From Arts America 2/20/12
“A Midwinter Night’s Dream” at the AZ Gallery
The AZ gallery is showing oils, photography, jewelry and prints by local women artists. Some standouts include Emily Gray Koehler’s color-reduction woodcuts; Lindsy Halleckson’s oils; and Megan Moore’s giclée prints.
Emily Gray Koehler uses crisp colors, and organic shapes and lines for her woodcuts. She has an eye for design and composition, giving her work an abstract quality while never leaving the realm of representation. In “Remnants of the Harvest” Koehler combines soft colors with strong horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines to produce a dynamic woodcut of a very ordinary subject.
Lindsy Halleckson uses pure form and color to produce quiet abstract paintings. These paintings are made to contemplate, not simply observe. Stand before “Silent Search, No. 1” long enough, and you will feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Halleckson’s statement reveals her intent: “I convey nature’s silence and peace with my paintings.”
The giclée prints by Megan Moore, made from her original oils, are an explosion of color, pattern and form. Moore states that her art is influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau. This is evident in “Coy Pond,” with its curved and patterned tree branches, and its overall rich color and flat picture plane. In “Fish Tank,” Moore again relies on a balance of colors and organic forms to achieve a simple, yet interesting composition.
The show runs through February 26.
From VitaMN 2/10/12
Midwinter night browsing
Lowertown’s AZ Gallery has gathered an eclectic group of Twin Cities artists, designers and vendors for “A Midwinter Night’s Dream.” The winter-themed group exhibit by local female artists features a gift-ready selection of art, jewelry, home and beauty products, and artisan sweets. Shop on opening night to enjoy wine and handcrafted beer from Vine Park Brewery, samples from Sweets Bakeshop and vintage pop vinyl from DJ Mo.
- Free opening reception 5-10 p.m. Sat. 2/11
- More event information
From City Pages A List: February 8, 2012
A Midwinter Night’s Dream
This Saturday, “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” opens at the AZ Gallery. The show features a group of Minnesota women artists including jewelry designer Jennifer Merchant, who was last seen at the Walker’s Jewelry Mart; designer/mixed-media artist Christy Johnson of redshoes26 design; and Karoline Wells of the Elixery, whose vegan and cruelty-free beauty products were highlighted inMinnesota Monthly‘s 2011 Best of the Cities issue. You may find yourself familiar with the works of some of these talents, as many have previously shown at the AZ Gallery, Lowertown’s biannual art crawls, and the Lowertown Art Show. A respite from these dark nights, “Midwinter” promises to bring even more unstoppable creative energy to anyone interested in local arts. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the exhibition’s opening reception, which is from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 11, is also a shopping event featuring locally made art, jewelry, home products, artisan chocolate, and baked goods all for sale. Food and drink will be provided by Sweets Bakeshop, Vine Park Brewing Company, and others. (Pictured: Megan Moore, Winter Tree)
Opening reception 5-10 p.m. Sat., Feb. 11
necklace by Marisa Martinez (detail)
From the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization newsletter – The Arts Insider http://www.twincitiesfinearts.org/email/insider_1_12.html
THE AZ GALLERY
A Midwinter Night’s Dream
February 10 through February 26
Reception: February 11, 5 to 10 p.m.
Peruse art and jewelry by female artists at A Midwinter Night’s Dream. Artists include Christy Johnson, Jen Hanlon Ash, Larissa Loden, Megan Moore, Emily Gray Koehler, Jennifer Mechant and others. Other highlights include handmade beauty and home products by The Elixery, Simple Scents and Aromi.
The AZ Gallery
308 Prince Street Saint Paul, MN 55101