The annual Vasaloppet Art Show, sponsored by the Kanabec County Art Association and held in conjunction with the Vasaloppet Ski Race this past weekend was very successful. Not only did a record number of visitors (over 600) view the show; but 45 artists exhibited over 140 pieces of art. Seventeen of those artists were exhibiting for the first time in the show.
Visitors voted for their favorite works of art in three categories. Receiving the most votes for the piece that evoked the most emotional response were: Carl Long’s “Recess”, Cindy Buck’s “Loss” and Joy Paulzine’s “Winter Logging”. Receiving the most votes for most creative were: Lauri Rockne’s bird sculpture “Poppy”, Jacque Sabolik’s mosaic ski “Ski Mora!!” and Bill Gingery’s woodcarving “The Edmund Fitzgerald”. Carl Long’s “Recess” was voted the favorite piece in the show. Also receiving votes were: Bill Gingery’s “The Edmund Fitzgerald”, Andrea Anderson’s “River of Fire”, Jessica Lynne-Bennett’s “Bird of Paradise”, Joy Paulzine’s “Winter Logging” and Cynthia Rue’s “Minnesota Living”.
Bethany Whitehead, director of the Banfil Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, led a gallery tour on Friday evening. She commented on every piece of art in the show and her comments were greatly appreciated.
Artist demonstrations were also a highlight of the show. Visitors watched demos on the construction and playing of PVC Native American flutes, weaving baskets, creating fish whistles from clay, and screen printing of tee shirts. Visitors were invited to attend classes to learn more about all these subjects on Art Saturdays.
The next Art Saturday comes up on February 15th – when artists will gather to create!