Here’s our re-cap of the opening reception, and why you should catch the show too.
Fitting that the shaded ArtReach St. Croix gallery doubled as a haven from the heat on Friday evening. Everywhere inside were images of the wilderness havens to which so many of us retreat. The Boundary Waters. The St. Croix. Wisconsin’s Brule River. The gallery’s modest spaces were near to running over with guests, which was fantastic and encouraging to see.
Northern Solitudes features the work of two artists: Painter Mary Jo Van Dell and photographer John Kaul. While they create in different media from one another, the works of both were well-paired for the show. Van Dell’s landscapes, loose and brushy, evoke a sense of calm and solitude with their wide-open compositions. Kaul’s work has a similar reflective quality. Amidst subjects like riverside cabins, lone docks and wildlife, even the minor details seem to beg attention. Ripples in the water. Distant treelines. And we were reminded of those moments when one is alone in places like these; when the senses are allowed time to take it all in.
Samples of both artists’ work can be seen here.
The ArtReach space is easy to find, and just up the hill from Downtown Stillwater’s main drag. If you’re anywhere near the Twin Cities, it’s absolutely worth your while to see this show.
For more details, see ArtReach St. Croix’s site.