The exhibit will portray personal and universal meditations on the displacement, nostalgia and anxiety of migrants and immigrants. Artists include Alonso Sierralta, Ana Laura Juarez, Andy Richter, Dougie Padilla, Cecilia Cornejo, Gustavo Torres, Guillermo Cuellar, Jonathan Herrera, Luis Fitch, Maria Cristina Tavera, Miguel Gonzalez, Robert Everest, Ruben Urrutia, Selma Fernandez Richter, and Xavier Tavera. The exhibition runs from January 30-February l2, 2017 at the Concordia Art Center, 1301 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN
To celebrate its 16th year Grupo Soap is teaming with Franconia Sculpture Park in the City (at the Casket Arts complex) to do an exhibition opening September 8th. The show will be called "16/16 (Casa Magica)”. “16/16” because its our sixteenth year and it’s 2016. “Casa Magica” because we are considering the notions that: 1) a gallery is a “house of magic”, of magical goings on; 2) we make art as a way to explore magic with ourselves - within our own psyches; 3) we make art as a way tocreate a magical experience for others.
Exhibition artists includ Amaru (Marcela Rodriguez Aguilar), Jim Denomi, Michael Masaru Flora, Dougie Padilla, Lela Pierce, Wayne Potratz, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Xavier Tavera, Savita Bettaglio.
The show runs from September 8 to October 9. The opening night celebration is September 8th, from 7-10 pm. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 1-5, and by appointment (Xavier, 612-730-0668). There will be an closing party for the exhibit on Friday, October 8th, from 5-10 p.m. with an artists' talk from 7-8 pm. The location is 1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55413 (in the long concrete building behind the Casket Arts complex).
When Dougie Padilla stands in front of a canvas in his Pepin, Wisconsin studio, paintbrush in hand, he doesn’t necessarily know what will happen next. But there’s a good chance that letters, and then words, will materialize in his colorful, Mexican-inflected creations.
“I don’t set out to put words in my paintings -- or images, or color, or line,” says Padilla, whose work has shown in museums from the Minneapolis Institute of Art to the Museé Halle Saint Pierre in Paris. “When I create, I have no idea why what happens, happens.”
Padilla’s visionary word paintings will be a part of the upcoming “WORD” group art show at Abode Gallery in Stockholm, Wisconsin, with a free opening wine and cheese reception on Friday, August 19th from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
WORD is the fifth, and perhaps the most eclectic, exhibit in Abode's series of six themed art shows featuring the work of local and regional artists. In addition to Padilla, the WORD show includes interactive installation creator Kevin Dobbe (Rochester, MN), painter Dietrich Sieling (Minneapolis), writer and rug maker Mary Logue (Stockholm), and poet John L. Barbetta (Pepin).
“It’s hard to put into words, so to speak, the incredible variety of artistic expression in this show,” says Abode Gallery owner and exhibit curator Alan Nugent. “The theme of ‘words as art’ resonates through pieces as different as Mary Logue’s poetry on a hooked rug, Dietrich Sieling’s words woven like threads through his drawings, and Kevin Dobbe’s interactive poetry and music installation.”
Dougieland Pepin, 202 Main Street, Pepin, WI 54967
Please join sw. Lucky Dougie Padilla at his home studio in LOVELY Pepin, Wisconsin, for an after noon of Dougie visual art, Wisconsin beer, brats, and performance. This kickoff event will showcase the poetry stylings of jazz-beat poet Ted King. This time in an atypical bucolic rural setting the King will delight you with his wordings.
So take the day, head down the river, stop in Bay City or Maiden Rock or Stockholm or Pepin to have some brunch or lunch, dig on the gorgeous views and the groovy shops. Then head on over to Dougieland, just one short block from the Marina and the famous Harborview cafe. We'll enjoy
The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
The strength of the permanent collection at the Plains Art Museum lies in ambitious, contemporary artwork from our region, as well as national artwork of historical and artistic significance. Thanks to recent generous gifts, our community’s collection has grown substantially, and in recognition, we are proud to present t(here): Recent Acquisitions at Plains Art Museum.
Many of the artworks in the exhibition stem from a very generous gift to the Museum from the Cowles family (Minneapolis, MN). t(here) borrows its title from a suite of prints by Minnesota-based artist Steven Sorman. Sorman’s prints, like the exhibition as a whole, are elegant yet complex – universal yet regional. The exhibition is vast, and highlights Minnesota-connected artists like Sorman, Julie Buffalohead, Jim Denomie, Chris Faust, Curtis Hoard, David Rathman, Dougie Padilla, Zoran Mojsilov and others. While individual pieces in the exhibition represent a wide range of artistic expression, several connections and currents can be found. A print by the great Alexander Calder provides historical context to a collection of minimalist works and elegant ceramic pieces that embrace aesthetic simplicity, beauty and psychology. Conversely, works by Star Wallowing Bull, Andrea Carlson, and the Minnesota artist duo AMTK are rich with social commentary, visual complexity and mystery. No matter your artistic inclinations, your art museum’s collection has something for you, and we are excited to share these new works.