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An Imagined Journey

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Saturday, September 29, 2018

An Imagined Journey photo

Gallery 427 is proud to present An Imagined Journey by photographer Amy Ballinger.

Opening reception Saturday September 15 from 7 to 10pm
Closing reception Thursday October 4 from 6 to 9pm.
Gallery hours: Saturdays September 22nd and 29th from noon to 4pm.

Artist Statement:
I love to tell stories with my photos; to suggest a journey, dark, magical and full of possibilities. I love the contrast between life and death, dark and light and strive to show the beauty and tension between the two. I have always been inspired by dreams; the fantastical feeling of being in another world, how the impossible becomes possible, how forms morph and change and how universal laws such as gravity do not exist. With my photographs I hope to capture the surreal feeling of a dream and transport the viewer to another world full of imagination.

~ Amy Ballinger

Gallery 427
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. N.E. #427
Minneapolis Mn.

Reveal and Conceal at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018

Reveal and Conceal at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery photo

An exploration into encaustic, Reveal and Conceal, is an exhibition of encaustic paintings and sculptures curated by Kolman & Pryor Gallery artist, Jodi Reeb. Encaustic as a medium continues to gain momentum. This exhibition delves into encaustic’s potential, possibilities, and aesthetic concerns with work by four national artists: Helen Dannelly, Jeffrey Hirst, Julie Snidle, and Reeb.

“The works in this exhibition challenge ideas about structure, translucency, and the painted surface, while investigating scale, geometry, spatial relationships, texture, and color,” Reeb explains. “Strong physical elements come from layering and scraping the encaustic paint while manipulating the image with oil pigments, screen printing, and elevation from the wall. Nature’s cycles are also a theme in these artists’ work, which juxtapose geometry with the softness found in nature.”

Encaustic is an ancient medium. The word comes from the Greek, “enkaustikos,” which means to heat or to burn. Encaustic painting involves combining beeswax and damar resin heated to 160-220 degrees, after which colored pigments are added. The material is applied in its molten state to a surface, then “fused” with a torch or heat gun to create a variety of effects.

Reveal and Conceal begins Saturday, September 15, 2018, and closes Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Artist Reception: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7-9 p.m
The Kolman & Pryor Gallery is located in Studio 395, Northrup King Building at 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. For more information, please call: 612-385-4239 or 612-280-7812, or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit:

Featured Artist

Leni Erickson

Leni Erickson

I am exploring: What makes something a “prayer bead” or a “medicine necklace?” Most cultures have them. What are they exploring? How is it different than jewelry? Can I create a new fusion that honors and respects the diversity of multiple traditions?

This inquiry leads me to search out elements and processes that are actively used in cultures around the world. Artisans, often in remote villages, are honored and delighted to be part of this urban process. Some elements have been made the same way for over 500 years. These artisans love hearing people’s interest and regard, and I delight in staying connected with them.
I also integrate unique stones. I found a stone cutter who purchased and cut beads from paver stones from the sidewalk at Einstein’s house in Bern, Switzerland. Perfect for my collection exploring the “Unified Field.” Another unusual stone are beads cut from stones being replaced at the Colosseum in Rome. I love mixing science, history with spirituality.

All Starfire Bead’s, with deep respect for multiple traditions, are created to allow a new fusion to occur. The pieces arise out of their own singular intent, exploring self awareness and mastery.
While the beads are objects of beauty, may they deepen perceptions and stir conversations. If you take one home, may it become part of your travels, both inner and outer.


Michael Speaker’s Sculpture featured in “Pop! 50 Years of Art & Popular Culture

Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Michael Speaker’s Sculpture featured in “Pop! 50 Years of Art & Popular Culture

Michael Speaker’s sculpture, “Team Xerox” mixed woods, 52inches high, 1989, is included in “Pop! 50 Years of Art & Popular Culture from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

The unique influence of Pop art will be explored in Pop! 50 Years of Art & Popular Culture from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at Pepperdine University’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art beginning Tuesday, August 28, until Sunday, December 2. A special opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 9, from 2 to 4 PM.

Featuring vintage examples of historic Pop art, combined with work by younger artists, this exhibition features more than 50 pieces, and looks at the varied ways contemporary art continues to reflect mass media and daily life.
Since Pop art appeared in the early 1960s, artists have drawn inspiration from popular culture. Over time, Pop has proven to be a remarkably resilient and flexible style, renewing itself with each generation of young artists who look at the world around them with an alert and lively eye. The artists in this exhibition draw inspiration from a wide range of daily experiences, from comic books to television, from kitchen toasters to manhole covers. Including work by the pioneers of the movement as well as by newer talents, this exhibition reveals that the Pop spirit is ever renewed in the eye of the beholder.

Congratulations Michael.