sweet endings/lovely beginnings

Mixed media sculpture by Whittney A Streeter

Last weekend marked the finale of Deep Cuts, an exhibit that bore witness to the artwork of Jonny Kelson and Matt Franzen. Born just over a year ago in a spirit of collaboration between the two artists, Deep Cuts came to full fruition with an opening reception four weeks ago. Since that night, a night filled with the air of celebration and a good many people; many more visited the Rogue Buddha Gallery, spending time contemplating the merits of the exhibit, of which there were many.

I would like to thank first and foremost the artists, Matt and Jonny, for sharing with us and with the RBG in particular, not just their artwork, but, the bulk of what was their lives for the past year as they prepared and toiled in their studios. The finished paintings are a testament to that time spent dedicated to their craft. I would also like to thank those that have visited us, either in person, online if out of town or merely in spirit if that was all that could be afforded. Your participation in the exhibits at the Rogue Buddha Gallery is what fuels not just my passion for sharing the work of others but those artists desire to exhibit here. It truly is an honor to serve the Twin Cities community by providing a brick and mortar location to view artwork firsthand and in real life. While the internet has done wonders for accessibility both for artists and patrons alike, there simply is no substitute for the experience one has standing face to face with a work of art in a space dedicated to that purpose.

Lastly but certainly not least, I would like to thank those who find themselves so moved and affected by the work on offer at the Rogue Buddha Gallery that they not only are admirers and supporters, but become patrons and collectors. From inexpensive prints and studies to large originals, from the first time art buyer to the seasoned collector, each and every sale not only keeps the lights on and the doors open, but validates and encourages not only myself but the artists who call the Rogue Buddha home.

I’ve always thought that part of the beauty one finds in art is that mysterious joy one receives in recognizing a bit of ones own soul in it. Nothing makes me happier than seeing people recognize a part of themselves for the first time when they look upon a specific work of art that speaks to them and moves that intangible force within. I look forward to continuing my vocation of sharing artwork that I find intriguing and am passionate about and pairing up soul mates – works of art with their adopted families.

As Deep Cuts was coming to an end this past weekend, we at the Rogue Buddha R&D Labs were already busy getting ready and making preparations for the newest exhibit, Bedlam and Bibelot, which opens this Friday evening, November 17th. The artist reception will be from 6 to 10pm and all are welcome to attend.

While it’s hard to say goodbye to an exhibit that I felt so passionate about, I am equally excited to bring to fruition an exhibit that sees another new artist to the gallery bring her magical talents to our walls.

The work of Whittney A. Streeter was brought to my attention via a mutual friend who suggested I visit a group exhibit she was participating in at St Kate’s University in St Paul Minnesota. Always a fan of their gallery and art department, I made a point of visiting at my earliest convenience. I was not disappointed and as such, a plan was hatched to host Whittney this November and December.

Whittney traverses the realms of two and three-dimensional art with ease as both bodies of work, while quite different in intent and scope, compliment one another seamlessly.

Her two-dimensional paintings conjure forth the likenesses of hags from around the world, those dark and mysterious women of fairytales and folklore, in a subtle and delicate illustrative manner. These women are not to be trifled with or taken lightly.

Then there are the toys of wonder and mischief, reconfigured monstrous jack in the boxes and horses turned musical instrument. Meant to be picked up, played with and used, these art objects are intended to be interactive so as to make the viewer an active participant in the art.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Whittney this Friday evening and I hope that you are able to attend!

Cheers!

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