Many people come to this area for the crisp cold, open spaces and vast possibilities of a Northern Minnesota winter. All of these things are celebrated in Snow Blind, the exhibit in the Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork from May 27 to June 26. The oil paintings of Nicole Fredrickson are based on her experiences visiting Bigfork in the winter to see her grandmother, Teresa Fredrickson, and other family. She says, ”The sense of isolation offered by a frozen Minnesotan landscape instilled within me the deepest feelings of serenity” and the paintings reflect these feelings. Vast areas of quiet, snow covered fields or woods are shown, but many of the Winterscapes include people off to the side as observers or as small intruders.
Nicole Fredrickson was born and raised in New Jersey, graduating from Drew University in 2008. She is presently a graphic designer with Hooper Holmes in New Jersey. It is from a visitor’s prospective that she loves and paints Northern Minnesota, appreciating the beauty and isolation in contrast to hectic everyday life. Viewers of the paintings may experience the quiet as well.
Meet the artist at the Opening Reception is on Friday, May 28 from 5:00 to 7:00. The exhibit runs through June 26. You can also find out more from her website: www.ntfredrickson.com.