Friday, July 10, 2009

Art on the Edge: Fifth Annual Juried Exhibit

Twenty artists have been selected for Art on the Edge: Fifth Annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork. The 39 artworks are in the Gallery from July 2 through August 1. The Opening Reception for this show is on Friday, July 3 from 5:00 to 7:00. The Awards ceremony is at 6:30.

Juror Cecilia Lieder chose Bigfork artists Joy Anderson, Jeff Argir, Char Bailey, Harold Dziuk, Karen Haberle, Owen Hagen, Gene Madsen, Lynn Nachbar, and David Richter. Donna Rae Anderson and Isaiah Hoppe are from Deer River, Helen Ahlbrecht and Tamara Bennett are both from Bovey while Staci Taylor is from Cohassett. Elizabeth Blair, St Paul, Catherine Hanson, Duluth, Ross Hilgers, Moorhead, Scott Rollenhagen, Big Falls, Dawn Rossbach, Menahga, and Peggy Selander, White Bear Lake, are all part of the exhibit.

The juror of this exhibit, Cecilia Lieder, has been an artist-printmaker for over 35 years. She is a native of Minneapolis who now lives in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood. Her work is well known in the region and in the Boston area. In 2007, she received the Arrowhead Regional Arts Commission George Morrison Arts Award for lifetime achievement in the arts. In 2006 she was awarded the Depot Foundation Artist Award for art and arts activism. Cecilia has received a McKnight/ARAC Artist Fellowship. Activism in the local arts community, directing a public arts project and helping to found and direct the Northern Printmakers Alliance (1999) and the Northern Prints Gallery are among her many accomplishments. She has also served on the Duluth Public Arts Commission and as the director of the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University.

Meet the juror and artists at the Opening Reception on July 3. The Awards Ceremony will take place about 6:30. Northern Pines Orthopaedic Clinic is the underwriter of the exhibit. ACS Telephone, First State Bank of Bigfork, Edge of the Wilderness Realty, Northland Dental Clinic, and Kocian’s Family Grocery are sponsoring Awards for the top two entries in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art. Bigfork Valley Hospital once again is sponsoring the People’s Choice Award where the viewers can vote for the art they think is best. The voting will take place on July 2, and on July 3, up until 6:15 at the Opening Reception.

The Gallery is closed on the 4th of July. The Gallery is open from 1:00 to 4:00 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Edge Center Gallery is next to the Bigfork School.

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