Kelly Puent named 2019 Bluff Country Studio Art Tour Emerging Artist


The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour recently named Fountain, Minn., mixed-media artist Kelly Puent as its 2019 Emerging Artist of the Year.

“Kelly utilizes a wealth of different types of material and media to create her beautiful works, giving them depth that can’t always be contained by a frame,” said Sue Pariseau, the tour’s coordinator. “We’re very pleased to have her join the tour.”

“I am very honored to be chosen as the emerging artist for the Bluff Country Studio Tour, and be part of a group of artists with a wide range of highly skilled talents,” said Puent. “I’m a firm believer that a person should create things and surround themselves with people and things that bring them joy. That is why I create artwork that is inspired by the natural beauty around me, my own gardens, and the people who I love most. The variety and intensity of colors that I choose to work with is also a reflection of that same ideal. I hope to continue to grow as an artist from this experience and to share my artistic joy with the greater southeastern Minnesota area.”

With numerous participating artists having decades of experience creating, displaying and selling their art, the artist group wanted to provide a way to encourage and promote new artists in the area to present their work to a larger audience. Pariseau explained, “We created this emerging artist program as a way for our experienced artists to mentor artists with limited professional experience, and help them learn the ropes showing their work in a studio tour setting.”

The 19th annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour will take place from April 26-28, 2019, and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the tour, Puent will be displaying her work at her Fountain home.

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