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Wiemer and Tonder exhibit to open Oct. 20

Dan Wiemer of Red Wing captures Minnesota's North Shore in this painting titled "Ancient Mosaic" that is part of the "View From the North" exhibit running Oct. 12-Nov. 12, 2017, in the Red Wing Depot. Only a portion of the painting is shown here.1 / 2
This image shows place of piece is from Michael Tonder's Cliff Series. The Minnesota artist, whose Blue Skies Glassworks is along Lake Superior, said his art reflects his experiences as a forester and park manager and his excursions into Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park.2 / 2

"View From the North," a new exhibition featuring Dan Wiemer (watercolor/acrylics) and close friend Michael Tonder (glass sculpture) will be at the Red Wing Depot Gallery, opening Oct. 20. Red Wing Arts presents them through Nov. 12.

"View From the North" refers to both artists' love of nature and northern Minnesota, where Tonder lives and Wiemer often visits. The two seemingly different artists are paired in an exhibition that brings together the many parts of their work to make a whole.

Both artists said they were intentional in choosing their medium, focusing deeply on the process to explore their voices. Their work examines how it's possible to reflect and respond to shapes and space (the parts) rather than the full landscape (the whole).

"It's interesting to put our two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces together in a gallery show," Wiemer said. "There is a clear delineation in our work but they complement each other very well."

Wiemer of Red Wing is a landscape artist who paints both on location — often called plein air — and in the studio. He utilizes the opaque nature of acrylic paint and the transparent qualities of watercolor to create contrasts.

Tonder of Two Harbors works with recycled plate glass, kilns and a sandblaster to create one-of-a-kind glass sculptures. Within each form, he employs internal lines, altered surface textures and light reflection, refraction and diffusion to create tension, stimulate curiosity and engage the eye. His art reflects the many influences of his experience as a forester and park manager, and excursions into places such as Minnesota's Boundary Waters.

The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. at the Red Wing Depot Gallery.

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