A new show from artist Arna Rennan on display from June 27th till the end of August
Arna has been painting “plein aire” for 25 years. Never tiring of the surprising light and color effects over the lake, the woods surrounding her home and our parks and gardens, she stands in the midst of it all with her easel and paints.
She received thorough training at the National Academy of Art in Oslo, Norway, spent four months in Paris absorbing all the major museums and travelled to Southern France to seek out Cezanne and Van Gogh’s favorite places to paint. She has had several artist residencies in National Parks as well.
Her work is included in public and private collections s.a. the MN State Arts Board % for Public Art at the Veterans Home in Hastings and Brainerd Community College. Locally, her work can be seen at Northshore Bank, Essentia Health, Fryberger Buchanon Smith and Fredricks and more.
Arna has been the judge of several pleine aire competitions; Grand Marais, Jaques Arts in Aitkin and Port Wing. Arna won second place in Paint du Nord, the plein air competition sponsored by the Duluth Art Institute. She also has held painting workshops at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
For the month of June, we’re proud to offer a show from a deeply talented local artist!
Description: REAL is a retrospective art exhibit featuring iridescent portraiture and surrealism created by Moira Villiard, the artist whose present preoccupation is navigating the ins and outs of what it means to be “real”. The paintings and drawings on display will be vibrant and bold, every color having been inspired by specific sounds or conversations experienced by the artist. After spending a rather unreal year physically unable to use her dominant hand to create artwork, this event will be Villiard’s first solo exhibition and includes pieces created during her most transformative years to date.
Biography: I am an ambidextrous, independent traditional artist, muralist, editor, poet, designer and filmmaker who, by some feat of pluralism, hopes better our community through these niches. Known for live painting demonstrations at cafes, fledgling businesses, event openings, and in classrooms, a major part of my philosophy is making art accessible and interactive. As such, I am currently a coordinator for the multimedia show Goody Night and remain an active recruiter of visual artists and musicians for my other creative endeavors.
My work tends to be an exploration of matter related to music and art, specifically in conjunction with idea-sharing and social movements, addressing stereotypes, and social class. Through the creation of portraits, I use each individual painting as an opportunity to share a message and to reflect on the conversations and sounds that inspire me. Each piece is treated as something of a metaphorical instrument, to be played in a grander song that will hopefully continue to resonate with (and inspire) audiences from all walks of life.