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Shop with Crossings’ Guest Artists at Our POP UP Art Fair!

Crossings welcomes special guest artists and eager holiday shoppers to our POP UP Art Fair. Enjoy shopping in this welcoming and unhurried atmosphere of the main level gallery. Find us at: 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota. Call us at: 507-732-7616. Join us November 5th through December 20th PLUS December 26-27. Thursdays 10am-5pm, Fridays 10am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm.

We will be observing social distancing and limiting the number of patrons (10 at a time) to stay within COVID guidelines. Masks are required.

The Clay Studio will also be open; members will be on-hand to talk about studio membership, or any other colorful topics with those interested.

Special guest artists include:

Patrice Marvin

You may already be familiar with Patrice's lifelong love of the arts and productions she's created and displayed at various institutions and galleries in the Midwest. For those who aren't, the artwork presented here is a wonderful sampling of various mediums, much of which has never been offered for sale before. Patrice is at the stage of her life where it is time to downsize from her River Falls home. That means much of the art that has hung on her walls, or been carefully stored at her home, must now be sold.

Christy Dickinson

 


 

After years of exploring motherhood, in 2014 I reunited with painting. This is when I started to learn how to juggle motherhood while pursuing my dual career as artist and nonprofit community builder. It was the start to continuing to expand my artistic resume. The direction of this work began with a few works from earlier in my artistic journey in my 20s that was followed by a decade of stylized paintings of New York City and the five boroughs. 

My artistic practice is a connection to functional textiles, which stands as a symbol of creativity, women, and life. My inspiration comes from mud cloths of Mali and quilts, especially the ones created by Gee's Bend in the American South. Women create these aesthetic works for everyday life. Their creative expression also includes their voice in the designs and symbols.

My paintings embrace color and are bold. When placed upon the wall they are like functional creativity. Through the symbols and designs, I investigate issues of women and society. These paintings arise from a basis of systematic compositions, geometric patterns, form, and color that mimic or use techniques and structures drawn from textiles traditions from various cultures. Strips of paper are painted then collaged on wood panels as the foundation. My process is a play between intuitive and spontaneous. As I build the piece, I let it speak to me. It requires trust in my own intuitive response and the ability to accept change through its creation. The resulting imagery plays on pattern and design. I am in the process of continuing to explore scale and how one's relation to the painting changes when it consumes the viewer. 

In 2019, I expanded my joy of color to functional works, and debuted my jewelry line, embrace your glow! at the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival. This hand painted and wrapped jewelry celebrates women and our stories. These adornments enhance the glow that all of us have inside of us. They are bold and colorful and add a statement to a woman's everyone day life. This work honors the many bold and fearless women I have known in my life. The line includes earrings in a variety of designs, including my most popular hand wrapped hoops; bracelets; and necklace and earring sets.

Greg Finnegan

I am primarily a plein air painter.  I took up painting about 15 years ago.  A plein air class taught me to get the important details down and paint quickly.
I like capturing a moment in time and place.  Painting outdoors, forces you to complete the work quickly and walk away.
I used the "stay at home" time to work on my painting skills. Learned to paint larger and looser using a pallet knife to get more texture into my paintings.
I have a degree in geophysics and worked in oil exploration and computer programming. I retired in 2019, so now have more time to paint.

Stella Sparrow
by Lynn M. Lentz

Stella Sparrow Designs by Lynn M. Lentz, who stamps images into hot metal and uses a hot solder process in creating beaded jewelry and other pieces that also include mixed metal chains. She enjoys the unpredictable elements that arise from this process, and also likes to use both old and new materials.
Heather Friedli

Heather Friedli is best known for her contemporary impressionist oil paintings, depicting her family heritage and the land in which she lives. Bold brush strokes and brilliant colors light up scenes of cloudscapes, water, and native flora. Many pieces are created in the context of her wilderness adventures; she often brings her paints outdoors to create work that shares with the viewer her experience of immersion in the landscape. Within these colorful works, Heather explores the spiritual world through the lens of culture and lived experience of place. Heather's work is creative, soulful, bold, and powerful.

Heather's work is an effort to synthesize her love and experience in the natural world, and wilderness adventure travel. Those experiences, being out in the world seeing the beauty and power of nature are represented in large scale paintings. She paints with a passion for the land, looking around and internalizing the colors and expressing them onto canvas. Working in a large scale is not only an expression of what she sees, but also becomes a physical dance with her painting. The movement and rhythms in these works are her own unique dance with the land around her.

Heather Friedli was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1982. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2005. In 2010 Heather Thru-Hiked the Appalachian Trail which upon completion inspired her to continue her work as an artist concentrating on painting the natural world. She currently is enjoying life in Saint Paul with her husband and two sons.

