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

Pottery: Focusing on Local Materials

Featuring recent work by
Jonathan Walburg and Kevin Flicker

June 27th through July 29th

Open Wed through Friday, 11:00am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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


Prairie Arts Camp

Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance’s annual all day Art Camp 2017 for elementary age children.
Join us for another fun year of exploration into the world of art!
Monday 7/24 – Friday 7/28, 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Featuring: painting, pastel drawing, stain glass,
sign language, music, writing, dance and MORE!

Confirmed Classes include
Pastel Drawing with Faythe Thomas Mills
Kid Friendly Stain Glass with Nancy Altain
Dance and movement with Ferolyn Angell
Sign Language with song with Timothy Poore
Creative Writing with Chrissy Kolaya
Weaving with Dawn Rose Poore

Possible public art project is in the works! Stay tuned!

Location: Morris Area High School
Fees: $150 Need based scholarships are also available.

To register contact PRCA at 320-585-5037, OR Morris Area Community Education (Course #1470)
Students already registered for Summer Sizzle
may be dropped off (8am) and picked up (5pm) at Summer Sizzle
and WILL NOT be charged for the day.
Students must be preregisterd with Community Education to use this.

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

Special thanks to sponsors Morris Kiwanis and
Fraternal Order of the Eagles of Morris

Lisa Bergh Reception


Color, Line, & Space
Tuesday, June 6th 2017
7:30 pm to 10 pm
PRCA Gallery




Join us for complimentary wine and treats and enjoy the current exhibit.
Color, Line, & Space will be on display May 9 through June 17th.

About the artist:

Lisa Bergh earned her BFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona and MFA in spatial arts from San Jose State University. In addition to her studio practice, she is the Co-founder of The Traveling Museum, works as an advocate for the rural arts and culture movement, and serves as the Executive Director for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts in Hutchinson, MN. She resides in the small community of New London, MN with her husband, painter Andrew Nordin and their two children. You can view more of Lisa’s work at and learn more about The Traveling Museum at

Artist Statement:

Working on paper is central to my work, but I am not bound to the common or predictable scale and pictorial orientation. Small framed arrangements, large irregular shapes, or hung from the ceiling and presented as screens, I explore paper as both an object and a substrate.

I do not stick close to the center of either abstraction or representation, but instead hover and cross the dotted lines between them with regularity. I may draw on exercises in formal composition common in paint and gesture, but the result separates from the expected because the subject of this study is often found in the everyday. I marry these everyday objects with formal language but the beauty, or even just insistence, of the daily thing wins out.

For PRCA I have presented an arrangement of explorations into my continuing interest in line as both a 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional device. “Weft” was installed with the intention of activating the gallery space as a sort of substrate, encouraging viewers to move thru the drawing plane and experience varying perspectives of the piece.

“Lineation” is an experiment in bringing the idea of Line or Mark Making into the present tense. Not set behind glass in a frame, the Hot Pink line is a nod to figuration and gentle flirtation by moving onto the gallery floor, into the viewer’s space. “Diptychs” are quick studies of gesture and line inspired by a personal snap shot of my child’s kite ribbon – shifting the tradition of reading 2d works from left to right to a planar view or from the top to the bottom.


The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday May 4th at 7 pm in the Morris Public Library meeting room. The PRCA is our own non-profit arts organization with a store on main street established in 2002. It is a membership funded organization that provides exhibits, meeting space, art work for sale, as well as art classes for children and adults, among other things.

The PRCA Board of Directors is asking for a show of support at the annual meeting. In today’s economy, competition for grants and donations is fierce and the survival of the organization depends on contributions (not just financial) from the community. PRCA needs volunteers to keep the store open, to help with fund raising, and to serve on the Board of Directors. Artists and art appreciators are urged to come and participate in a discussion about the future of the PRCA.

For a convenient reminder a Facebook event has been created: