Nature: Seen and Unseen

Jan 7 – Feb 6, 2021

Anne Rynearson

Mary Welke

This exhibition features recent artwork by Anne Rynearson and Mary Welke.

Join us for a live, virtual Artist Reception to celebrate these artists on Thursday, January 14 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the artists, and see a slideshow of artwork while hearing from each of the participating artists. Email for the link to join the party!

Anne Rynearson’s work and studio practice is centered in painting processes, with added interests in relief printmaking and drawing. She works with acrylic materials on canvas and paper, integrating stencil, airbrush and pouring techniques in an intuitive manner. Her current series of works on canvas and paper, Liminal Realities + Enigmatic Constructs, is an exploration into concepts and narratives related to nature and non-ordinary experience created with experimental painting processes.

The inspiration for the work is informed by Anne’s interests in natural processes and forms, as well as research into areas of cosmology, philosophy, mythical narratives, mysticism and symbolism in visual art; these concepts and image references share themes that involve shifting reality, altered states of perception and fantastic journeys or destinations. The interplay of geometric forms and patterns with gestural and chance marks dominates her approach and discovery of the imagery. The works are being created generatively, each informing the others, yet retaining individuality within the series.

Mary Welke will exhibit experimental, mixed media paintings on the topic of prairie renewal, prescribed burns for soil health and farmland restoration. She spent the past year researching, visiting and documenting Minnesota prairie restoration sites, observing a prescribed burn and meeting with a local, restorative commercial farmer to discuss farming practices, land concerns and soil health.

Mary’s new paintings explore both the physicality and fragile nature of land renewal as she interprets these ideas into her latest art techniques. Her work has a playful and whimsical quality as she moves from delicate line work to heavily collaged prairie ash and organic matter embedded onto some of her pieces. Others, she simply burned with a torch.

Anne Rynearson and Mary Welke are each fiscal year 2020 recipients of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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