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Studies in color and black and white

"Last Branches, Lemons," by Ivete Castro Martinez is one of several pieces on display at during the month of July at Crossings.

An artist exploring vibrancy through juxtaposed colors and another who has drawings with little or no color share the walls at Crossings' gallery in July.

The exhibit features works by Ivete Castro Martinez and Maggie Sutton and is open through Wednesday July 31. A reception will be 7 p.m. Saturday July 20.

Martinez of Rochester created her paintings as part of a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and McKnight grant project studying colors. When painted next to each other, the pieces produce more vibrancy.

"Oil painting fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity, and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating my feelings, perceptions and creativity into a concrete reality," Martinez said. "My attitude toward art and what I do is only one: Be open to acquire new skills, new ideas and above all take cognitive and creative risks."

Martinez is no stranger to changes and risks. Born in Brazil, she lived in Uruguay, studied in Oxford for six years, lived in Malaga, Spain, went back to Brazil for a couple of years and came to the U.S. to study and be trained in psychology at Stanford University.

After that she came to Mayo Clinic, working there for less than a year before deciding to "quit everything and became a mother -- best decision ever," she said.

She added that art is, for her, "a way of transcending my ephemeral existence."

As for her project, she concluded that following color temperature theory was more successful than traditional color wheel theory.

Exhibit viewers are able to participate in her project by casting votes for the paintings they believe show the most vibrancy.

In contrast to Martinez, Sutton creates drawings with spare coloring or none at all.

She seeks to use drawings to engage place-making and narrative in the viewer's imagination, established via a dialogue between what is shown and what is not.

Sutton lives in Oronoco, Minn., and works in architecture and planning in Rochester. At work, she draws and designs in a computer program producing two-dimensional construction drawings.

This type of drawing is used to communicate in a language where inferring the third dimension is commonplace.

The mind's eye is engaged by the marks on the page, so that unbuilt spaces and buildings can exist in the shared imagination in a very real way, she said.

In her own drawings, Sutton enjoys exploring the same kind of communication. Most often with a pencil, she is slowly putting the objects, places and people in her real world back into marks on the page.

Often the atmosphere in a piece is the area around all the shapes that are dark.

"The drawings and paintings are not the beginning or end of the story, but in a place along the way," Sutton said.

The exhibit and reception are free, and 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. Saturday.

Crossings is located at 320 East Ave. in Zumbrota. More at

If you go ...

What: Reception for artists Ivete Castro Martinez and Maggie Sutton.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday July 20. their work is on exhibit through July 31

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: Free

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