Martha Bird’s first love is basket weaving. In 1994, she enrolled in a basket class and fell in love with the materials and wove her way into activity and health, after a back injury. Her art-making has expanded over the years into a personal exploration that utilizes a variety of mediums. Her basket weaving, though, has brought her many new opportunities, including traveling to Ireland and exhibiting across the United States. “Finding Focus” is an exhibit that features her work with willow from her travels and will be on display in the Social Hall at church from Aug. 15–Oct. 1, 2017. Attend an artist’s reception on Sunday, Oct.1, after both services for an opportunity to meet the artist and see more of her history in basketry. Martha is a long-time member of First Universalist Church.
A new exhibit of work by artist Beth Andrews will be on view in the gallery space in the Social Hall beginning Sunday, May 21, and running through August 13.
The artist writes: “As humans, we tend to think of ourselves as fundamentally different from other components of our vast and ancient universe. Yet the truth is that we are made up of recycled cosmic dust. Old atoms never die-they simply get reused in all forms of life, passed down through the ages. In the second half of my own life, I have become increasingly and more immediately aware of my personal connection to the earth, to other living beings, and to the ancient ones who have gone before me. It is this thread of connection that drives the visual decisions in my art. The artwork in this exhibit represents my exploration of these connections.”
Every spring, Minnesota Contemporary Quilters are challenged to make a small quilt that will travel for a year to venues throughout the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Quilt Show, and other locations around the state. The 2016–2017 inspiration for these quilts was the phrase: “Changing Times.” Thirty members took the challenge and were inspired to come up with a quilt that they thought best fit the phrase. In the exhibit, you’ll see some creative interpretations! Some quilters took a serious approach, while others had a more light-hearted take on it. Enjoy interpretations of “Changing Times” ranging from our planet, to aging bodies, to baby diapers!
The exhibit will be on view in the gallery space in the social hall from April 9 through May 14, and can be viewed on Sunday mornings before and after services.
An exhibit of work by photographer Richard Birger will be on view in the gallery space in the social hall at First Universalist Church February 19 through April 2. The exhibit can be viewed on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. To view the exhibit at other times, contact Bette DeMars at email@example.com.
An artist’s reception will be held after services on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
A note from the artist about the exhibit:
As I was assembling this exhibit, it occurred to me that if there is a theme emerging it seems to be about engagement or conflict. Many of the images are from recent political demonstrations here in Minnesota, while other images are from my career in natural resource management. Part seems to be about the complexities of people versus people, the other part is about the intricacies of people and nature.
Legendary philosopher Yogi Berra said, “Its déjà vu all over again.” I remember in 1972 being at the University of Minnesota when students shut down the campus over the Vietnam War. Now, I’m witnessing mass demonstrations again.
Tear gas and pepper spray still smell the same.
During my working career I was part of National Incident Management Teams responsible for suppression of major western wildfires. I spent most summers in remote parts of the country and encountered many instances when humans were in conflict with nature.
Norman McLean, author of A River Runs Through It, aptly summed it up when he said; “On forest fires there are moments almost solely for beauty. Such moments are of short duration.”
About the artist (in his own words):
Many years ago, using 35mm film I learned the meaning of delayed gratification as the images slowly appeared in the fixative bath.
Today I try not to let the new technology get in the way of seeing and capturing an interesting image. I’d rather spend time behind the camera than in front of the computer. Using the tools of digital photography I’m always refining my views of the natural and man-made world.
Some of my images are straight up representational photographic records of what I saw. Some are renditions of what I saw that translated into how the subject created an emotion.
A few of the images are a combination of the three concepts; a sliding scale if you will. What I saw, what I thought I saw – perhaps, what I wanted to see.
“Mama, Can You Make Me Cocoa and Apple Slices”
A Mother/Daughter Art Show Jan. 1 – Feb. 12
Two complementary art exhibits will be on view in the Social Hall beginning Sunday, Oct. 23, and running through Nov. 27. An Artists Reception will take place in the Social Hall after both services on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The posters on display in the social hall this summer (July 10 – Sept. 4, 2016) are from countries all over the world. They speak of peace through a language which we all understand – the language of art.
Wit Ylitalo was a peace activist from Madison, Wisconsin who, with her friends, Mary Cunningham and Donna Fuelleman, had a life-long concern for world peace. These three women for peace collected peace posters over a number of years. Their grass roots effort was a heartfelt and meaningful attempt to further impress upon others that the rest of the world is also concerned for the need of peace on this earth and good will toward all.
The poster exhibit was initially sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. The exhibit will be on display at First Universalist through September 4.
Questions? Contact Visual Arts Exhibit Chair Bette DeMars firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Capturing Moments — My family or friends and their families” is an exhibit of oil paintings by First Universalist member Dakota Hoska that will be on view at church in the Social Hall May 29 – July 3, 2016. The exhibit can be viewed on Sunday mornings or by appointment.
An exhibit of work by artist Robin Colerin will be on view in the gallery space in the social hall at First Universalist Church April 3 through May 22, 2016. The exhibit can be viewed on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. To view the exhibit at other times, contact Bette DeMars at email@example.com.
An artist’s reception will be held after services on Sunday, April 10 (10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.).
About the Artist: Robin Colerin has been creating art since she could hold a pencil and “make stuff” with her artist-mother. Growing up in Minnesota provided many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the natural world. Her current work has kept her close to home, focusing on the flora and fauna of her local environment, particularly the creatures that organic home gardening invites. This ever-changing environment brings a constant flux of new material from which to draw – especially chickens.
Robin’s artistic inspiration has also been shaped by travel. From the continental United States to Canada, and tropical locales in the Caribbean, Robin has collected rich and varied perspectives on nature and the environment. A period living in Vancouver, with its endless ocean, famed old-growth trees, and granite mountains, introduced a vastly different experience from life in the upper Midwest. While in British Columbia, Robin studied woodcarving, and later continued developing her skills in Minneapolis. Her artwork has been shown in Canada and Minnesota.
An interesting counterpoint to her abstracted ecological work, Robin’s interest in historical Britain is reflected in a body of contemporary Celtic style prints. It is in printmaking that Robin finds her primary calling – a discipline that requires a way of thinking much different from that of drawing and painting. It is a very technical, layered approach to creating a piece of art, each stage thought out ahead of time. In turn, printmaking is an inherently compelling process: as the work progresses, a kind of metamorphosis unfolds, a layer at a time, until the final image is revealed. Robin carries a screen printer’s signature into her paintings, with flattened space and blocks of color.
Alongside her art career, Robin spent seventeen years in the graphics industry, eleven as the owner of a screen-printing company where she designed a successful line of printed garments and won awards for her designs. Robin earned a B.A. in Studio Arts, with an emphasis in printmaking and drawing, from the University of Minnesota, following study in geology at Iowa State University. Robin is knowledgeable in Pacific Northwest Native Art and in Pre-Christian to Classical Celtic art.
The work of three talented mosaic artists – all of whom have distinctively different styles – is on display in our social hall exhibit space February 21 – March 27. The exhibit is open for viewing on Sunday mornings before and after services, as well as during special events that are held in the Social Hall. Some of the pieces in the exhibit are for sale, and artists Debbie Cash and Cheryl Anderson would consider discussing commissions of their work.