Evelyn Matthies gave definitive proof of why art is good for a community April 24 at Central Lakes College.
The retired CLC art instructor and owner of the Porthole Gallery in Brainerd donated three pieces of artwork to a raffle, the proceeds of which will go toward a CLC scholarship fund.
Lori Norgard of Fort Ripley won the choice among the paintings. It took her nearly a half hour to decide, but Norgard chose the English wildflower watercolor print. More than 200 people entered the drawing.
"It will go well in my kitchen," Norgard said. "I admire Evelyn and her work."
Matthies also donated acrylic paintings of the Mississippi River and Florence, Italy. She produced the art after visiting these places. In the case of the river painting, it is from the perspective of an airplane that she flew overhead.
Brainerd artist and owner of the Porthole Gallery, Evelyn Matthies spoke at a reception in her honor last week at Central Lakes College. The current CLC exhibit "Retro, Etc." covers several decades of her work. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
"Paintings are uplifting for the artist, because they bring back all these memories," Matthies said in a speech to gallery patrons.
Her current CLC exhibit "Retro, Etc." covers several decades of her work, from the farmland scenes she favored in the 1950s to the woodcuts of the '70s and the local imagery of the '80s.
"In 2003, I'm doing everything," Matthies said. "I'm doing artwork for myself. It's a natural high."
The scholarship fund started with an anonymous donation of $1,000 in Matthies' name, said Diane Scearcy, executive director of Foundation, Grants and Research. CLC's goal is to reach $10,000 and then use the interest to give out an arts scholarship every year.
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