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Exhibit: ‘Rural Aesthetics’

Lanesboro Arts presents “Rural Aesthetics”, a oil painting exhibit by Patricia Canelake. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., and runs through August 6, 2017. The reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music. Always free and open to the public, the Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open seven days a week through October.

For Patricia Canelake, the rural aesthetic is an aesthetic of beautyboth obvious & mysterious.  Simple figurative, and animal subjects, leashed and unleashed are the subjects of her work.  She believes that the push and pull-the holding and letting go, are recognizable experiences of life.  The style of the paintings is a fine balance between storytelling and the rough elegance of form, line, and color.

Canelake lives and works in Knife River, Minnesota, a small fishing village on the north shore of Lake Superior. She grew up on the Iron Range in Virginia, Minnesota where her father ran a handmade candy shop.  She presently dips chocolates in Knife River, and works at painting and printmaking in her two small, renovated buildings, which face the scenic north shore highway and Lake Superior.

Past artist residencies have included The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire; Yaddo Colony, Sarasota Springs, New York;  I-Park, East Haddam, CT, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, and The Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry, California. The Jerome Travel and Study grant provided work time in Yunnan Province, China and in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Canelake has received two McKnight awards, three Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, Public Art Commissions (Tech Village, Duluth, MN, Hibbing Community College, Hibbing, MN) and Arrowhead Regional Arts awards. She taught Media Arts at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, MN and painting, drawing, design, ceramics, watercolors, printmaking, and art history at Lake Superior College, Fond du Lac Community College, and Itasca Community College.

This exhibit is sponsored by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information visit, call 507-467-2446 or email Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.

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