Red Wing's Kenyon exhibits at Crossings
ZUMBROTA — Artists Art Kenyon and Bridget Ertelt are front and center at Crossings at Carnegie.
In conjunction with the six-week exhibit, which opened Oct. 22, there will be an artist reception 6-7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The public will have a chance to see and purchase the art, and speak with the artists, then stay afterwards to enjoy music by Storyhill if so inclined.
Kenyon is a longtime resident of Red Wing and draws much of his inspiration from the rich surroundings and heritage of Minnesota and the local Mississippi River Valley. Kenyon received his BA degree in studio arts and journalism from the University of Minnesota, where he studied under renowned Midwestern printmaker Malcolm Myers.
Kenyon has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad adding to the diversity and style of his artwork. He believes an artist must have an innate curiosity and wonder in their subject and style to effectively translate human emotion and clarity into their work, according to his artist' statement.
Working fulltime in his private studio located at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Kenyon said he enjoys the exploration of primary mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking — and their creative influence upon each other.
Ertelt grew up enjoying all four seasons in northern Minnesota and a childhood, she said, rich with paper, pencils, glitter and glue. While attending Hibbing High School, Ertelt took an art class by Marva Harms, who is a signature member of the prestigious American Impressionist Society and has studied with many of the modern masters.
Although college saw Ertelt enter a nursing program and she continues to work as an registered nurse, Ertelt has continued to pursue her art. Arriving in Minneapolis in 2008, she immersed herself in the local art community. She is a member of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota. In 2011 she began classes at the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art.
"It was like magic. I began taking night classes at the Atelier. Figure painting and drawing is another outlet to express my interest in people. I took four years of night classes before deciding to dive into their full--time program," she said.
She began her fourth year of the program this fall.
"I feel so fortunate that life has presented this path to me. I feel lucky to be able to spend so much of my time creating. It allows me to appreciate deeply my time on this little blue planet."
The exhibit is open and free to for public viewing through Nov. 24. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.