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Spotlight: 'Greenery' at the Depot Gallery

"Prasinus Nebula" watercolor by Anna Toegel of Minneapolis1 / 2
"Swimmin’ Hole" watercolor by Dan Wiemer of Red Wing2 / 2

Opening on St. Patrick's Day, Greenery, a new juried art exhibition, will be on view at the Red Wing Arts Association Depot Gallery through May 7. There will be 32 pieces on display — ranging from an animated video to paintings and photographs to mixed media sculpture selected from more than 120 entries and 50 artists.

Greenery explores the themes of new beginnings, vitality and the color green. "Greenery" is also the Pantone Color of the Year. Artwork will be available for purchase through the duration of the show. An opening night reception — free and open to the public — will be heldfrom 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Depot Gallery, 418 Levee St. The reception will feature a short talk by Christopher Atkins, Greenery's juror and curator of exhibitions and public programs at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul.

"Greenery is the first show in the Depot Gallery to be juried by an outside curator/artist. Using a juror raises a show's standards, elevates our standing among galleries, and attracts more artists to the gallery, while at the same time reaffirming the value of our local artists' work," RWAA Executive Director Mary Lee said. "Greenery includes some of Red Wing's finest artists and we're also excited to welcome new talent to the Depot Gallery."

"I was so honored to be asked by the Depot Gallery to be their first juror for a

gallery show," Atkins said. "There was an impressive collection of submissions to review and it was no easy task to make the selections. I hope that audiences will be inspired by the works in this exhibition and Minnesota's thriving arts community."

The Red Wing Depot Gallery is part of the Red Wing Arts Association, a catalyst for celebrating

the importance of artists and the power of art in our lives. Each year, the activities of RWAA are

enjoyed by more than 10,000 people. Celebrating 65 years in 2017, the organization's home at

the historic train depot features more than 100 regional artists annually in the Depot Gallery and Shop.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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