Current & Upcoming Events

Tiny Art

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Prior to World War II, visual artists rarely worked in large-scale formats. But with the advent of the United States’ Abstract Expressionist movement in the late 1940s, large-format work became popular, along with monumental sculptures, sprawling installations and elaborate site-specific pieces. In response to this bigger-is-better attitude trend that is still with us, Kolman & Pryor Gallery announces the exhibition, Tiny Art, in which gallery artists, Christopher Atkins, Betsy Ruth Byers, Kate Casanova, Jil Evans, Ernest Miller, Kelly Jean Ohl, Jodi Reeb, Danny Saathoff and Cameron Zebrun; and guest artists, Rachel Andrzejewski, Erik Benson, Nathanael Flink, and Jon Neuse, turn to smaller formats to investigate problems of scale and its relation to size. The show is curated by gallery co-owner, Patrick K. Pryor.

Opening Reception at the Kolman Pryor Gallery (#395)
Saturday, September 24, 7-9 p.m.

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“Bog Cycles” at Icebox Gallery

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Saturday, October 22, 2016

“Bog Cycles” at Icebox Gallery photo

“Bog Cycles,” curated by Icebox Gallery owner Howard Christopherson, features 33 small intimate works on paper by South Dakota artist Alan Montgomery.

“The inspiration for the Bog Cycle series began back in 1994 in graduate school reading the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s seminal pieces on the Irish peat bog is a journey through time and space and a signifier of the Irish culture. I spent the early part of my life in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the period known as the troubles. Heaney wrote a number of bog poems during this time and they reflect that period, but they also answer to the metaphysical, the ancient, and the richness of the Irish language and landscape. The patterns and rhythm of Heaney’s writing struck a chord in me. I see something in the writing that is profound and immense. I am not illustrating his poems, but rather I am interpreting the written text through the visual language of design and art in an effort to better understand how meaning occurs in my own work and how I can move forward with the Bog Cycle series. The resolution of my Bog Cycle work is grounded in the belief that the process of making must communicate all other references; philosophical, emotive, and narrative. My desire to reach Heaney’s text in its abstract elemental form is embodied in my ongoing Bog Cycle series.” ~ A. Montgomery

Artist Opening at Icebox Gallery (#443)
September 17, 2016, 6:00-9:00 PM

Exhibit continues through October 22, 2016
Regular Hours: Thursday & Friday 10-6, Saturday 12-5 and by appointment.

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Geometric Visions: The Connection Between Art and Mathematics

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Saturday, October 08, 2016

Geometric Visions: The Connection Between Art and Mathematics photo

Gallery 427 Presents Geometric Visions

The connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years. Mathematics has been used in the design of Gothic cathedrals, Rose windows, oriental rugs, mosaics and tilings. Geometric forms were fundamental to the cubists and many abstract expressionists, and award-winning sculptors have used topology as the basis for their pieces.

Mathematics and art are related in a variety of ways. Mathematics has itself been described as an art motivated by beauty. Mathematics can be discerned in arts such as music, dance, painting, architecture, sculpture, and textiles. Geometric Visions focuses on mathematics in the visual arts. Artists Alexandra Motz, Ann Marie Petermeir, Lori DeLyser and Darrell Hagan incorporate the use of math and or geometric patterns into their art to create stunning works that explore the visualization of mathematics.

Opening reception:
September 24, 2016, 7:00-10:00 PM

Closing reception: Thursday
October 6, 2016

Show runs through October 8 2016

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First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, October 06, 2016

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

Join us for a night in the private studios of our working artists October 6, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Meet with painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers, wearable fiber and textile artists, glass blowers, furniture makers, pottery/ceramic artists and more. First Thursday in the Arts District provides an excellent opportunity for conversation with the artists.

Upcoming First Thursday in the Arts District dates:
October 6th I November 3rd l December 1st

Featured Artist

Nanci Yermakoff

Nanci Yermakoff

Nanci Yermakoff’s watercolors walk the line between representation and abstraction. Inspired by open spaces of ocean beaches, Midwestern lakes, and prairies, she explores light, space, and above all color in her ongoing series of Horizon paintings. Working with the simplified elements of sky, land, and sea she layers multiple washes, typically twelve to twenty or more on each piece, to progressively build depth and gradual transitions of color. Recent work focuses on the expressive power of color rather than the literal interpretation of the landscape.

Nanci is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.


Artist Leslie Barlow featured on MN Original

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016

Artist Leslie Barlow featured on MN Original

Oil Painter, Leslie Barlow (Studio 244), explores multiculturalism, identity and the idea of “otherness” through the uses of figure and narrative elements. View the MN Original segment on Leslie Barlow here:

Artist Maggie Thompson featured on MN Original

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Artist Maggie Thompson featured on MN Original

Maggie Thompson was recently featured on public television’s MN Original. Thompson uses textiles to create knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes of identity and grief. Her Native American ancestry is central to much of Maggie’s work. Recent fine art works address the idea of Native authenticity and what it means in contemporary society.

Maggie Thompson is described as one of the most important Native artists making some of the strongest contemporary Native art in the nation today. Find out more about Maggie Thompson’s work at