The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a new showcase opening in our East Grand Forks gallery this week titled Drawn and Needled. The drawings of Brett Lysne of Moorhead, MN, and needle felting of Candace Osborn of Ada, MN will be featured from August 6 to August 31, 2014.
Brett Lysne is a visual artist who works in drawing, printmaking, artist books, and writing. Born in Fargo and raised in Crookston, Brett attended college at the University of Minnesota, Morris for studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. He earned his MFA in printmaking and drawing from Washington State University, and has participated in artist residency programs in Washington, Vermont, Finland, Minnesota, and at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Currently he lives in a farmhouse near Moorhead, MN. Lysne’s exhibited work features “text-based drawing projects” created out of his “desire to clarify and organize complex memories, sentiments, and connections,” he writes.
Candace Osborne grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota which she says, “gave me an appreciation for nature and wildlife, as well as a love of domestic animals.” She showed artistic ability “probably as soon as I could hold a pencil.” Candace pursued both art and nature in college, earning a degree that lets her teach both Biology and Art. She taught in Nebraska before moving back to Ada with her family. Candace says, “Drawing led to painting, sculpting clay led to carving, and the combined skills have emerged in felting.” Her needle felted animals and nature scenes are skillfully reproduced with wool in miniatures of authentic wildlife.
The Drawn and Needled exhibit, opening August 6th, will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, August 16th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the Riverwalk mall near the Blue Moose Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabella’s in East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.