June at MacRostie Art Center

MacRostie Art Center (MAC) has announced its upcoming art events for the month of June. In the MacRostie Gallery will be “Fiber Jungle,” which showcases the fiber art of over 20 different area artists in a group known as the Common Thread collective, including featured artist Diane Rutherford. In the Minnesota Gallery, Tracy Krumm will exhibit her metal and thread textiles in a show titled “Mapping Labor.” Krumm’s work collectively explores labor and cultural production through the interweaving of metal and fibers. The public is invited to attend the First Friday opening reception on Friday, June 7 from 4-7 p.m. June exhibitions at MacRostie Art Center are sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications.

MACROSTIE GALLERY | ‘Fiber Jungle’ | A Common Thread Collective,

featuring Diane Rutherford

“A Common Thread” is an Itasca area fiber art collective of accomplished artists who gather together to represent the diverse scope of form and techniques that fiber art encompasses. Their newest exhibition, Fiber Jungle, reflects each artist’s newest creative explorations related to the theme, including a co-created work by the group. As the featured artist of the collective, Diane Rutherford will present her latest batik works referencing lunar cycles. Over 15 artists’ work will be featured, and several of the artists will host fiber workshops throughout the month; the artists include: Featured Artist Diane Rutherford, Beth Kubrick, Cathryn Peters, Susan Vann, John Zasada, Dave Browne, Chris Friedlieb, Mary Reichert, Kayla Aubid, Waase Aubid, M’lou Brubaker, Kristen Anderson, Dawnette Davis (featured), Mary Therese, Patty Salo Downs, Carol Rajala Johnson, Denise Latimer, Margie Waldron, Ginny Parent and Diane Thomson.

MINNESOTA GALLERY | ‘Mapping Labor’ | Tracy Krumm

Tracy Krumm (St. Paul, Minn.) is an artist and educator who has exhibited, taught and lectured extensively for nearly 30 years. Her work integrates hand-constructed textile processes with found materials and forged steel to comment on labor, identity, human connectivity and cultural production. Her current work investigates the intersection of creative experience, simultaneous occurrence, and transformation. The manipulation of form through low tech and high tech processes, along with explorations in material studies, are at the core of her research.

Krumm received her BFA with High Distinction from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1987 and her MFA in visual art from Vermont College in 1995. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous institutions since 1990 including Virginia Commonwealth University’s Craft and Material Studies Program, the Witt Visiting Artist Program at the University of Michigan, and many more. Krumm is currently Director of Artistic Advancement at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, a Community Faculty Member at Metro State University, and maintains her studio practice in St. Paul.

“The handmade is at the heart of my studio practice,” she said. “In my undertaking to conceive and execute work that reflects and transcends the values of labor, tradition and beauty, I challenge the ordinary to become extraordinary. Through intensive construction processes, the familiar and the unknown unite to honor the universal and intuitive presences of the subconscious, chance and creativity. Material and structure, merged through color and pattern, become a synthesis that is all at once promising, complex, and mesmerizing.”

FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTION | Live music, food and art

While downtown art galleries and businesses are open late for the First Friday Art Walk on June 7 from 4-7 p.m., MacRostie Art Center will celebrate its opening reception with live music by Briand Morrison on guitar, food by Nana Chelle’s Café (Bovey, Minn.), as well as wine and other refreshments. An Artist Talk will be held at 6 p.m. to provide the public with the opportunity to converse with the exhibiting artists.

Wine, Paint, Canvas! | Friday, June 7, 6-9 p.m.

Join an experienced art educator as she guides you from start to finish through the creation of a new painting at each event. Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event and there will be plenty of breaks to socialize. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. Ages 21 and up.

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