Patricia Canelake self portrait. At bottom is “Luke Skywalker with Majestic Horse,” 4’ x 6’ oil painting by Patricia Canelake.
Lanesboro Arts presents “Rural Aesthetics,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Patricia Canelake. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., and runs through August 6, 2017. The reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music by Dave O’Mara. Always free and open to the public, the Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open seven days a week June through October.
For Canelake, the rural aesthetic is an aesthetic of beauty — both obvious and mysterious. Simple figurative, and animal subjects, leashed and unleashed, are the subjects of her work. She believes that push and pull — holding and letting go — are recognizable experiences of life. The style of her paintings is a fine balance between storytelling and the rough elegance of form, line and color.
Canelake lives and works in Knife River, Minn., a small fishing village on the north shore of Lake Superior. She grew up on the Iron Range in Virginia, Minn., where her father ran a handmade candy shop. She presently dips chocolates in Knife River and works at painting and printmaking in her two small, renovated buildings, which face the scenic North Shore highway and Lake Superior. Her rural studio informs her practice immensely and her work often spills out into a large yard where she can stretch canvases outdoors or bring canvases to dry in the northeast winds and strong sun.
Canelake has received two McKnight awards, three Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, Public Art Commissions, and Arrowhead Regional Arts awards. She has participated in over eight national and international artist residencies. She taught Media Arts at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minn., as well as visual art and art history courses at Lake Superior College, Fond du Lac Community College, and Itasca Community College.