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youth art month


march 3-31

Students from around Owatonna are showing their talent at the Owatonna Arts Center during March, as part of the Owatonna Public Schools Student Art Exhibition K-12. This is an opportunity to see budding artists and to acknowledge the importance of art education. The arts engage the total human being in the creative process.

Read more about the exhibition.

emotional expression wall show

Hours to Days

Hours to Days

Why Can’t I Leave?

Why Can’t I Leave?


Join Kathy mommsen in the Gallery
Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 2-4 pm

From the artist: Hope you can join me Saturday, March 23 or 30, from 2-4 pm. During this year, I have been using dancers in emotional poses in my studio to inspire the form and to complete the wall form with observational  drawing and painting. These are two large pieces when you walk into the center the left is  titled "Why Can't I Leave?" and the one on the right is titled "Releasing Mom".

February 3-March 31

The exhibit is “Emotional Expression Wall Show” with artist Kathy Mommsen.

Artist Statement
Striving to show the essence of people in action motivates me. To capture human gestures, I draw and sculpt directly on clay wall pieces and vessels while observing a live model. The model and I work as a team, determining and adjusting poses to best describe the gesture that I have selected. Working with models in my studio, connections are made during our conversations. These conversations become part of the piece.

I sculpt and draw a series of actions to show the drama of the gesture. For each piece models show several gestures, usually as a fluid series. These poses require the model to move then stop then start again - frequently stopping in awkward/challenging poses. I use trained dancers as models for their ability to be expressive and hold demanding poses.

Like every human action, the ceramic process I use involves many layers. For each layer I observe the model in the same pose over several sessions. During these sessions I sculpt in wet clay, draw and paint in an effort to capture these gestures on the piece. Each layer gives me a new surface where I can react to the model. With each new surface I get a restart. The model is both familiar and new. The lines and colors feel fresh and intuitive. Observing the model new at each layer creates images that are raw, expressive and show only the most essential gestures.

Kathy Mommsen is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gallery hours are 1-5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.