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TWO HARBORS, MN  ----- March 1, 2014 --- Meet these gifted local and regional artists! Watercolor, oil, and mixed media paintings, Laverder and Lace ceramics, sculpture, and other objects of art
Artist Reception on Saturday April 12, 3:00 - 5:00PM at Waterfront Gallery

The goal of the Voyageur Art Club is to reach out to the Community, encouraging them to be aware of the beauty surrounding all of us.  The Voyageur Art Club awards scholarships to High School Students who are pursuing degrees in the Fine Arts.  The club sponsors workshops and demonstrations with classroom teachers.   All club meetings and workshops held at the Art Center in Two Harbors are open to the public.

Lavender and Lace by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens 


The president of the Voyageur Art Club, Syble Penning, looks forward to sharing the group's new works at the Waterfront Gallery,  "As artists we appreciate the beauty of winter and look forward to the promise of spring.  We hope to inspire and bring back memories of springs' re-awakening."

Voyageur Art Club Artists

Many of the artists that are members of the club have rich histories, experience, and prominence in art both here in the Northland and across the United States.  

Voyageur club member Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, who considers herself a "realist impressionist" creates paintings, mostly in oil, preferring to work directly from nature whenever possible.  Sandi is a plein-air (painting outdoors) painter who just completed a very busy fall in 2013.  All at the same time, her work was exhibited in 5 shows in northern Minnesota; The Grand Marais Annual Plein Air Competition, the Duluth Art Institute, the 20/20 Studio Art Tour, a group show at the Vanilla Bean Cafe, and a successful solo show of nearly 40 paintings at the Jaques Art Center in Aitken.  

Member Elsie Cook has exhibited and competed with her paintings in locations including New York, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Carmel, Denver, and Ohara, Japan.   Her work is in corporate collections including that of Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen, and Shell Oil Company.  A teacher in public schools for 12 years, she is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America.  Elsie sketches and photographs images she finds beautiful or interesting.  When back at her studio applies her first impressions to paint subject matter that might be landscape, street scene, still life, or figures.  Elsie finds the effects of the elements--sunlight, shadows, rain, snow--very moving and is overpowered by the need to capture or record the image.

Member Linda Hoffman, her profession in physical education, paints in watercolor and sometimes combined with a "drizzle" acrylic.     Acrylic paint is dropped to a sketched image in hand motions well above the surface, allowed to dry, and then full watercolor painting completes the work.  Linda describes her drizzle artwork as a "marriage of control and a lack of control" in achieving results.  She is happy to have been the exhibited artist at the New Scenic Cafe from November to this February.  Her work could be seen on the current cafe's menu cover and pages---an image of Burlington Bay.

Helen Hartley is a Voyageur club member who has worked with multiple forms of art media because of her profession as an occupational therapist.  An artist in mixed media paintings, watercolors, and ceramic sculpture, she exhibited last year at the Duluth Art Institute, 20/20 Studio Art Tour, and Grand Marais Art Colony.  She also exhibited with over 70 artists at the historic Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, winning one of the 6 blue ribbons awarded for show excellence.   The art center scheduled another exhibit of the six winners, where Helen included 10-12 pieces of her multi-media work.  

Art Club member Rose Kadera Vastilla has advanced degrees in art education and studio ceramics who is now retired from her art teaching position with the Minneapolis Public Schools.  Her ceramic work includes functional stoneware, sculptural ceramics, and a variety of primitive fired vessels. She creates simple durable forms in her stoneware that reflect an earlier simpler time in America.  Her ceramic sculptures incorporate winter trees that are bare but depict tall unmoving ancient spirits.  Rose is part of the 20/20 Studio Art Tour on the North Shore.

Joyce Gow, a member of the American Watercolor Society, published in 'American Artist Magazine', and mentor/instructor to many watercolor students, has competed and placed in national shows in New York, Louisiana, Montana and more.  Gow, a charter member of the Voyageur Art Club, passed away January 2014, leaving all with a memory of a highly recognized icon---a talented and prolific painter on the North Shore.  Joyce began painting watercolors in 1967 and then began teaching watercolor painting to others in 1968.  Her painting workshops inspired students all through the Midwest, and in Idaho and Florida.  Waterfront Gallery is honored to exhibit works by patron and friend, Joyce Gow, in this spring show.  

New Members to the Club

New Voyageur Art Club member Shelley Getten does block-print work, "I have attended a number of Voyageur exhibits, including last year's spring event at Waterfront Gallery.  I am excited and honored to show my work this year among the talented artists in the group at this wonderful venue."  She adds, "Once we have rounded the corner into a new year, my mind turns towards images of spring, and my creative energy gains momentum.  I am looking forward to the exhibit, which pays tribute to my favorite season."

Another new member, Michelle Ronning, jewelry artist, notes "I am excited about being in the Voyageurs Club to support the art and artists in our community.  I am also inspired by this dedicated group who come together monthly for many years to learn and share."  Michelle salutes their efforts and wishes to build upon them with new blood. new medium, and new exposure to the public.  "I love working with Waterfront Gallery because it's very friendly, professional, and offers a great selection for art lovers.  I know that I can get feedback, support, and a broad audience when I show my pieces there."

Voyageur Art Club Exhibit and Opening Reception at Waterfront Gallery

Val Doherty, owner of Waterfront Gallery, looks forward to the 2014 Annual Spring Exhibit of the Voyageur Art Club members’ new works; watercolor, oil, and mixed media paintings as well as ceramics, sculpture, and other objects of art.  

The April Exhibit at Waterfront Gallery may include works by club members;

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Oil and Watercolor Paintings
Elsie Cook, Oil and Watercolor Paintings
John Anderson, Mixed Media Paintings
Michelle Ronning, Fine Stone Jewelry
Rose Kadera Vastilla, Ceramic Tableware/Sculpture
Helen Hartley Watercolor/Ink Paintings
Linda Hoffman, Watercolor Drizzle and Collage
Nancy Steinhauser, Watercolor Paintings
Dorothy Moe, Watercolor Paintings
Sheila Fallon, Mixed Media Works
Shelley Getten, Block Prints, Mixed Media
Arlee Wilkes, Watercolor Paintings
Marlene Miller, Mixed Media Paintings
Joyce Gow, Watercolor Paintings

Exhibit Dates:  April 12 to June 7, 2014
Opening Reception:  Saturday April 12, 2014, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.  
This event is free and open to the public


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