1915 Photograph of Root River bass fishermen, courtesy of the Lanesboro Museum.
Lanesboro Arts is proud to present “Currents of Change,” a companion art exhibit to the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibition, that pairs historical water photos of Lanesboro with mixed media artworks interpreting those photos by 15 regional artists: Mary Solberg, Jamie Heiden, Paul Brokken, Ron Germundson, Linda Ricklefs Baudry, Bebe Keith, Joan Finnegan, David Tacke, Leisa Luis Grill, Susanne Crane, Sara Lubinski, Erik Pearson, Meg Vinson, Fred Dingler, and Lori Biwer Stewart.
The historical photos featured in “Currents of Change” were selected and provided by the staff and board of the Lanesboro Museum. The selected photos showcase Lanesboro’s deep relationship with water over time and include winter scenes, floods, fishing, the river, dam, ponds, blizzards, and more.
“The exhibit was carefully curated to match up photos with the vision of each individual artist,” shared Lanesboro Arts Gallery Director Robbie Brokken. “Participating artist Erik Pearson [of Saint Paul, Minn.], for example, felt that the photo of fishermen he emulated is exactly like a subject he himself would have chosen to paint. The photos and artworks in ‘Currents of Change’ create the opportunity to bridge time and look not only into Lanesboro’s rich history with water, but also see how contemporary artists communicate this same relationship in today’s images,” she added.
“Currents of Change” opens with an artist reception on Saturday, January 7, from 4-6 p.m., in conjunction with the grand opening festivities for Water/Ways, and runs through March 5, 2017. The reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music. Shanai and Colin from Works Progress will also be setting up Water Bar to serve room-temperature tasting flights of tap and well water from different locations within the watershed. Water Bar is a unique chance to sample area waters, learn about water-quality issues, and also chat with staff from Bolton & Menk, an engineering and surveying firm with a strong commitment to water quality.
For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call 507-467-2446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.
Water/Ways has been made possible in Minnesota by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association. Additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.