AITKIN -- The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin is hosting Layers of Latitude, a solo exhibition by regional artist Sara Hanlon.
The show will run through Nov. 6. The exhibition showcases Hanlon's versatility as an artist and includes several large, medium and small acrylic paintings on canvas, many focused on wildlife. There also are watercolors and mixed media paintings.
But the show is a study of Hanlon's flexibility. She has brought to this exhibit collage works, handmade paper and small acrylics painted on plastic panels that are heated to bond the mediums together. She has polymer clay sculptures on display, and she has exquisitely-carved wood decoys.
Hanlon knew her calling was art by the time she entered junior high and began winning awards. She grew up in St. Paul and later attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She went to work for a weekly newspaper and later an advertising agency.
Hanlon moved to Brainerd and established herself as a freelance graphic artist, received national recognition for an ad campaign and later developed her own agency. But studio art was always where her real interest was, so she accepted a job at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center as a technician while she made the shift from graphic to studio art.
In 1994, Hanlon opened White Wings Gallery in Brainerd, representing several regional artists.
During this time, Hanlon sat on the Region 5 Arts Council, curated exhibitions in central and northern Minnesota, was a freelance photojournalist for area newspapers and a locally published magazine. She taught workshops and mentored children and adults in art. She also completed a two-year residency working with children at risk, integrating education and culture through art.
After 25 years in the Brainerd area, Hanlon relocated to Chaska. She is now employed by Nature's Bounty Garden Gift Center as a buyer and retail consultant. But she has not left art behind. Hanlon opened the Mill House Gallery, where she continues to represent regional artists.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.