FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017
Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition:
Andrea Leila Denecke, ceramic artist and potter
Mary Jo Van Dell, oil paintings
Friday, February 17 – Friday, April 21, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours during this exhibition: Monday through Friday, 10 – 4 PM
Saturday from noon to 4 PM: February 18, March 18 and April 15
Raymond Avenue Gallery presents the pottery of Andrea Leila Denecke and the paintings of Mary Jo Van Dell.
Andrea Leila Denecke
Leila Denecke is a ceramic artist and potter who has been influenced by the natural enviromnent and vernacular architecture to inform her work. She studied and worked for over 4 years in Japan and the Japanese aesthetic has also had a significant effect as evidenced in her quiet, refined forms and references to the Japanese storehouse called a "Kura".
As a child she grew up alongside the St Croix River and the river has remained a very strong constant in her life. The St Croix is depicted in her "River Trays" eliciting the feel of the current in the patterns embossed and inlaid in the surface of the clay with crushed granite.
In addition to creating functional work, Leila has been commissioned to create large scale sculptures including the "United Fountain" at United Hospital in St Paul and "Stele Mississippi" a monument for the Sister City of Minneapolis: Ibaraki City Japan. Her smaller sculptures are designed to provide an island of tranquility for the viewer with their simple forms and iconic imagery.
Leila has received many awards for her work and it is included in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota History Center, Seto Museum of Art (Japan) and the Harlow Collection at Bemidji State University. The McKnight Foundation awarded her their Fellowship for Ceramic Artists in 2004 and 2008.
Leila was also chosen to be an Artist in Residence at the Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center in the city of Seto which is one of the ancient kiln sites, historically very important in Japanese ceramics.
Mary Jo Van Dell
Contemporary oil painter Mary Jo Van Dell finds inspiration in the woods, on the road, in the lakes, prairies, coasts and wilderness areas. Her paintings are recognized by her minimalist technique, limited use of palette and often somber and moody sense. Her straightforward approach and ability to captivate her audience emotionally has gained her a strong following of collectors and admirers, both nationally and internationally.
She has exhibited and been part of many solo and group shows throughout the country. Along with many awards, she has been invited to and attended residencies including an International Artist Residency in Newfoundland, Canada and Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. Her work is part of many private and public collections including the National Park Service, The Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.
Curated by Kraig Thayer Rasmussen
Photographs are available upon request.
The clay, latex sculptures and paintings of Raymond Avenue Gallery owner and artist, Joseph G. Brown, will be on view in the lower level gallery.
Raymond Avenue Gallery 761 Raymond Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55114, 651.644-9200
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