art from Nature, now in its 6th. printing, available in Watermark’s SHOP 505.

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This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota,through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council,thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.