COLlabORation: Christy Schwartz & Anne Meyer


by Christy Schwartz & Anne Meyer
Artists’ reception will be held Friday, September 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Join us for drinks, light refreshments, and the art of two sisters.
On display September 13th –  October 21st during regular gallery hours.


Artists’ Statement

“In March of 2016, we were resident artists of the Breck Art Center in Breckenridge, Colorado for two weeks together. While there, we were especially interested in finding ways to make work collaboratively. One piece made during that residency is on display here titled, “63 Spore Prints”. It was the result of a game we played, alternating coloring in a square, reacting to each other’s prior color choice and what was developing around each square. We then alternated printing a linoleum carving of a spore print of a mushroom over the squares.

After we both commented on how much we enjoyed the smaller color compositions embedded within the piece, we schemed to play another game with the piece. This summer, we gathered at our family farm, with three kids in tow, to make plein air paintings. We chose a random square from the piece, decided how many adjacent squares to use (a postage stamp of four, a row of seven, a cross of five…), and then set out to find a subject to paint with those colors only.

In part, we both hoped to use this game to help ourselves work on our weaknesses. Inheriting some obsessive compulsiveness from our father, we both find it natural to make fastidious, controlled work while admiring the loose, gestural work of others. We encouraged each other as we worked to leave preliminary brush strokes and complete pieces in a limited amount of time to discourage fussing over things or over-working them.

Another important aspect of this work is the fact that we both are relatively new to motherhood, and our relationship to our work is shifting as we try to raise small children. Finding it hard to complete pieces that require many many cumulative hours, this work was designed to be started and finished in the limited snatches of time while a child is napping.

The constructs of our little game helped make the act of painting joyful, and we hope some of that comes through.”

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.

Poetry Reading by Athena Kildegaard and Morgan Grayce Willow

Monday, September 25th
7:30 pm
PRCA Art Gallery
Free and open
to the public.
Refreshments will be served.



The PRCA presents our Autumn poetry reading featuring Athena Kildegaard and Morgan Grayce Willow. Join us for a delightful evening of poetry, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, and good company here in the PRCA gallery.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.

  Morgan Grayce Willow added Dodge & Scramble (Ice Cube Press, 2013) to her poetry collections Between, Silk, and The Maps are Words. She has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. Her creative nonfiction publications include “Riding Shotgun for Stanley Home Products” in Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Borealis Books), recently re-released in paperback, and “Signs of the Time,” an honorable mention for the Judith Kitchen Prize in Water~Stone Review (2011). Morgan completed the book arts core certificate at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and exhibited her artist’s book Collage for Mina Loy in 2016. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center and is currently Visiting Poet with the Creative Writing Program at St. Cloud State University.



  Athena Kildegaard is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Ventriloquy. Her second book, Bodies of Light, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, and her third, Cloves & Honey, was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award. Athena lives and teaches in Morris. Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor, stamped into pottery, and set to music.


Art at the Market

Look for us at upcoming Farmers Markets!

    As we move swiftly into September and Summer comes to a close, the PRCA is utilizing the last few weeks of the Morris Area Farmers Market to try something new–that is, bringing the gallery to you! You may have even seen our table set up on the library lawn this past week. We’re looking into regularly having our own set up at the market by next year. By displaying a rotating sampling of various purchasable art pieces from our gallery, including featured artists, we hope to further reach out to the community, increase awareness of the PRCA, and boost sales. Support your community by buying local produce and art in one trip!

    There are only 4 more weeks left of the market, which ends Sep. 28th, and we aim to have our table set up on September 14th and the 28th! As always, we’re in need of volunteers to help make this work! This involves gathering art from the gallery,  working the cash box at the table, and setting up/taking down. Contact the PRCA if interested in volunteering.

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Bird Beauty: Photos by Van Gooch


Artist Statement:
Van Gooch

We all have an instinctual love of nature. The intricacies, color and behavior of living organisms help ground us from our everyday human problems. In photography I enjoy showing you some of the beauty in nature that I see. And sometimes the photograph surprises me!

Technical: All of these photos were taken using a Canon Powershot SX40 HS 35 X zoom camera. I often use the small CHDK programmable computer of Powershots. I program the camera to do motion sensing as well as controlling focus, flash, aperture, etc. In this way I can set up the camera on a tripod aimed where I expect a bird to alight and pray for a good picture. My photography also involves much patience and many, many pictures. I attend, and you can too, the Evansville Photoclub, which meets the first Thursday of every month at the Evansville Art Center (111 Main St).

Biography: I gained my love for nature and biology while growing up in the East Bay Area of California. I obtained my PhD in Biophysics at UC Berkeley where I also met my lovely wife, Sue. I taught and did research in Biology at the U of M Morris for 35 years. I quickly grew to love the wide-open spaces of rural MN. We ultimately retired in 2010 to our zero energy home 12 miles southwest of Alexandria MN.
(All photos taken at my home on Lake Rachel near Holmes City, unless otherwise noted)

For inquiries, contact:
Van Gooch
320-283 5222