Works to Include Paintings, Sculpture, Mixed Media and More
ST. PAUL, MINN. (April 19, 2013) – The newly renovated Union Depot will participate in the 2013 St. Paul Art Crawl by serving as a gallery location featuring art by more than 15 artists. Some of the art to be displayed was created by artists with disabilities including some who are in the PAI (formerly called Phoenix Alternatives, Inc.) and Lifeworks programs. The St. Paul Art Crawl will take place April 26-28 when art studios and galleries throughout downtown St. Paul will open their doors to the public to showcase a wide array of visual and performance art. The gallery at Union Depot will be located in the spacious and historic waiting room.
PAI and Lifeworks are organizations that work with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them set and reach goals and gain the skills necessary to live as independently as possible. PAI offers a program focused on art, and the work created by PAI clients is sold on the organization’s website to help clients earn income. The artwork that will be displayed in the Union Depot gallery show will include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and more.
The following artists are among those participating in the Union Depot gallery:
Anne Spooner: Anne creates mixed media avian-inspired paintings and clay work. To her, birds have become a symbol for living through serious illness and they bring a message of compassion, hope, healing and protection. Anne has exhibited locally and nationally and she is a longtime participant in the St. Paul Art Crawl.
Jill Lynne Ness: Jill began her career as a writer, receiving the Emerson College Dean’s Award for Acquainted with the Night, a memoir about her experience with severe depression. Years later, following family and physical crises, she returned to Minnesota with her young daughter and began to explore the visual arts as part of her healing process. Since then she has sold many of her paintings, drawings and mixed media works and has earned numerous awards.
Gayle Wyant: Gayle has been drawing and painting since she was a child. In the mid-1990s she founded an arts group in a local community support program. When she retired in 2003 she was able to devote herself fulltime to her art and to participate in many art shows for disabled artists each year. Gayle is primarily a watercolorist though she also enjoys dabbling in mixed media, acrylics and freehand sculpture. Additionally, Gayle is a writer and is currently working on writing and illustrating her own books.
Rob Spencer: A native of Pennsylvania, Rob received his BFA from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and his MFA at University of North Dakota. He works with ceramics and printmaking and has taught ceramics at University of North Dakota and Edina Art Center.
Shelley Weithoff Jutila: Shelley is a painter whose exuberant work is inspired by the energy of music and nature. These energies and the colors in her palettes give her the bold, expressionistic quality she achieves.
The gallery in Union Depot will be open during St. Paul Art Crawl hours: Friday, April 26 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, April 27 from noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 from noon-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.uniondepot.org or call 651-224-6000.