DEERWOOD -- "Inuit Images," an exhibit of prints by indigenous artists of Canada's Northwest Territory, opened last weekend at Ripple River Gallery in rural Deerwood.
Assembled by Jerry Riach, who owns an Eden Prairie gallery, the exhibit will run through May 20.
It includes limited edition stone cut and stone lithographs, stencils and etchings by artists from Cape Dorset on Baffin Island, where printmaking has become a community tradition since the 1950s, according to a gallery news release.
"Today, the Inuit artists and printmakers of the Cape Dorset print shop work together to produce some of the most unique and sophisticated prints available," the release said.
"Young Kayakers," a lithograph by artist Nikotai Mills, is part of the "Inuit Images" print exhibit by artists of Canada's Northwest Territory. The exhibit opened last weekend at Ripple River Gallery in rural Deerwood and will run through May 20.
Their works "reflect a landscape of unending horizons and perpetual mysteries ... and birds, fish, walrus and whales are common themes in the prints, as are Intuit mythology and everyday pursuits ... and family life," the release said.
Riach will present a gallery "walk and talk" from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21, discussing the Inuits' printmaking techniques, as well as their culture and history that relate to their art works.
Ripple River is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Owned by wood turner Bob Carls and print maker Amy Sharpe, the gallery opened a year ago to showcase original work by regional artists. The works of several artists are featured at the gallery.
The gallery is located five miles south and three miles east of Deerwood at County Road 14 and Partridge Avenue. But it's best to call ahead at (218) 678-2575 for directions.
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