Bockley Gallery: 2123 w 21st Street | Minneapolis mn 55405 | 612 377 4669
Hazel Belvo: Spirit Tree
Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: April 13 through May 18, 2013
Bockley Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of paintings by distinguished artist and Professor Emeritus, Hazel Belvo. These paintings focus on the artist’s primary subject for more than 50 years, Manidoo-giizhikens---once known as the Witch Tree---now more commonly referred to as the Spirit Tree. This is Belvo’s first exhibit with Bockley Gallery, which she was drawn to because the space presents the possibility of a “shrine-like” exhibit of this series of life-sized works.
Belvo’s series of large-scale paintings, all created in the past year, use rich color in a range of palettes both cool and fiery to depict the tree form shifting into almost human figures. More portrait than landscape, these trees move and transform, suggesting an enormous range of dynamic human states of being: anguish, solitude, and attitudes of ecstasy. The tree transforms in each painting to take on character traits that Belvo acknowledges in titles such as “The Poet,” and “Guardian,” while at the same time remaining true to the iconic form of the actual cedar, still revered by the Ojibwe people who protect it on their tribal lands.
For fifty years I have painted, photographed, printed, and drawn the Spirit Tree, a four hundred year-old cedar tree that grows out of a rock in Lake Superior and is a spiritual icon for the Ojibwe people. I have studied it in every season, every time of day, every day of the year. For me it is a personal symbol of survival. ¬--- Hazel Belvo, 2012
Belvo’s paintings employ a variety of methods including beginning the image by first drawing with tobacco and vermilion, the traditional offerings to the Spirit Tree, and then using wet and dry brush, glazing, scumbling, and impasto to capture elements such as time of day and season. The resulting canvasses present tree images in a size that relates to the human form and that depict dusk, dawn, day, night—the temporal landscape in which Belvo has witnessed the tree.
For seventeen years Belvo taught painting and drawing and was the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at St Paul Academy Summit School before becoming Chair of the Division of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she holds the status of Professor Emeritus. Since retiring in 1998, Belvo has traveled to sacred sites where other ancient trees can be found including a visit to an olive tree in Delphi said to have been alive at the time of Christ. She shares studios in Minneapolis and in Grand Marais with artist Marcia Cushmore and teaches as mentor at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
Hazel Belvo has been an exhibiting painter for over fifty years. She grew up in southern Ohio and after attending the Dayton Art Institute, she moved to New York City, went to the New School for Social Research, was a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Harvard for two years, taught at Quaker Schools and Rhode Island School of Design and maintained a studio in Provincetown MA for many years. Her work can be found in numerous private, public and museum collections across the country and internationally including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Tweed Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker.
More information contact the Bockley Gallery at www.bockleygallery.com
2123 w 21st Street | Minneapolis MN 55405 | 612 377 4669
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Call for Artists. The Paradise Center Healing Arts Program at District One Hospital is looking for fourteen 2D artists to be featured for 3-month exhibits. The purpose of the program is to feature art that contributes to the healing atmosphere of District One Hospital. For more info.
The Art Colony is looking for volunteers. From file sorting to building maintenance to website development and more. We would love your help. Please call for more details (218) 387-2737.
The Minnesota State Arts Board Is looking for grant review panelists this fall. For more information, contact Jan Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking applicants for Teaching Positions in Graphic Design, Web Design, and Motion Graphics Continuing Education Department. For more info.
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council:
Health Care reimbursement for NE MN artists. The Artist Fund has a new, accessible medical reimbursement program for artists and their family members. For more info: www.artistrelieffund.org
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What is happening at the Art Colony in November? Lots! This month we have the Empty Bowls dinner occurring on November 8th, the Member Show is on exhibit open daily until the 21st, and we are getting in the spirit with Holiday Themed Classes.
If you find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by for a cup of coffee and browse through our gift shop.
An annual art fundraiser for the local food shelf organized by the Art Colony. The bowls have been made, glazed, painted and fired. Now it is time to fill them with soup!
Join us Thursday, November 8 for the
Empty Bowls meal. Two seatings available:
- LUNCH from 11:30am-1pm - DINNER from 5pm-7pm Silent Auctionfor Empty Bowls ends promptly at 6pm. Lots of gift cards, beautiful bowls and more!
January Studio Intensive The Art Colony is seeking interested Visual Artists looking for space to create for the month of January.
Looking for time & space to create?
The Art Colony is considering hosting a studio intensive during the month of January depending on interest. Basic concept: 6-8 artists would pay a small fee to have 24 hour access and use of the visual art studio and equipment during the month of January. Tentative dates: Jan 2-28, acceptance will be determined based on a short application.
