Botanical Painting Exhibit
Mending with Gold
West Gallery, 2nd floor lobby
Susan Strong (McDonald) has found inspiration and pleasure painting flowers and plants in a traditional watercolor style. She first became interested in drawing botanical subjects at the University of Michigan Biological Station, where she studied for two summers during college. She still owns an early pen and ink drawing of milkweed that she completed at Sweet Briar College. This started her on her artistic career. She taught art and design at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis and was a founding member of W.A.R.M. (the Women’s Art. Registry of Minnesota). After retiring from teaching, she studied at the Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota, Florida. Her paintings for this exhibit reflect her interest in the natural world, botany, color and form.
Contact Jantje Visscher, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about the paintings. They are available for purchase.
East Gallery, 2nd floor lobby
What can we learn from a broken teacup? Kintsugi gives new life to damaged or aging ceramic objects by celebrating their fragility and history in an organic way. One can consider how we might live a Kintsugi life, finding cracks, missing pieces and chips - bringing to life the scars that have come from life experiences, finding new purpose through aging and loss, seeing the beauty of ‘imperfection’ and loving ourselves, family and friends despite flaws.
Gershom Wu’s interesting display which can now be seen in the second floor East gallery opens our eyes to the art of Kintsugi, with gold repairs of what we might have considered throw-away objects, transformed by craftsmanship into things of lasting beauty. Explanations of the craft and it’s ancient history are given, as well as the tools used for its creation.
Photos and more info lower on this page.