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Hazel Belvo: "Spirit Tree" show at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis
04/11/2013-09:14 AM

 Bockley Gallery: 2123 w 21st Street | Minneapolis mn 55405 | 612 377 4669

Hazel Belvo: Spirit Tree 

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 pm

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 
2123 w 21st Street | Minneapolis MN 55405 | 612 377 4669

Call for Artists: Two Harbors
11/03/2012-12:23 PM


The Two Harbors Public Library is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to create one or more public artwork(s) for the Two Harbors Public Library. The artworks will celebrate a community-specific, artistic, cultural and/or historical attribute(s) and be placed in high-traffic locations either inside or outside the library for all to enjoy.

If you are interested or want more information, please visit the Legacy Sculpture and Mural Grant Information page or contact the Library Director by email (mcmonson @ or by phone (218-834-3148).

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Hazel Belvo: Exhibit @Drake Gallery
10/24/2012-09:41 AM

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.

George Morrison Painting Restoration fundraiser
09/28/2012-02:49 PM

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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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 General admission seating.

Upcoming Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens shows!
09/05/2012-10:29 AM

Two great shows not to be missed featuring Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens. 
“Witnessing Nature: Three Personal Journeys”
At the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery on September 14-October 7 with an Opening Reception on Friday, September 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. It features the pastel paintings of Rosemary Hultman, the oil and alkyd paintings of Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens and the ceramic sculpture and functional pieces of Rose Kadera Vastila. The three women first proposed this exhibit to the JHP in December of 2009! All three women have studied with Grand Marais Art Colony instructor, Hazel Belvo. Sandi also serves as Chair of the Grand Marais Art Colony Board. Gallery hours are: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information and to view images of the artists’ works, please visit their web sites: Rosemary: and Sandi:

“Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour” – See 20 artists in a 20 mile loop!
Hop in your car and enjoy the beauty of fall on Lake Superior’s North Shore and visit artists’ studios! The artists will be present and have their studios opened to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: September 28, 29 and 30 and again on October 5, 6 and 7. The location of this 20-mile loop is just a short distance outside of Duluth. Watch for signs along Highway 61 Expressway between Duluth and Two Harbors OR you may contact one of the artists for a PDF of the map! (Please contact Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens at 218-834-5365 or for more information and a map!)

Both emerging and well-known artists are included on the tour: *Ron Benson – Host: Glass Sculpture *Jim Sage – Host: Glass Blowing, and his guest artists are: Bob Husby: Glass Blowing/Pottery and Jay Conradi: Wood Turning
*Bruce and Cynthia Lovold – Host: hand thrown pottery, and their guest artist is: Royce Spry: Wood Carving and Native American Art *Rose Kadera Vastila – Host: Pottery/Sculpture and her guest artists are: David Gredzens: Photography, Elsie Cook: Oil and Pastel Paintings, and Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens: Oil and Alkyd Paintings *Shelley Getten – Host: Block Printing and her guest artist is: Val Bolen: Mosaics
*David Gilsvik – Host: Oil Paintings *Brad Nelson – Host: Silversmith *Larsmont School – Host Site with guest artists: Kathy O’Rourke: Rosemaling, Joyce Gow: Watercolor Paintings, Helen Hartley: Watercolor Paintings/Sculpture, Victoria Sabatino: Jewelry *Patricia Canelake – Host: Oil Paintings

Enjoy a day of local fine arts, crafts music, refreshments and fall colors!

Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire (Workshop I)
06/23/2012-01:45 PM

Minnesota Potters Sharing the Fire workshop with Robert Briscoe & Jason Trebs held in the Art Colony ceramics studio Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire (Documentary)
06/23/2012-01:43 PM

Documentary for "Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire"

Stephen Krasemann featured in Boundary Waters Journal
06/01/2012-09:47 AM

Art Colony instructor Stephen Krasemann was recently featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Boundary Waters Journal. Pick up your very own copy at a local store or by contacting the Boundary Waters Journal.

Take a class with Stephen!

Wildlife Study in Oil
June 23-24 (9am-4pm)
Tutition: $150

{please preregister for class to ensure a spot}

Peter Truran & Sylvia Horwitz: "Standing Stones"
05/30/2012-03:13 PM

Peter Truran & Sylvia Horwitz “Standing Stones: Ritual Sites in Western Britian”   on display May 9-October 31, 2012
at Pendarvis Historic Site Gallery in Mineral Point, WI
Gallery Talk & Artist Reception: Friday, June 1 @7pm


“Standing Stones: Ritual Sites in Western Britain”, a new fine art exhibition is now on display at the Pendarvis Historic Site Gallery, 114 Shake Rag Street in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The show opened on May 9 and will run through October 31, 2012. An artists talk and reception on Friday, June 1 (7-9 PM) is free and open to the public.

Stunning black and white photographs by Minneapolis-based photographer Sylvia Horwitz and vibrant oil paintings by artist Peter Truran, originally from Redruth, Cornwall invite us to experience intimate contact with sacred ritual places in western Britain.

A visit to megalithic sites in Britain reveals the presence of burial tombs, standing stones, and ritual circles constructed over 5,000 years ago. Although the beliefs of ancient builders are not known, their mysterious structures appear to provide temporal markers for the changing seasons and rites of passage: fertility, birth, departure, and burial. Confronted with the length of human history and the shortness of our lifetimes we enter these timeless spaces and leave the “Standing Stones”exhibit with great respect for the architects of the Stone Age.

A presentation by Peter Truran and Sylvia Horwitz on Friday September 28 (8 PM) at Pendarvis coincides with the Cornish Society Festival. Peter will talk about how this creative project generated a desire for return to his roots in Cornwall. This event is also free with an open invitation to the public. The exhibition will close October 31, 2012 .


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