November Parish Hall Artist • Kate Woodman Middlecamp
I come from a long line of makers. My childhood spent surrounded by art, an endless selection of tools, and the energy of creation. For me, the creative process has always been a means to experience and express — to truthfully, intentionally connect with life around (and in) me.
Art gives me voice to say what I cannot find words to express.
To that end, my latest series is a visual journey through the memory and trauma of sexual assault and the search for healing; taking form in darkly whimsical, resin-cast mixed media panels. The characters populating this imagined world — my liaisons through the darkness — are cut and modified illustrations from Lee Ames, a childhood favorite. I am particularly fond of using resin, as it allows me to create seemingly fluid, suspended layers of image, collage, and line. The resulting work often appears as though viewed through water, and changes as the viewer's physical relation to the image changes.
Working on this series — especially while navigating our current cultural and political climate — has been therapeutic and profoundly healing. The images are dark and brooding, while still whimsical and filled with luminous hope. They are the place where I was, and indeed the place where, in many moments, I still am. But they are also guiding me to the place I will be, and for that I am grateful.
Thank you for joining me on the journey.
Where the Heart Goes by Kate Woodman Middlecamp
September Parish Hall Artist • Nancy Birger
Nancy began quilting in the early 1970s when as a substitute teacher in the Edina, MN, school system she took a class of high school seniors to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Among the exhibits was one featuring Amish quilts. The geometric shapes applied directly to her teaching of math and science.
Nancy says she “was hooked.” Along with looking at examples and research into quilting history and fabric artistry came a virtual leap into making her own card board templates, soon replaced with margarine cover templates, and then free form cutting.
The work Nancy did in the beginning was of the traditional type including Amish, Colonial American, Hawaiian, and Native American designs and color palates.
One thing always leads to another and as her interest and experience expanded, fiber dying soon augmented commercial fabrics. This allowed a greatly expanded sense of what could be accomplished with cotton and thread.
Color changes with location and climate. Sage green versus forest green, fuchsia sunsets versus cardinal red, desert sand and prairie grasses. Nancy says she has been strongly influenced by her color studies to create in various styles using paint, dye, bleach, silk screening, and even traditional fabrics to make wall hangings.
Nancy’s current work often has a bit of traditional quilting hidden in the design and execution. “My color choices have been influenced by living in nine houses and five states over 50 years of residing in various parts of the country.”
Making fiber art is a social way of life for Nancy. “Every time we move, I join a new guild, make friends, and invite them over to play.”
August Parish Hall Artist • Jennifer Kunin
I am a seeker of that which is beyond the obvious; the deeper psyche, the mystical reality of who I am in each seemingly ordinary moment.
My art process has me always surrounded by several works-in-progress at a time, like the several children that I have always had around me. They are each created with a vision of beauty, compassion and depth, and each develops in its own unique way. A lot of my time is spent staring at my images, and working on this one and that one, through stages of birth, struggle, and finishing each with joyous resolution.
I paint because it heals me. I can feel my own essence and express myself. I love the feeling language in the colors, shapes and textures of abstract art. Yet I want more. I believe I can connect with my audience and myself more deeply using the language of the human face and figure. Body language is something we all innately understand and the gesture says so much. I am fascinated by the geometry of mandalas and how interesting the figure can be as a design element repeated in the circular format. I paint, sculpt, print, and design the figure into themes of nature spirits, goddesses, angels, and lovers. They are all self-portraits of facets of my own inner spirit.
June Parish Hall Artist • Rebecca McPeek
I like to make things. I like to explore various media such as clay, glass, paints, textiles and yarn. Most recently, I was curious of how someone teaches one to paint with an abstract or non-representational approach. The common element in all my study is a desire to explore composition and design. Once the media is sampled, what am I going to do with it? What is the conversation that I have with the media and the format? The same question can be asked of the literary arts, music, garden design, and the experience of being human. How am I going to compose and design my life today, tomorrow, next week? These paintings reflect how I saw the colors and placement on the canvas as a meaningful expression of my idea of composition and design for those square inches for that moment in time.
May Parish Hall Artist • Paul Rogne
Paul Rogne has been doing photography from the time of his childhood in the 1950s. He began learning from his father who was an amateur photographer with a darkroom in the basement. His first camera was a very simple Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. Later he began using his father’s 35mm Kodak Bantam, a very nice quality camera. His father also taught Paul how to use the darkroom to develop film and print enlargements. Paul learned how those smelly chemicals could produce black and white magic. He was hooked. In the early 1970s he became more serious about his photographic hobby. At that time, he generally took color slide photos or used black and white film. He was still developing his own black and white photos in a darkroom.
Fast forward to the present — after retiring in 2004 from 35 years of teaching social studies in the Anoka-Hennepin School District — Paul is using a digital camera and his computer to produce both color and black and white photos. This involves no smelly chemicals and produces results much faster. However, he can still do the same old techniques and more new enhancements with his photos. He is a great fan of the Photoshop software. Besides color photography, Paul still works frequently in black and white — the form he first loved.
Paul does not have a single special area of interest in his photography. His photos include nature (flowers, animals and landscapes), urban and rural architecture, travel, and people at work and leisure.
He finds that photography is an expressive, even meditative, art form. He feels it contributes beauty, joy, drama and sometimes mystery to his life. If a photo can tell a story, it is even better. Paul has been an active member of the Saint Paul Camera Club (www.saintpaulcameraclub.com) and frequently posts his photos on Twitter (@parogs) and Facebook. Paul enjoys sharing his photos and hopes they bring to others that same enjoyment, joy, mystery and drama.
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Parish Hall Artists
Art provides another medium through which human beings experience gifts of the spirit. Response to a work of art may be on intense, profound and / or non-verbal levels. As with poetry or literature or music, the visual arts provide meditative and emotional opportunities and appreciation of life's process, our culture and our society.
Unity Church has gallery space for the showing of works of visual art. It is anticipated that these exhibitions provide spiritual enrichment and liveliness for those attending the church and its functions. At the same time the gallery provides an opportunity for artists so show, share and sell their work.
Submit your work for consideration!
The Unity Church Art Team accepts applications each year during the month of April. Please check back in 2017 if you would like to submit work for consideration.
Please read the Exhibit Guidelines, Policies and Procedures Document.
2016-17 Artist Exhibit Application (Word)
2016-2017 Artist Exhibit Application (PDF)
If you have questions, please contact Joe Schur by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at Unity Church-Unitarian.
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