Exhibit at Vanilla Bean
An exhibit of watercolor paintings by a trio of Minnesota artists is on display at the Vanilla Bean Café in Two Harbors Aug. 21 through Sept. 17.
Bob Astrup of Minneapolis began watercolor painting after retiring from teaching in the Cloquet and Mounds View Public Schools.
“Watercolor has always held wonder and joy for me,” he said. Astrup’s favorite places and hobbies, such as boating on the St. Croix and hunting ducks, often show up on his canvases.
Richard Graves, of Roseville, enjoys experimenting with different combinations of color, angles, lighting, and techniques. With his degree in architecture he spent a lot of time drawing and rendering with his design work.
“Painting felt like an extension of what I’d been doing. Watercolor painting was a hobby that overtook me,” Graves said.
Graves’ paintings are fresh and bold; his method is to use “tons” of pigment in hopes of getting maximum brilliance with a minimum number of brush strokes. His work can be viewed at www.richardgraveswatercolors.com
Reverend Jim McChesney, also of Roseville, is mostly self-taught and has studied with many national watercolor artists including Lisa Englander, Frank Webb and Cheng Khee Chee. McChesney likes to paint “plein aire,” taking on nature, landscapes, villages, street scenes and homes.”
The Vanilla Bean, located on Highway 61 in Two Harbors, is open daily at 7 a.m.
Rock art exhibit at Waterfront Gallery
Waterfront Gallery’s Lake Superior-inspired rock art exhibit opens Sept. 22 in Two Harbors. Each artist has incorporated rocks and stones from the Lake Superior basin in their art work.
Michelle Ronning creates jewelry from Lake Superior rocks using her knowledge from metal-smithing courses and art studies.
Gail Anderson, a graduate of the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., creates lamps using rocks from the shores of Superior.
Dale Burton, who spent most of his life as a carpenter, now uses his skills to create candlesticks using forging methods and incorporating Lake Superior rocks.
Joel Carter, a physician by day, has written a new book about rock sculptures, a follow-up to his first book about balanced rock sculpture installations in and around Chester Creek in Duluth.
The opening reception will be Saturday, Sept. 22, 3-5 p.m. at Waterfront Gallery on First Avenue in Two Harbors. The gallery’s normal hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Under the Spreading Walnut Tree festival
Sept. 22-23 marks the 18th annual Under the Spreading Walnut Tree art festival. This year’s festival is hosted by Terry and Christine Williams, artists and business owners of Infinity Arts & Designs.
The two day event is on the grounds of the P.K. Anderson house located on Highway 61 and Eighth Avenue in Two Harbors, MN. The festival hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. There will be artwork displayed by more than 25 artists. On Sunday, there will be music by folk musician Thea Ennen.