Mary Ellen Frame, Photographs
Glynnis Lessing, Pottery
Juan Fried, Metal Work
ARTIST RECEPTION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1–4 pm
As each stream or river has a source, so also water is one of the essential sources of life. This exhibit takes different approaches to the idea and the realities of water through the eyes of these artists, each working in a different media.
Lessing and Fried are husband and wife, presently living on what was once the Frame family farm, near Northfield, and Frame is Lessing’s mother, so the exhibit is a family collaboration.
In Fried’s work, one can see the influence of his many years as an architect in Chicago, carrying over cityscapes, skyline forms and lines. But his new life in the country also shows up, with more nature-inspired shapes.
Lessing has been making pottery since she was very young, and has been working at it full time for the last seven years. She paints and/or hand-carves the surfaces of her pottery with images of creatures of the sea, as well as the birds, animals and plants she encounters in her daily life on the farm. She has converted her grandfather’s milking parlor into a potting studio.
Frame has been exhibiting her photography in the Northfield area since 2014, though she has been doing photography (with a lengthy hiatus) since 1965. Growing up about a half a mile from the Cannon River, and now living about five blocks from it in Northfield, she has a long and deepening relationship with the Cannon River Watershed. In this collection of images, she is trying to represent some of the many aspects of the river, its tributaries, human interaction and wildlife.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.
Gallery hours are 1-5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.