Phyllis Chambers

I have always been amazed at nature's beauty and how the natural world around us seems to be at peace with each component, elegantly flowing together and offering a harmony to the soul. The most amazing of these components to me, is stone. The variety of stone in the world is staggering and it's creation is even more so. My attraction to stone started very early in life. I was drawn into its world of wonder as a child. 

As I learned more about the world around me and the geology/history of it, I found I was also fascinated by the meanings, the myths and the legends associated with stones that are rooted deep within history. I'm not an expert, but I do try to pass along the knowledge that I have.

My love of jewelry started in my teens when my fashion sense kicked in. Jewelry was not considered a necessity, so I sought out alternative methods to satisfy my "needs". I went to estate and garage sales; taking apart pieces others had discarded and created statement pieces of my own. This practice continued and transformed greatly throughout the years.

There is a great deal of satisfaction in working with my hands and to see the spark of enthusiasm with a customer's new purchase. My love of stone (plus other natural elements) and jewelry seem just as natural a confluence as the components themselves. I continually strive to assimilate that beauty and harmony that nature already provides us.

Jean Hefele

A favorite, Marc Chagall quote of mine, "I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment", seems to fit my approach to art.  I need variety and continually experiment with new materials and techniques.  Rules are seldom followed.  Much of my work creates a visual story and incorporates an expressive  playful perspective.  Imagination is my "go to" for ideas.

My recent work, whether collage, mixed media, or straight painting emphasizes color, texture and composition…some times abstract, other times loosely representational.  I want the viewer to have fun.

There's always meaning in what I do, but my work doesn't ask to be analyzed too deeply.

Take a look, step in and enjoy!

Margaret McDonah

Margaret Mc Donah from Byron Minnesota is best known for her fused dichroic jewelry pieces and dishes. Working with this class medium reminds Margaret of the transformation we as humans sometimes undergo, being melded and changed over time and that the same piece of glass can be a very different end product depending on what it has been influenced by in the process. Just like the human experience, depending on the heat and stress and how long we are subjected to it, and product can be smooth or prickly.

Margaret Mc Donah was born in Viroqua Wisconsin a while ago, which to many is known as the driftless region. She received her BSN in nursing from Viterbo University in La Crosse Wisconsin with a minor in English. While she was studying a hard science she was envious of those who had the luxury of taking the art courses offered at the fine arts college. She also enjoyed all the lovely Student artwork on display in the gallery. Prior to embarking on her masters in nursing in 1998 to become a nurse practitioner she devoted a year to taking Stained glass classes in Eau Claire Wisconsin. It was here her love of glass art was first realized.

After about 15 years of doing more traditional classwork like copper foil and lead windows on a trip to Grand Maria's, MN she struck up a conversation with a local artist who was working with dichroic glass. It was love at first sight looking at this glass. It would take a few more years to find courses in Minneapolis to begin this next journey. For the last decade or so Margaret has been making jewelry dishes tea lights and other fused trinkets. It feels like Christmas every time she opens the kiln, as the glass becomes so amazing when fired and often is not recognizable from the piece placed on the shelf.

Sharon Columbus

 

I am retired from a long professional life in the clinical laboratory. My husband and I moved here to Minnesota in 2007, both of us to work at the Mayo Clinic. We live in Rochester with our two cats and share our yard with any stray animal that come through it. I enjoy hiking, cycling, kayaking and reading. I love spending time outside and observing the natural world around us. I am primarily a self-taught artist with no formal training in any art form. I love doing batiks for the challenge they present. It brings me great joy to reflect my love for nature in my work.

Susan Waughtal

Susan Waughtal is an artisan farmer; her art and her farming are intertwined. Her farm animals intrude on her art - many of her paintings feature her cows, chickens and donkeys.  Unable to contain her passions to just one medium, she sews exuberant bohemian sweater coats and cozy mittens from repurposed wool sweaters. Also available at Crossings, bean-to-bar gourmet chocolate bars that Susan and her family make from beans grown in Costa Rica, which they roast in their wood-fired oven, melange, temper and mold into beautiful bars. You may find an irresistible treasure in the vintage and whimsical Profound Objects Susan has also rescued from obscurity.

Beth Bacon

I am an artist - it's so hard to embrace that single term to define myself, but in this venue - I am.  I love the feel of a palette knife across the canvas, the smell of oil paint drying in my home.  I enjoy wood carving, writing poetry, making all kinds of art to find myself each day.  I paint and create the world as I see it, hopefully you see it as well - joy in each day, color everywhere - peace.  Paintings come to me and draw me in, I usually think about them for weeks before I put them on canvas.  When I do, they astound me, I get lost in the movement, the color, and I find the best moment right there.  In the creation.  I hope everyone finds it as well.