Homewood Studios Event Calendar
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Sunday, May 17 - Monday, August 31, 2020
GALLERY CLOSED for health and safety reasons
We all know art saves lives. But in these unprecedented times, sheltering in place, staying at home, and observing social distancing are the most important actions to prevent unnecessary illness and death. Because Homewood Studios is committed to our community’s health and safety first, we began postponing our scheduled gallery shows in late March and will continue this practice until August at least.
We are investigating the possibility of some “window shows", including new prints by Bill Jeter, an installation by Perpich School for the Arts, and the University of Minnesota Art School graduate Madalina Kelner, and artists connected with the Somali Museum of Minnesota. Look for the first of these shows, under the general title of Inside Out, in our windows beginning in June.
Thursday, June 25 - Thursday, July 16, 2020
MADALINA KELNER: Behind the Veil
The second of our Inside-Out Summer of Covid-19 window shows, Behind the Veil, introduces the photography work of Madalina Kelner, recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts and graduate of Perpich High School for the Arts, to our Homewood Studios audience.
About this impressive, ground-breaking and moving series of photographs, Madalina writes:
If you are a member of a marginalized group, you often feel the presence of a veil between you and the rest of society. There are people who cannot relate to you and there are times you feel seen but not heard. Sound is drowned out as if you are behind glass or underwater, but your lifestyle and/or physical traits are fascinating enough for people to look at you and ask questions uninvited. I created a way to make this elusive veil tangible by working with models who represented their respective marginalized groups. Each person freely manipulated sheer fabric underwater with one or both of their hands while I took photographs. Some of the models felt the veil was heavier and more opaque, while others felt it was lighter and more transparent. The varying opacities of fabric within the collection communicates the societal impact the model feels. Many political and social issues still stand in the way of mutual understanding, separating minority groups from majority groups. As an adopted artist with disabilities, I know the veil still exists and needs to be lifted, but first, it must be addressed. The individuals that modeled, regardless of how strong a presence the veil has on them are proud of who they are and what they have accomplished so far in their lives.
As a way of experimenting with the demands of the Covid-19 virus, two semi-public events are included in the planning for this show. The first, in place of an opening reception, Madalina will host a Zoom opening* on Thursday, June 25th, from the gallery beginning at 7pm and going for an hour. The second event, "Meet the Artist," on Sunday, June 28th from 1pm to 4pm, will give visitors strolling by the show the opportunity to meet and talk with Madalina. She will be outside the gallery, wearing a mask and keeping social distance, to chat with anyone who comes by. (In case of inclement weather, this event will move to Sunday, July 5, the same hours.)
*The Zoom link for for Madalina's opening will be on her website madalinak.com/galleries on June 25th.
From Mike Hazard:
Tressa and I much enjoy your pictures.
Friday, July 17 - Thursday, August 6, 2020
TENDING THE GARDEN: photrography by Larry Risser and Jack Mader
The third of our summer of Covid-19 INSIDE-OUT window shows, Tending the Garden, features photography by Larry Risser, long-time friend of Homewood Studios, and Jack Mader, one of our resident artists. In discussions about possible content for this show, many themes were considered and discarded. The prevailing interest was to use their cameras to comment on the current state of our community and our world and an artist’s place in it.
Of his work for this show, Larry Risser writes: Busy with our lives, we set the thought of our own mortality aside, until we no longer can. Now, with the faceless pandemic and the racist exercise of systemic brutality, death has looked us in the eye, and we are confronted with that ultimate reality and its uncertain arrival. Our responses to this confrontation are as rich and varied as our humanity. We confront the reality, we protect our fragile lives, we force the thought aside, we meditate, we escape in diversions or in artistic expression, we turn to the timeless elements of nature, and we cling with renewed affection to those we love.
In these photographs I attempt to show something of that range of response, and I dedicate these images to my grandson Henry whose life was untimely taken by a distracted driver. And he adds: I am indebted to Jack Mader, my mentor, friend, and companion in this exhibit.
If you would like to see more of Larry’s work, please go to larryrisser.smugmug.com
For print purchase, you can contact him via email at email@example.com
And Jack allows: In turbulent times, personal and otherwise, I tend to use photography and my camera to help me “see my way through.” Sometimes the subject matter is a direct confrontation of the grief and anger I might be feeling. But often the subject matter is an escape. In either instance, the process of creating is a meditation on the matters at hand, social, political or personal. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, I made abstract images of ice and other subjects and shared them with friends and followers on Instagram and Facebook. It was much more than a personal exercise as I was hoping that the images would entertain viewers, if not help mitigate the struggle we’re all going through.
Then came the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The horror of that video of a human being crying for his life as he is being suffocated by four Minneapolis police officers sickened me into a visual silence. I didn’t feel like taking pictures of anything.
My fellow Homewood artist and friend, Bill Jeter, invited us to a small ceremony at the site of George Floyd’s murder on 38th and Chicago. Bill rang his MLK Freedom Bell at one-minute intervals during 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence. I found the ceremony moving and was humbled by the outpouring of flowers, murals, posters, graffiti and personal offerings at the George Floyd memorial. I photographed all of that and a few days later I went back to the memorial and photographed even more. It was then I saw “May 25 2020” painted in large letters on the road, a date too, “Which will live in infamy.”
I am honored to be showing these images with Larry Risser, friend and photographer extraordinaire. I want to thank George Roberts and Homewood Studios for inviting us to do so.
If you would like to see more of Jack’s work please go to www.jackmader.com
For print purchase or otherwise you may contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 1 - Monday, May 31, 2021
FEEZE DESIGN AND BUILD SHOW
Two MCAD graduates we got to know while they were still in school and showing their work in group exhibitions in our gallery, Kiley Frieze and Sam Busco, design and build custom furniture. Go to their website, Freeze Design Build, and you will see their work has a sculpturel quality which, we feel, lends itself to a gallery viewing.
More details about this interesting show as we get nearer the date.
Thursday, June 10 - Saturday, June 26, 2021
MARION ANGELICA: new ceramics
Master ceramics artist, Marion Angelica, has had several shows in our gallery... all well-received and highly successful. Recently she spent time ass a visiting artist studying porcelain in China. We have no doubt her new work will be equally professional, inventive, and deeply satisfying.
Details will follow anon.
Monday, July 5 - Sunday, July 25, 2021
LORETTA DAY SHOW (new, abstract painting)
Plans for Loretta's show are just now taking shape. More dates and details anon.