Features Overview

 
 
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Ryan Ball - Ceramic Artist

Ryan has been working in clay for nearly a decade. He was hooked on the craft since he was exposed to the excitement of making pottery in college in Louisiana while pursuing a BFA photography degree. Ryan has been producing ceramic works ever since with a focus on functional wares for the kitchen and dining room. He also spent 2 years as a production potter after moving to the Twin Cities gaining invaluable experience, honing the art of wheel throwing pottery and creating matching sets of pieces in large quantities.

 

Gloria Adrian - Painting/Drawing

Gloria Adrian is an oil painter, who began her career as artist after her children were grown. Born in 1948 in Minnesota, she earned a BFA degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and further studied painting in Europe, Mexico and the US. She has lived most of her career in western Wisconsin where her canvases are humming with paintings of flora, birds and figures. Drawing inspiration from the outdoors and nature, her goal is to offer viewers images that reflect the magic and spirit of one’s natural surroundings. Gloria has exhibited her artwork throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota in group and individual exhibitions. Her paintings are in many private collections and she has painted several murals in public spaces.

 
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Terry Gallentine - Glass Artist

I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota on a small cattle ranch. It was there where I found out, with the help of my mother and father, that one can achieve many things with a desire to learn and a lot of work. I received a BFA from the University of North Texas and soon after began a lasting relationship with glass as a medium. I moved to the twin cities area some thirty years ago and now have a studio outside of River Falls. I use kiln fired glass techniques such as fusing, slumping, painting, pressing, and pate de verre to create glass work that interests me and I hope others as well.

 
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Eldora Larson - Painter

My artwork is my means of expressing what I know and what I feel. I find the world to be an exciting place and I want others to see what I see; the essence of a simple object, the depth of color and dimensions of a landscape, the whimsy of everyday items standing side by side. This desire to share is my driving force. Moving a viewer to an emotional response with my artwork is a powerful experience and leaves me wanting to work harder and create even more. I produce original art using watercolor and acrylic paints as well as pencil, pen, and ink drawings.

 
 
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Dale Lewis - Sculptor

I’m an Electrical Technician and Machinist who has worked for a specialized machine builder. After leaving the work force, I found myself with time to experiment with making mosaic sculptures. Five years ago, I bought equipment and started making welded metal sculptures. My hobby has become a fulltime obsession for me; I try to make each piece entertaining. One recurring comment I hear from people is that my art makes them smile, and that’s what makes it fun! There’s no turning back now, this is what I want to do when I grow up! I specialize in welded metal sculptures with many made of stainless steel. I also enjoy making mosaic sculptures.

 
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Cheryl Maplethorpe - Painter

My training consists of high school art class. Thank you, Mrs. Potter. I produced some art during my work life but once I retired, I had more time to pursue my passion for producing art. My paintings are a glimpse of life and hopefully are provocative and interesting. I want the viewer to interact. I paint portraits of life - people and pets.

 
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Brittany Polzin - Ceramic Artist

There is a dichotomy of solitude and community in my making process. The solitude of my studio allows for fearless experimentation and personal meditation. This is balanced by a vibrant community of woodfire potters who provide external support and conversation. The vessels that I create are a reflection of this dichotomy, meant to serve the individual and encourage the sharing of their contents. Within each series, each individual piece is altered to develop a different personality from that of the group, not unlike how human personalities are altered by their environment. The surfaces of the pots are then given a distinct hand carved texture and fired in a woodkiln; woodash highlights the ridges of the surface, like laugh lines on a face.