The Art Colony needs enough interest in order for this opportunity to occur, so please contact the office by Nov. 15 if you think you might want to participate. We will then determine final details.
Youth & Holiday Classes (Classes are 9am-4pm unless otherwise noted)
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Former SPA faculty member Hazel Belvo to exhibit paintings in Drake Gallery
Hazel Belvo: Four Decades of Painting, the latest exhibit in the Harry M. Drake Gallery, will run from Thursday, November 1, 2012-Friday, November 30, 2012. An artist, master teacher and mentor, Hazel Belvo was on the fine arts faculty at SPA from 1972-1989, and also served as chair of the department. An artist reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m.
Belvo has exhibited nationally and internationally for 50 years, and her work is in many public collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Bezalel Museum, the Dewitt Wallace Collection, MMM, and General Mills. She is a retired professor emeritus at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an instructor at Grand Marais Art Colony.
“Hazel has been a friend and colleague who I know as a wonderful artist. We are so very pleased to have her Four Decades of Painting exhibition in our own Harry M. Drake Gallery,” said Marty Nash, SPA faculty member and chair of the fine arts department. “I first met Hazel in 1976, so I have known her three of her past four decades. She was already a very accomplished artist—at a time when we were both a part of the founding of W.A.R.M. Gallery (Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota).”
For more on Belvo or her artwork, visit SPA’s website.
October is the month we celebrate our extraordinary members who keep art thriving in our community. Art Colony members play a critical role in our financial health as only one third of our budget is covered by class tuition - the remaining portion must be raised through membership, grants and other sources.
student and/or art lover sometime this month. Thank you for supporting the Grand Marais Art Colony.
Event Recap: Plein Air Grand Marais
It was standing room only at the 10th Annual Plein Air Grand Marais opening reception on Friday, September 14.
Over 200 paintings were turned in by the 53 participating artists after a week of painting - the results were amazing. The show ended on Sept. 30 but don't fret, you can still view the work online. Quick Paint, Night Paint and Main Category.
Keith Secola, Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund, Pete Kavanaugh, the Stone Bridge Singers, and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will perform on the ACA stage on October 6 at 7 PM. This event is a fundraiser for the restoration of the George Morrison painting "Dawn and Sea" which was given as a gift by the artist to Cook County Schools in 1952. The painting will be going on tour with the Minnesota Museum of American Art and will return to a new protective home in the lobby of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts for public display.
Also at this event, Kristin Makholm, Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art will share information about the national tour on which this work and others will be embarking.
Come enjoy an evening of great entertainment and help preserve a significant piece of Cook County culture.
About George Morrison: George Morrison (1919 – April 17, 2000) was an American landscape painter and sculptor. His Indian name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo (Standing in the Northern Lights). A Chippewa born on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation near Chippewa City, Cook County, Minnesota, he graduated from Grand Marais High School in 1938 and then the Minnesota School of Art, now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in 1943.
Having been chosen to receive the Van Derlip Traveling Scholarship, Morrison studied at the Art Students League from 1943-1946 in New York City, where he became part of a circle of abstract expressionists. In 1952, after receiving a Fulbright scholarship, he studied in Paris and Antibes. Soon after, he became acquainted with prominent American expressionists Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock. As a painting instructor, he taught in Minneapolis; Duluth; Dayton, Ohio; Ithaca, NY (Cornell University); Pennsylvania (Penn State); New York City; and the Rhode Island School of Design. Beginning in 1970, he taught American Indian studies and art at the University of Minnesota and continued doing so until retiring in 1983. He then retired to Red Rock, the home and studio he shared with his wife, Hazel Belvo, near Grand Portage.
About Keith Secola: Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Born in 1957 in Cook, Minnesota, and affiliated with the Anishinabe tribe, Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies at the U of M, enriching his life’s work as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and producer. Critics have dubbed him the Native version of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. In 2011, he was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame. He is a seven-time Native American Music Award winner. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Contact: Kate Fitzgerald - North Shore Music Association, 218-387-2916 (home office) or Sue Hennessy – Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 218-387-1284
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Web: www.northshoremusicassociation.com or www.arrowheadcenterforthearts.org/
Event: “Dawn and Sea” Benefit Concert with Keith Secola & Friends
Venue: Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 51 W. 5th St. Grand Marais, MN
Date: October 6, 2012
Time: 7 PM
Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students (age 18 & under) – advance tickets (no fees) at www.arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com General admission seating.