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Wildlife, nature call

"Owl Stack," watercolor by Foxfeather Ženková is one of several pieces on display at Crossings. The exhibit is open through Friday May 31.

Two artists exhibiting work at Crossings through the month of May say they are inspired by the flora and fauna of the natural world.

Foxfeather Ženková describes herself as "a bird nut," while Jane Marie Lewis has always enjoyed the outdoors and beauty of the Mississippi River Valley.

The Minnesota native's paintings - and Ženková's mixed media pieces - are on display through Friday May 31. A reception will be he 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 11.

Ženková's business, Foxloft Studios, grew out of a love of animals, artwork, and conservation - a sincere passion for connecting people with nature.

"My dream," she said, "is to combine these things in a hybrid art studio, working farm, and eco-retreat; a place where people can come together to learn to produce food without the use of fossil fuels or chemicals, practice creative arts in a beautiful natural setting, and connect with animals and what it means to be a part of this greater system."

Her artwork is a combination of wildlife and fantasy. Works on display include pieces from her "Yin-Yang Dogs" and "Animal Stacks" series.

Lewis grew up in Lake City and now lives in Red Wing.

"Although I'm influenced by nature, my aesthetic is to capture color, light and shadow, boldly or subtly. I'm fond of a variety of mediums for drawing and painting but watercolor is my most common choice," she said.

Grateful for the natural beauty of her surroundings, Lewis said she also appreciates living in a region full of talented artists: They influence her work and she learns from them. She continues to experiment, develop and study art.

The exhibit and reception are free. People may view the exhibit during regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Crossings is located at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota. More at

If you go ...

What:Reception for Minnesota artists Foxfeather Ženková and Jane Marie Lewis.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday May 11

Where: 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: Free

More info: 507-732-7616 or

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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