The Northfield Arts Guild presents “Take the Fork in the Road: Realism and Abstraction” an exhibition featuring paintings by Julie Fakler, ceramic installation by Lisa Truax, and colored pencil drawings by Steven Watson. This exhibition runs September 28 through October 28, 2017 in the Main Gallery at the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South.
Julie Fakler paints on a gessoed hardboard with many thin watered down layers of acrylic paint. Her subjects are domesticated animals that include cats, dogs, and farm animals. This exhibition will feature the work created during her SEMAC grant project after visiting South East Minnesota farms to meet the farm animals and farmers.
Lisa Truax says of her installation pieces in which she combines traditional ceramic materials and found natural materials: ”We think of nature as untouched and wild, and not something controlled or created by humans. Through my work I attempt to create a sense of connection to nature in the viewer, yet through the utilization of abstraction avoid direct connections to specific places.”
Steven Watson uses a familiar medium (colored pencil) in his work, but takes an unconventional path in his exploration and execution of secular and spiritual themes. His drawing technique, described as “regimented rectangles” or simply “color-on, color-off writing” expands on the already liberating notions of drawing – despite this regimentation.
Learn more about the work and the artists at the Artist Reception on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with Artist Talks at 7:30 p.m. The Guild’s Center for the Arts is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The 2017-18 Gallery Season is sponsored by First National Bank.
Julie Fakler project sponsored by SEMAC:
This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.
This activity is made possible by the voter of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage