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'Art with an Edge' hangs at Crossings

“Moonlight Bather,” by James David Smit is part of the “Art with an Edge” display at Crossings

Two artists whose work is on display at Crossings this summer are from different generations, but both hone a sharp edge with their paintings.

Bobby Marines, 29, and James David Smit, 63, have work on display through Aug. 16. See the work and the artists at their reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday July 26.

Smit, of Nelson, Wisconsin, has spent a lifetime working as an artist — drawing, painting, sculpting — and working as an architect.

Some of his more daring work is on display and hadn’t seen the light of day he says, as galleries have favored his landscapes over his edgier stuff.

“They’ve tended to reject anything sexy or political or religiously sensitive. I’ve been a little bummed out about this; to the point where I hadn’t even been painting for a few months. Hopefully this show will be able to remedy this situation,” he said.

He notes he “appreciates this opportunity to expose himself to viewers who have come to ‘expose themselves to art.’”

Smit has worked at several jobs over the years, as a cabinet-maker, carpenter, therapist, dairy farmer, developer and in rental management.

Marines, of Rochester, has been creating art since childhood and returned to it as a young adult after a difficult time in his life. His diversity in medium and subject matter vary as much as his interpretation of life does.

“I really want to produce work that doesn't only worry about aesthetic value but emphasizes more on ambiguity coupled with serious subject matter,” he said.

His first works as an adult were with old house paint on cardboard from Dumpsters, but he said he’s come a long way since those early attempts. He now makes his living as an artist, painting murals and municipal electrical boxes as well as hosting one-night art shows and other efforts.

Marines will also be instructing a camp at Crossings this summer, “Inspiration: Painting What You Find!” happening Aug. 11-15.

The exhibit and reception are free. People may view the exhibit during regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Crossings is located at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota. Find more at

If you go …

What: Reception for Bobby Marines and James David

When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday July 26

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

Cost: Free

More info: 507-732-7616 or