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June 19 - July 29
Marie Panlener/Mel Tudisco

Opening June 19th and running through July 29, Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota presents a new exhibit featuring the work of Marie Panlener and Mel Tudisco.

An artists’ reception will be held Friday, June 23 from 6:30-7:45 pm at Crossings. The public is encouraged to come, enjoy the art, meet the artists and partake of light refreshments and wine.

Panlener, who lives in St. Paul and is the current president of the NorthStar Watermedia Society, has been working in watercolors since 2009. As she sees it, both the beauty and the challenge of the watercolor medium is that “the paints themselves vary in transparency and granularity, and mixing them creates a seemingly endless supply of variables. I sometimes paint abstractly to remove reality from the equation and focus on just what the paint is doing.”

This appreciation of, and respect for, the materials is evident in her paintings which are filled with luminous colors. The current exhibit focuses primarily her landscapes, but includes a number of more abstract works as well. This combination of representational and more abstract paintings helps the viewer to see Panlener’s work as a continuum and to appreciate certain abstract elements in the landscapes and certain recognizable elements in the abstract pieces.

Tudisco has been a metalsmith and jewelry designer for over 20 years and maintains an independent studio in Minneapolis. The current exhibit features her wall pieces. She says “I am energized by the reaction and the texture that is created on metal when I distort it with heat, pounding, or paint. Metal doesn’t move easily and I love the coaxing of it to give it a tactile life. I become impelled to produce structure and density where there once was smoothness.”

Her highly textured and richly painted works appear at first glance to be purely abstract, but on further observation the viewer will begin to notice elements that hint at landscapes of various kinds. As Tudisco describes it, “these paintings often depict a loose interpretation of a landscape, where highly organic forms merge to reveal the many layers of the Earth’s surface over time.