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Art that resonates and reflects in Zumbrota

Nancy Grist titles this painting "Near Munising II." Her work is on display at Crossings at Carnegie Sept. 9-Oct. 21, 2017.1 / 2
Kristine Fretheim’s "Tangled Up In Blue" is among the works hanging through Oct. 21, 2017, at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota.2 / 2

ZUMBROTA — Meet the artists tonight behind the new exhibit at Crossings at Carnegie. The public reception for Nancy Grist and Kristine Fretheim is 6-7:15 p.m. Sept. 16.

Grist has been practicing art and architecture in the Twin Cities for 24 years. She said she studied fine arts, dance, Chinese language and literature has has settled into a life that involves most of those things.

Why does a particular sight or image resonate with people? Grist said she enjoys when light, color, and form in everyday scenes combine in stirring ways. That's why she looks for value and meaning in the connections between people, places, moments and activities. She adds that she's lucky to work in a sunny, third-floor warehouse studio in northeast Minneapolis.

Growing up in her father's art studio and posing for his portrait painting classes, Fretheim said she knew at a young age that she would become a professional artist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied art education at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn. She began painting in watercolor in the late 1970s when she moved to Minneapolis from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Zen meditation has transformed Kristine's life and her painting process. She was introduced to Zen in 1999 and received lay ordination in 2003. Watercolor, with its transparent layers and the light of the paper shining through, is a great metaphor for meditation, she says. Fretheim calls her current work abstract realism.

The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 21.

For more information, visit Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, is open 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.