Joan Stein Herzog’s watercolor exhibit “Special Places, People, and Moments in Time” opens May 15th at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery (PCRA) in Morris and will run through June 29.
Herzog’s vibrant watercolors vary in theme, but all have a common element of personal meaning. “I think it’s important to paint what you really care about,” commented Herzog. “That meaningfulness comes through in the art.”
Some of the artist’s inspiration comes from travels with her husband Jim in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. “It’s so fun to recreate a scene you’ve just visited,” said Herzog. “It brings back all the memories from being there.”
Another interest is painting people. “Of course, I pick on my family first,” said the artist. “With three children and ten grandchildren, I have great built-in models. I tend not to like to do head and shoulder portraits, though. I prefer to capture a moment in time when a special interaction is going on, such as two children “Sharing a Soda” or runners competing in a race for “The Love of a Challenge.”
Herzog grew up in Stevens County, attended Chokio High School, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, with degrees in English and Speech and Theatre Arts. After raising a family and completing a productive career in education in Owatonna, MN, where she still resides, Herzog finally had time to pursue her interest in art.
Upon retirement in 2004, Herzog began her study of watercolor and has been pursuing it ever since. She’s a member of the Minnesota Watercolor Association where she has taken numerous workshops from nationally known artists, and also is an active member of the Artists of Minnesota Association where she has garnered several awards in annual spring competitions.
An artist reception will be held at the closing of the show on June 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the PCRA Gallery, 630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris. For further information about the artist, you may contact her personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is a grassroots, volunteer-based, membership-driven,
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non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing cultural life on the prairie. The PRCA’s mission is to advocate, promote and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area.