How do we *really* know that spring is coming? Because it's almost time to open the galleries at the NAC!
Dear friends of the NAC;
Since taking the position of Executive Director earlier this year, I've had such fun getting to know our members, our supporters and this vibrant arts community. I am amazed by the energy and inspiration we have right here in our region. There is so much potential for growth and many opportunities to share our passion for arts and culture. I am looking forward to sharing this upcoming season with you all. Let me tell you a bit about what's coming up...
We will start our season with the powerful traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations." This nationally recognized, award-winning exhibit is made in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
At the same time, we will exhibit Walk for Hope & Peace by Rochester artist kyong juhn. In 2018, kyong walked from Rochester to Bemidji, the same distance her mother walked when she escaped from North Korea to Busan, South Korea. Her photographs of the places and people she met on her journey will touch your heart.
Our annual Youth Art Exhibit will highlight the works of bright, creative young people in our region. This exhibit is held in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a special workshop for young artists interested in applying to art colleges or programs will be offered by MCAD admissions counselor, Christopher Alday.
The beautiful work of Georgia Johnson Mrazkova will be in our main gallery throughout June and July. Mrazkova is an award-winning Minneapolis artist and MCAD graduate. Her colorful paintings are nostalgic and evocative, offering reflections of psychological states. You won't want to miss this show!
Ely artist Andy Messerschmidt brings bold colors and lines to his drawings on MDF fibreboard (image to the left is "Born in the Twilight of Action"). Andy's work explores historical and religious architectural schematics. In these pieces you will find recurring mysticisms that navigate the chasm between altar and painting. A must-see exhibit!
A special exhibit that will be open June through September is "Weaving Community Together: An Artists Collaboration." This unique exhibit will be process oriented with interactive elements for all our visitors!
We’re pleased to facilitate this exciting collaboration between visual artist Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez and our own local expert handweaver, Bruce Engebretson, that will explore the rich connective tissue between art, textile design, and tapestry. In early June we will begin by hanging Luisa’s draft textile designs, from which Bruce will select templates for a new tapestry to be woven on his antique Aubusson loom right in our gallery space. As the tapestry takes shape, Luisa will respond with new designs on paper that will be hung in the gallery progressively, all summer long. Visitors to the NAC will be invited to join in on a community tapestry taking shape on the same loom. Luisa will also guide guests to contribute to an interactive wall of artistic expression, rounding out the formation of our "community tapestry". Take note, fans of design and fiber: this your opportunity to try your hand at handweaving!
New this season, we will have the ARTS Explorers Corner where both youth and the young-at-heart can interact with our exhibits in an exploratory, creative way. We hope you all come to enjoy these arts activities that bring our exhibits to life.
Back by popular demand: Our 2nd SAT HAP events will be featuring musicians, poets, and other artists every 2nd Saturday from 4:30-6 pm in our gallery space.
Check out our season calendar on our updated website www.nemethartcenter.org or follow us on Facebook for announcements of all events.
We hope you join us many times spring through fall, as it will truly be a spectacular season of exhibits and events!
Our exhibits and events remain FREE to the public. All of this is made possible through the generous support of our members, sponsors and with grants from the Region 2 Arts Council and others. If you'd like to become a member, or volunteer with us this season, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come, be a part of something great this summer!
Thank you and hope to see you soon.