Silkscreen Prints by Jeanne O’Neil
November 2–December 16, 2017
NWMAC Gallery / Riverwalk Artists Gallery
211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks
Meet the artist at the Artist’s Reception
Saturday November 11, 3:00–5:00 P.M.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to exhibit a collection of silkscreen prints by artist, teacher and musician Jeanne O’Neil of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Jeanne’s exhibition is now open through December 16 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks. Meet the artist on Saturday, November 11, when Jeanne will be at the gallery to discuss her works from 3:00–5:00 P.M., accompanied by a live performance by her group, North Country Fiddle and Dance.
Jeanne Griffin O’Neil began her career in art as a mural artist in Ames, Iowa, where she painted over thirty murals and taught mural projects for teens and children. Since 1999, Jeanne has been teaching visual art in the Grand Forks Elementary School System, as an Artist-in-the-Classroom for the ArtWise program. Jeanne studied printmaking at Iowa State University, Jeannine Coupe-Ryding (now the Art Institute of Chicago), and at The University of North Dakota. Jeanne graduated with a degree in Honors from the University of North Dakota in the spring of 2006.
Jeanne’s prints on exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery make up the pages of a children’s book that is very close to her heart. Each print, or page, is moment in time, each occurring in the same, single summer’s day, as seen from a child’s point of view. From the rising of the sun and being called for breakfast, to exploring the magic of dandelions and fireflies, each illustration is combined with handset typography in rhyming verse.
“The making of the prints for this book spans many years. The images, with the exception of the cat drawings, came from a stack of drawings that I made of my children when they were small. Now, twenty some years after the first drawings were made, I am able to present, “A Summer Day.”
Alongside each framed print, the original sketches are displayed. A must-see for screen-printing artists, parents, grandparents and children alike, Jeanne’s skillful work transpires feelings of love in conjunction with the beauty of everyday occurrences. Visit our gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) to meet Jeanne on November 11. Her work will be on display until December 16. The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. For more information, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.