Ulrich’s book sculptures on exhibit at Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit by artist Carol Ulrich now on display. The exhibit of book sculptures, free and open to the public, runs through March 18, 2011.

Longtime PRCA artist, Ulrich says she’s been making art for years, but she still hasn’t found a favorite medium. She loves it all, watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics, collages, and “folded art.” Ulrich’s creates book sculptures by combining origami, painting, and books.

Ulrich earned a bachelor of arts from the University of South Africa and a certificate in the art of painting and drawing from the North Light Art School. In addition, she has attended numerous workshops and studied under individual artists in varied styles such as portraits, experimental watercolor, and landscapes.

Along with her husband, Ulrich has lived Ashby since 1985 after spending 27 years in Africa with her family.

To view the exhibit, visit the PRCA located at 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris, Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or by appointment. Call 320-585-5037 or email prca@prairierenaissance.org.

The nonprofit PRCA’s mission is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area.

Last week of “Out My Window: Prairie Poems, Pictures, and Paintings”

PRCA patrons are encouraged to view “Out My Window: Prairie Poems, Pictures, and Paintings” in this last week of the exhibit at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery. The exhibit at the PRCA Gallery pairs the written word, poetry by Morris resident Linda Hodgson, with two-dimensional art by PRCA artists Deb Connolly, Della Conroy, and Richard Walker. The exhibit closes on Saturday, September 11, 2010.

Unique PRCA exhibit features poetry by Linda Hodgson and two-dimensional art by PRCA artists

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit at the PRCA Gallery that pairs the written word, poetry by Morris resident Linda Hodgson, with two-dimensional art by PRCA artists Deb Connolly, Della Conroy, and Richard Walker. An opening reception for “Out My Window: Prairie Poems, Pictures, and Paintings” will be held on Thursday evening, August 5, 2010, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The seed for this exhibit was planted years ago when Hodgson realized that a still life, a bowl of peaches, painted by artist John Ingle, then professor of studio art at the University of Minnesota, Morris, serendipitously captured the essence of a poem she had written . She sent her poem to Ingle with a note sharing with him how she wished she could paint. Ingle responded by affirming Hodgson’s gift, stating that she, too, was creating art, a still life with words.

Like Ingle, many others encouraged Hodgson to write, from her fourth grade teacher in Wheaton where she grew up to Dwight Purdy and the late Jim Gremmels, English professors at the University of Minnesota, Morris from which she graduated in 1986. Living on the prairie also inspires the poet.

“When I write, I find that place is very important,” reflects Hodgson. “I love the prairie. It is like the ocean, a vast surface and another world going on underneath. It’s beautiful. We need to surround ourselves with beauty and then share it. I love words, and I feel good about life. That’s what I try to capture and share.”

Hodgson identifies three kindred spirits in the wildlife photography of Walker and the paintings of Connolly and Conroy. The PRCA exhibit will feature her poetry with their paintings and photographs that reflect the content and theme of her poems. While she has written “volumes” over the years, Hodgson states this particular project has been developing as an intentional and cohesive undertaking for about the last year.

Hodgson, Conroy, Walker, and Connolly, along with Bob Christianson who framed nine of the pieces, will all be present at the opening reception, which is free and open to the public.

The PRCA exhibit of poetry, paintings, and photographs will be available for viewing until Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the PRCA Gallery located at 630 Atlantic Avenue, downtown Morris. Regular hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 320-585-5037 or e-mail prca@prairierenaissance.org.

The nonprofit PRCA’s mission is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area.

Reception on May 2 for Morris Potter Karla Klinger at the PRCA

By Angie Connor ’10, PRCA intern

Potter Karla Klinger will exhibit her work at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) Gallery, downtown Morris, from May 2 until June 15, 2010. Klinger will be attending an opening reception at the PRCA from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception and visit the gallery to view the free exhibit, “Pots Old and New.”

Klinger has been a Morris resident since 1962 when she moved here with husband Eric Klinger, psychology professor, who taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Klinger began her professional career as a high school English teacher. She earned a bachelor of arts in English from St. Olaf College and a master of arts in English from the University of Chicago. For many years, she worked as an adviser at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Klingers are now retired.

Klinger always admired pottery, but she never imagined herself as a potter until 1962, when she joined a pottery group through the Women’s Association on the Morris campus. Klinger gained further access to materials in the early 1970s when Lynn and Russ DuBois opened up their basement studio for faculty wives interested in learning. It was there that Klinger learned to wedge and throw pottery, and was provided clay, glazes, access to a kiln, and firing expertise. Klinger was hooked, and she began taking night classes at the Morris campus with Don Sherman, Meredith Jack, Jenny Nellis, and Kevin Flicker. Today, Klinger has everything she needs to create pottery in her own home: a Lockerbie wheel purchased in the 70s, an electric kiln purchased in 1997, clay, eight commercial glazes, and work and storage spaces in her basement.

Klinger’s pride and joy is her large Pithos jar, inspired by a pot seen in a shop in Crete visited with her husband in the mid 70s. Klinger’s pottery has been inspired by many sources such as Native American potters of New Mexico, by the Austrian potter Lucie Rie, by pottery seen in journals like Ceramics Monthly, and also by her teachers and former classmates from ceramics classes at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She enjoys reforming pots, draping thin sheets of clay over various shapes, twisting extruded hexagons into vases, or throwing traditional bowls, cylinders, and plates. She often “likes to play to see where the clay will lead.”
Adding coils

Closing reception for thimble exhibit on Sunday, April 25, 2010

A closing reception will be held for Melissa Yauk’s thimbles exhibit at the PRCA on Sunday, April 25, 2010, from 1 until 3 p.m. At 2 p.m., Melissa will talk about her collection and show examples of her antique thimbles. Melissa invites participants to bring thimbles to the reception if you’d like to learn more about your thimbles. She’s also interested in starting a thimble collectors group in west central Minnesota. Contact the PRCA if you are interested.