Save the dates! Abode Gallery art openings 5/12, 7/7, 9/8
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abode gallery presents

Stanton Sears
Midge Bolt
Joseph Messicci

three solo exhibitions
may 12, july 7, september 8
Abode Gallery & Design is proud to announce the lineup of 2017 gallery shows, featuring three local and regional artists:
Stanton Sears of Stockholm, Midge Bolt of Pepin, and Joseph Messicci of St. Paul.
Opening receptions will take place on May 12 (Stan Sears), July 7 (Midge Bolt), and September 8 (Joseph Messicci).
Abode Gallery owner and curator Alan Nugent selected these artists for the uniqueness of their vision.
“To have three local and regional artists of this caliber in our exhibition season is astounding,” said Nugent. “For their Abode Gallery shows, each artist will exhibit pieces that are unique even within their own collections.”
For example, Stan Sears’ work is typically massive in scale, but he will bring his smaller work to the gallery, providing a more intimate view into his art, according to Nugent.
Both Midge Bolt and Joseph Messicci work in photography, but their processes are completely different.
“Midge uses the camera to capture and gain understanding of specific places and times,” Nugent said, “while Joseph uses the materials of photography to create something that expresses emotion without reference to a specific photographic image."
In other words, you have to see these works of art to believe them.
  • Stanton Sears is an internationally renowned sculptor and a professor of art at Macalester College. Since 1993, Sears and his collaborator, Andrea Myklebust, have created large-scale sculptural works at more than 40 sites across the United States. His newest works begin with a branch or section of tree trunk, harvested from his Stockholm farm. He then carves the wood to reveal an interweaving of structure and pattern based on forms of fiber and nature. 
  • Midge Bolt, an award-winning photographer, combines historic images with present-day photos in what she calls her “Time & Again” artwork. Her exhibit pieces commemorate historic places and times in a seemingly magical interposing of images on multiple layers, so that a historic photo on silk hangs like a scrim in front of the present-day photo of the same scene on canvas.
  • Joseph Messicci is an industrial psychologist and management educator whose art form emerges from an unusual process: the manipulation of light and chemistry onto unexposed photographic emulsion. The pieces he will present at Abode Gallery are archival pigment prints, on canvas, of original color photographs.
Opening wine-and-cheese receptions for each artist, from 4:30 to 6:30, are free and open to the public. The receptions will take place during the monthly "Stockholm Stroll," a series of village-wide open house events in Stockholm featuring artist demonstrations, wine and food tastings, music, and merchandise specials.
See you soon at Abode Gallery!

Images, clockwise from above left: Detail from untitled image by Joseph Messicci; Train Depot by Midge Bolt; detail from Anchorage Airport by Myklebust+Sears; Campau Square by Midge Bolt; untitled image by Joseph Messicci; detail from work in progress by Stan Sears.
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