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Current  Exhibit

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A New Addition to the May Exhibit
Alebrijes!

  • The Alebrije is a type of art originating in Mexico.  Officially they were created by Mexican artist Pedro Linares López. 

  • In 1936, at the age of 30, Pedro, an artist who worked with cardboard in Mexico City, fell ill, lost consciousness and fell into a deep sleep that would reveal strange creatures that would change his destiny as an artist.  Pedro saw a donkey with wings, a rooster with bull’s horns, a lion with a dog’s head.  All the animals shouted together “Alebrijes!”  

  • They represent a combination of animal features and symbolize the elements of fire, water, wind and earth. This art is normally made of wood, porcelain, clay, glass or paper.  The Alebrije is painted with cheerful and bright colors.  They are imaginary beings, a combination of several animals.  

  • Our ESL group used wire, cardboard and paper mache to make our Alebrijes.  They are painted with acrylic paint and markers to create the colorful patterns typical to Mexican art.  

School classroom

MAY 2024

Lady Aline Wilking

&

Rosa Maria Cerda Rodriguez

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LADY ALINE 

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ROSA

Lady Aline

has taught in the JCC school district for 12 years.

Her artwork has helped her process situations, heal from difficulties, and overcome struggles.  Many pieces are self-portraits and she finds great meaning within colors, in the absence of colors, a variety of lines weights and shapes.

She has "Dr. Suessed it up" in her home with bold colorful spaces

She is licensed in Iowa as a Tattoo Artist where she seeks to find soul-mate clients who allow her to stay true to her artistic self.

Gallery Reception

May 10, 2024

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Rosa Maria Cerda Rodriguez

"SPARKLE"

 Mexican, born in Purepero Michoacán, Mexico, currently residing in Windom, MN. Self-taught, my art is mainly oil paintings, I also practice watercolor, acrylic, and pencil drawing. I lean towards oil and painting photographs of people, pets etc.  Without a doubt art has been something important in my life because it provokes in me a feeling of freedom.  It is like disconnecting from the outside world to connect with myself, and that is great.  When I paint, time stops but still It keeps moving forward and a part of me remains in every piece of art I make.

Upcoming  Exhibits

June 2024

"Be Brave! Expand your experiences by asking yourself, 'What if I tried . . .' and then Try It."  This is Anna's approach to art both for herself and her students.  She is a self-taught quilter and fiber artist and likes to explore fibers, techniques, colors and textures.
The Salmagundi Exhibit is a mélange of art quilts, oil paintings, and watercolor paintings.  As the word implies:  a collection of unrelated items coming together as one.

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ANNA JOHANNSEN

Gallery Reception

June 14, 2024

7 pm - 8:30 pm

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JULY 2024

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JUSTIN BECK

JOHN KELLEN

PHOTOGRAPHY

Gallery Reception

Friday, July 5, 2024

7 pm - 8:30 pm

EULOGIES

20 images by Justin depict rural Minnesota in the bygone era of the American Dream.

See through a different lens!

Surrounded by natural beauty and interesting people, I use my camera to document the world and then print images with a focus on the magic.  There is an amazing photograph everywhere I look!  

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2024

Nicole Crivellone

"IT'S BEEN A YEAR

Gallery Reception

Friday, August 8, 2024

7 pm - 8:30 pm

DOUG PETERSON

Nicole had a background in ink drawing before she started painting.  She simply wanted to paint a piece of art for her home and it grew into a hobby and passion.  Nicole challenges herself by choosing a subject she has never tried painting or by working toward advancing in a subject previously attempted.

Nicole perceives painting as freedom and peace, she is self-taught and finds formal rules of painting and art hard to stick to. She likes to do things her way and find what works for her. That is the joy of art. 

It's Been a Year encompasses exactly that, a year of work, a year of progress, a year of high highs and low lows, a year of learning, and a year of challenging oneself.

OCTOBER 2024

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KRYSTL LOUWAGIE

Layered Visions & Liminal Spaces

Krystl’s interest in art began early in life through illustrated fairy tale books, super-hero comics and animated cartoons. She’s also very enthusiastic about reading, exercising, cooking, remodeling her 1950’s home and animals (especially cats)!

Portraits, especially self-portraits, have been dominating Louwagie’s artistic work for the better part of the last fifteen years. She experiments within 2-d visual mediums, but in subject matter works with figures and portraits that call forth narratives. She does this through a variety of forms ranging from simple line comics to more complex portraits focusing on linework, shape and pattern. Her bold lines and narrative qualities are often reminiscent of what drew her to art even as a child: illustrated fairy-tale books and super-hero comics.

SUREE SOMPAMITWONG

Suree Sompamitwong is a multidisciplinary artist. Suree describes her artwork as "raw art" she intuitively creates from her emotions. She doesn't make what's real but she makes art based on how she feels. Suree believes art to be very healing and powerful. She uses art as a vehicle to promote causes she believes in advocating for mental health and against child sex trafficking. Suree likes to make sculptures and 3-D paintings that incorporate plaster and texture in her paintings. A lot of her artwork is about her trying to reconcile with the fact that she has a mental illness; bipolar. She feels that art is a safe way for her to put the chaos somewhere.

Christmas Decorations

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2024

HOLIDAY MARKET

2024 Previous Events

Crystal Salt

MARCH - APRIL
2024

 

 

JCC SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

DREAM IN ART

Come support our local children

Gallery Receptions 5 pm - 7 pm

March 9, 2024 and April 5, 2024

Artwork from K-12th grade JCC students and home school students

Cell Phone Photographers
The best of 2023
Showcasing our friends choice of their best cell phone photos.
Artists Reception: February 2, 7pm - 8:30 pm

 

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Over 50 cell phone photographers have entered their favorite photos from 2023.  We also had a few people who enter poems.

FEBRUARY 2024

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