LITTLE FALLS -- A traveling exhibit featuring functional pieces from Minnesota artists opened last week in New York Mills and will move to Little Falls in early December.
Organized by the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, the 35-piece exhibit will visit each of the 11 regions before the end of summer 2001.
It opened in Fosston in August and Mora in October, before moving this month to the Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills where it will be available for public consumption through Nov. 30.
In December the exhibit will arrive at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls where an opening night reception is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Admission is free.
Lana Johnson of Aitkin is participating in "Art at Work," a touring exhibit of decorative yet functional art, with her "Untitled, Vase." The 35-piece exhibit opened recently in New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and will move to Little Falls in December.
Called "Art at Work," the exhibit features decorative but functional bowls and pots, benches and baskets, runners and quilts, folding screens and rocking chairs, and even a kaleidoscope.
The exhibit was juried by Christina Y. Smith, a Los Angeles-based metalsmith, and coordinated by Sandy Kaul, a Bemidji weaver, arts consultant and director of Bemidji State University's Talley Gallery.
Several participating artists hail from the Bemidji area, including fiber artists Patricia Black and Lonnie Knutson; metal artist Linda Brown; ceramic artists John Holden, Cyrus Swan and Jason Trebs; and mixed media artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson.
Ceramic artist Lana Johnson of Aitkin is also participating in the show with her handcrafted "Untitled, Vase."
"The exhibit celebrates excellence in craft by giving the citizens and communities throughout Minnesota access to the rich diversity of work by Minnesota artists making functional art," Kaul said in a recent news release.
"Visitors will have the opportunity to see witty, beautiful, fragile, colorful, inventive works through which the artists share their passion for their craft," she added.
Smith, whose work was featured in the spring 1999 edition of Metalsmith Magazine, said "many Minnesota craft artists seem to have turned their attention to the simplicity and beauty of the form."
"Objects such as vessels, wearables and furniture have all been used as vehicles to explore and embody the purity of the form," she said. "The selected works (in the exhibit) demonstrate the diversity of concepts, materials and forms employed by the Minnesota functional artist."
The exhibit will move to southern Minnesota communities for January and February but will return to central Minnesota in March for a monthlong showing at the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud.
It will be on display at the North Country Museum of Art in Park Rapids in June.
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