Spotlight: Works on display at Crossings
Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota is exhibiting works by Debra D'Souza, mosaic artist, and Dan Wiemer, watercolorist, through through June 16.
D'Souza is a fine artist who specializes in mosaics, drawn to detail and pattern, particularly the kind of detail one may not notice at first glance. She believes that as an explorer and an artist one needs to train the eye, not just to look, but also to see and observe.
The pattern of the leaves, lines in a tree's bark, clouds in the sky form similar "andamento", visual movement or rhythm produced by the mosaic elements — her mosaics are a study of these rhythms. Her work is a combination of modern materials and ancient practice still rendered with the same techniques; using glass, stone, nipper, hammer and chisel.
She said she is dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of mosaic art, along with the techniques and materials used in the past.
Wiemer of Red Wing is a fine artist, illustrator and workshop instructor who considers himself to be primarily a landscape artist. The majority of his work is created in watermedia.
He paints both on location (plein air) and in the studio. He utilizes the opaque nature of acrylic and the transparent qualities of watercolor to create contrasts. Looking at his work, you see how he plays with the shapes and textures of the landscape to find rhythms in the scene that translate into exciting motifs. He doesn't try to replicate nature but to distill, stylize and give the viewer his interpretation, something they can be a part of.
The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at a reception at Crossings 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Wine and light appetizers will be served.
For more information visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732- 7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota