FARIBAULT — An opening reception will be held on April 9, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include a Facebook livestream.  A virtual gallery talk with the artists is also scheduled for April 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. 

In the Carlander Family Gallery artist Ron Duffy’s show “Brushed Back to Life: Healing From Illness Through Intuitive Painting and Poems is on display.  In the Lois Vranesh Boardroom Gallery Greg Hines photography is featured, with artwork from Hanah Stadler in the Creger Memorial Gallery.  The Hy-Vee Gallery will feature a Spring Pop Up Shop with spring inspired wares from local artists including baskets, fused glass and pottery.

Ron Duffy explains that his show “offers a personal story about our natural and universal impulse to heal when faced with resignation, despair or brokenness that often accompanies living with a serious illness, trauma or disappointment.

It’s a story about resilience and a desire to live more fully and joyfully in the

midst of difficult personal circumstances. It is not a story about being cured.

When I turned 57 I had lived with a chronic illness (Lyme’s Disease) for over 17 years. Physically and emotionally, I was worn down. I lived with a quiet sense of discouragement about what the rest of life might hold for me.”

He adds, “Following an intuitive hunch, I began painting classes for the first time. I started writing poetry. To my surprise, over a several year period, paintings and poems figuratively erupted from me. I had a sense of something joyful and deeply spiritual unfolding for me. This process was leading me away from despair and towards a new path of healing.

Visually and through poems, I share feelings and experiences that portray the

anger, frustration, and isolation I felt. Additional paintings and poetry moved me towards hopefulness, joy and making peace with the situation. I saw my

experience of illness with fresh eyes -- through a lens of acceptance and less

judgment. These abstract paintings and poems sparked in me a renewed zest

for living that had been dulled by illness.

Greg Hines explains his inspiration. “The art of Creation. I must create in order to be complete. I observe the world around me looking for beauty in all of the creation: The Earth, man’s structures and designs, and that within my mind. From this experience I create my story from what I see, and it’s beautiful.”

He adds, “With the advent of mobile phone cameras my experience as a photographer has been radically changed. Now, working nearly entirely on an iPhone, I can capture, process, alter, and distribute my images all from within this tiny box. As technology changes this frees me up to limitless possibilities and more time creating from wherever I am located on this wonderful planet in which we live!”

Please call The Paradise Center for the Arts at 507-332-7372 with any questions.

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