Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Looking in Different Directions Gallery Exhibit

Looking in Different Directions

The last show in the Edge Center Gallery for 2017 is “Looking in Different Directions” which includes art by Butch Holden, Professor Emeritus of Art at Bemidji State University, and his son, Twin Cities artist Luke Holden.  It is only fitting that this show is one of the most colorful of the year  in a month that is predominantly white out side.  Yes, winter came unexpectedly early for many of us and it came with a serious white coat of snow over a couple of days shortly before the show.  Come in from the white outside and enjoy lots of color in a variety of mediums including ceramics, photography on canvas, screen printed drawings, and paintings.  The show will be from November 2nd to December 3rd  during normal Gallery hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10AM to 4PM and during events at the Edge Center. Admission is free and open to the public. There is a reception for the exhibit on Friday, November 3rd from 5PM to 7PM. Come and see the exhibits during the reception, and have some treats.

The Artists

Butch Holden, was the juror of the 2016 Art on the Edge Juried Show, received his B.A. in art from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and his M.F.A. in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. About his art, professor Holden says, “My works of pottery and photographs are a continuation of my fascination of the similarities of gardening and ceramics. When I garden, I am manipulating  all sorts of variables – soil, location, timing, temperature, water – all in the hopes of achieving a thriving plant.  Pottery is incredibly similar. I manipulate all sorts of variables – minerals, temperature, timing, water, and location (in the kiln) – all in hopes of achieving a desirable ceramic outcome…”

Holden continues, “My Drawings are based on perceptual experiences. The colors, marks and patterns that I develop are meant to evokethe sensations of a scene…”

Luke Holden, is a Twin Cities artist with a B.F.A. from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  He says that, “A When talking on the phone. Images seems to come from somewhere outside my control.  Sometimes I do not even recognize drawings I have made.  I like the irresponsible feelings of drawing anything that bubbles up as though writing down the narrative of a dream.  In my work I create processes that reduce judgement and self-critism so that I am able to draw more freely (or not at all).” 

“What comes out when my mind is a monitor, not a control panel?...The intent of my prints is to dig a tunnel between imagination and outer reality so that the two worlds can talk to each other.”

The Exhibit Samples


Looking in Different Directions will be on display from November 2 to December 3. The Edge Center Gallery is open during Edge events and on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free including the reception.