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Paint and pottery mingle in Crossings exhibit

Explore the Works of Ryan Ball and Shawna Gilmore on display through June 17 at Crossings in Zumbrota.

ZUMBROTA — On view at Crossings at Carnegie through June 17 is an exhibit of mysterious worlds and beautiful bowls combining the work of Duluth, Minn., painter Shawna Gilmore and St. Paul ceramist Ryan Ball.

Gilmore received her bachelor's degree in studio art, with an emphasis in drawing and printmaking from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2000. Since then she has exhibited in Duluth, Minneapolis and Wisconsin. She says of her work, "My surrealistic paintings explore the edges of reality, where escapism is allowed and daydreams are set free."

The worlds that Gilmore creates in her paintings are quirky and intriguing with a hint of the dangerous mixed in with the wonder, Crossings officials said. They are peopled by children who appear to come from another era, boys dressed in short pants, knee socks and public school blazers, and girls in printed dresses. These children often inhabit dark woods, starry nights or featureless stages and frequently are accompanied by animals, some tiny, some huge.

Ball is a native of Baton Rouge, La. In 2010 he completed a degree in photography and ceramics from Louisiana Tech, then relocated to Minnesota where he honed his craft while working as a production potter for several Twin Cities companies.

For this exhibit, Ball created a collection of mostly white, wheel-thrown bowls. The result is an example of the infinite variety that that basic shape can take. Large and small, some have smooth elegant curves; others have sides that undulate, as though barely containing the centripetal force that made them. The surface decoration shows a corresponding diversity; some bowls just have hints of color peeking out from the white, while others have assertive, but orderly, polka-dots, and yet others have bold drips of contrasting glaze or vigorous brush strokes.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a closing reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular open hours at no charge. Crossings is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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