Friday, August 24, 2018

Music of the Spheres and Cosmic Cantata

Finished a new group of gouaches today! 

I've been working on these on and off since last January.  While there are more awaiting the brush, and some that entered the recycling are the ones I actually took to completion today.  They are mounted, photographed, inventoried and ready to hang. They are mounted in a way to make them appear to float in space.

The drawing/ paintings are a continuation of my study of geometry.  I have been looking at images of topolgy and toruses.  They remind me of cosmic sky forms.  This first group is called MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

This second group is COSMIC CANTATA

Sunday, July 29, 2018

New in the Windows: Nadine Mercil

This is a show that sits smally, quietly in the windows, but on closer examination, packs a punch.  It is worth spending some time with.

Nadine Mercil

My artwork is many things; fragile, elusive, revolting, dramatic, an authentic and visual representation of my inner emotions as I see or define them.  My art, at times, may be provocative, but provocation is not my primary goal.   My primary goal is to develop or create a visual diary of my life, souvenirs of my time here on earth.

My pendants are mementos of my relationship with an abusive man.  They are not meant to be worn – at least not by me – but there is the possibility that at some point they may hang around someone’s neck.  I started out using photographs from family albums, but after going through this supply, have turned to other families photos (bought and sold on EBAY) and since one in three women are abused, I believe there is  a strong possibility that some of the women in the photo’s I have purchased have also been abused.

I think it is important to make this work, because there is often a shroud of secrecy around domestic abuse and I want to remove the shroud and tell the truth, or my truth, about what takes place or what has happened to a woman who has suffered domestic abuse/ violence.   

My work is continually evolving. Depending on what is going on in my life my art can be light and airy – relatively so – or dark and disturbing. 

I have a very strong desire to be seen.  Domestic abuse often makes me feel invisible, that I don’t count, that what I think and feel does not matter – my art challenges that assumption – my art doesn’t have to be pretty – it doesn’t have to be perfect, it can be dark and disturbing, it can be whatever I want it to be, I am free to express myself however I wish – because I rarely show my work, I do not give a great deal of thought to how an audience might react – because the audience is usually just me. 

Monday, June 4, 2018


The JUNEBUG ARTCRAWL, June 16, 10-4

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018



JUNEBUG ARTCRAWL is presented by COPA. COPA stands for Corcoran/Powderhorn Artists - and there are plenty of us! 

Corcoran and Powderhorn are distinct and active neighborhoods nestled in the hub of South Minneapolis. COPA was formed in 2016 to celebrate the many and varied artists that make up our communities.

Our yearly art crawl is when we open our workspaces to meet our neighbors and they, in turn, get to see what artistic talents are living next-door. It's a great opportunity to tour private studios, connect with the artists, and purchase original work.   

There will be jewelry, embroidery, fiber, painting, games, ceramics. animation and more! This year John Akre is bringing a Community Animation Project to Susan Hensel Gallery.  Susan will be exhibiting her digital embroidery in the windows of the gallery; Marcus Larson on 35th st will be showing painting; Sara Stamschror-Lott will exhibit jewelry; Charles Knutson will be showing his well known historic games and accessories...and so much more. 

Keep checking the website.  The artist list will be updated regularly and the interactive map for 2018 will go live soon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This is the last week for Platonic Dualities

Kim Matthews and I really do hope you will make the drive to Robbinsdale to see the show.  It is only about 10 minutes up highway 100 from Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska.

Open Saturday, May 26, noon-4 and by appointment.

Gallery 5004, Robbinsdale, MN