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Biophilia: Sacred Inner and Outer Landscapes Exhibit


GRAND MARAIS, MN  ----  April 16, 2011  ---   What’s so special about the Cheryl LeClair-Sommer : So Many Paintings, So Little TimeNorth Shore? More than 60 Mary Ellen Ashcroft : Deliverancelocal and regional artists will explore their answer to this question during the spring theme exhibit--Biophilia: Sacred Inner and Outer Landscapes-- on display at the Grand Marais Art Colony until April 24, 2011.  The exhibit is open daily from 9am-4pm. 

The North Shore calls us to greater depth and connection, one which in the artist’s realm invites exploration of the intersection between the geographical environment and inner spirituality. “People long to move beyond frenetic distraction; they want connection with something greater than themselves,” said co-curator Rev. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church.  “Christ told us to look at the birds, consider the flowers, and that call—to value creation as God’s second book—has too often been forgotten.  I’m excited to see how artists express that longing, that transcendent pull of our rocks and lakes.” 
The North Shore is home to a higher percentage of artists than most rural areas and every year a large number of visitors come here to soak in the visually inspiring terrain. Each participating artist will work in their media of choice – paintings, photography, mosaics, sculpture, beadwork, ceramics, collage, and fiber, to name a few.  The exhibit is curated by the Grand Marais Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, an unusual annual collaboration dedicated to using art to express the intangible.  “We are excited to see how the artists communicate the deep sense of place we experience on the North Shore because we ponder these questions ourselves,” said Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony and co-curator of the exhibit.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is Minnesota’s oldest Art Colony and is dedicated to providing services to artists, offering art education and nurturing creativity on the North Shore.  The exhibit is free and open to the public and located at 120 West 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais, Minn. For more information, call 218-387-2737 or see

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