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May News Flash

Greetings! What an exciting month April turned out to be! I have just returned from Sligo, Ireland. At the invitation of Megan Johnston, Director of the Model, I was a visiting artist in the Bureau of Radical Accessibility (BRA) housed within The Model. The gallery is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centers and has developed the BRA in direct defiance to the closed-off office spaces in order to meet, hold discussions and conduct interviews with the public, colleagues and others. I spoke about my artistic and public practice to a wonderful audience at the BRA and held office hours. Thank you to Megan Johnston for this invitation and the warm welcome from Sligo! It was exciting to see the Niland Collection installation and Paul Seawright’s work.

My collaborative artist-led program involving Duluth and its 5 sister cities, 122 Conversations is underway! I have completed interviews with citizens in Sweden and Iraqi Kurdistan. May 21 and 22, I will be in Thunder Bay, Canada at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery conducting interviews with 10 of their citizens. These interviews will be explored into art pieces that speak to cross-cultural understanding and compassion. The Grand Opening for the international exhibition is slated for September 11 in Thunder Bay. Please join me!

Someone Else’s Story at Burnet Gallery wrapped up this past month. I am happy to say the show was quite a success! There was a steady stream of visitors and I enjoyed many wonderful conversations! I’m so grateful for those of you who chose to come. I enjoyed being with you! Your support means the world to me! If you could not make it and would like to see artwork that was in the show, there are a few wonderful paintings still available. The gallery is happy to arrange appointments, as well as answer any questions you my have. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Phelps at the Burnet Gallery; 612.767.6824 or

This month, my next solo exhibition opens on May 8 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the Janet Carson Gallery. Frail Features and Transcending Treeness will feature some of my earlier works, self-portraits and tree series. The opening event and artist talk is May 14, 5 – 8 pm. If you are in the area I would love to see some friendly faces! More details here and below.

3M news room produced a short video entitled ‘What Creativity Means to Me’ with the four artists of Someone Else’s Story, Sonja PetersonTeo Nguyen and Tetsuya Yamada. The link to the video is below. They are generating fun, informative and interesting short videos. If you haven’t already been on their sight it is definitely worth a visit.

                                    To watch video, click HERE.
Janet Carson Gallery: Frail Features & Transcending Treeness

When:      May 8 – June 19

9 AM – 4:30 PM

Where:    Janet Carson Gallery

316 Eau Claire Street

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Meet the Artists’ Reception & Art Talk

Thursday, May 14, 5-8pm

Image: Ode to Blue Spruce, 72″ by 48″, acrylic on canvas, 2011



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