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JUN 18 - July 28
Bebe Keith & Charlotte Laxen

Crossings at Carnegie will be running a six week exhibit of works by artists Bebe Keith and Charlotte Laxen. The exhibit is located in the gallery of Crossings at Carnegie, and is open and free to the public for viewing.  

In conjunction with the six-week exhibit, there will be an artist’s reception held on Friday, July 27, 6:30-7:45pm.  The public will have a chance to see and purchase the art, and speak with the artists. Wine, appetizers and desserts will be served.  This event is free and open to the public.

Bebe Keith is a self-taught artist who is always looking for ways to stretch herself. For years she did stained glass mosaics, and now she has moved into paper mosaics and is enjoying experimenting with metallic leafing, adding pen and painting to the collage pieces and playing with papers and edges. She continues to do public artwork as well. Her work can be found in hospitals, airports, event centers, colleges and more across the country.

Keith grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. Always excited about art and especially drawing, she made sure every used piece of paper had a drawing on the back side. After graduation from Hopkins High School, she went to the University of Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Bebe went on to teach elementary school for twelve years including one year as an art teacher, earning her Master’s in Education from Hamline University. She also has a degree in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Keith has work installed in public spaces throughout the country, most recently at Ridgedale Public Library, Minnetonka and Augsburg College, Minneapolis. She was named a 2007 Emerging Artist in FORECAST Public Art and a 2014 Finalist for the Rochester Ardee Award, which celebrate the arts in Southeastern Minnesota. As an illustrator, her work is found in books such as Small Things by Catherine Glynn and I Love You to Pieces! written by Barbara Benson Keith.  Since 2011, She has been a host for the PBS Television Show "Off 90" a local show about arts and culture in Southern Minnesota.

Charlotte Laxen is an accomplished watercolor artist and teacher with over 30 years of experience. She is well known and admired for painting the beauty of France which has a special place in her heart and all of her work still stems from this original inspiration. Charlotte paints in her home studio in Minnesota near her friends and family. Some of her other favorite subject matter is Minnesota scenes, gardens, and insightful expressions of her faith. She believes each painting has a story to tell.  

Creating has been part of her life since she was a little girl growing up on a farm near Easton in Southern Minnesota. She was drawn to art classes in high school, painting sets for plays. In 1972, she earned her degree in Art Education from St. Cloud State University, then went on to teach art to elementary and high school students for 13 years. The passion to paint France began in 1991 where she fell in love with the history - the daily life - the colors and textures.

Laxen has been the recipient of several emerging and career grants from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, with shows throughout the state over the years. She also had the privilege of teaching watercolor in Monet's Gardens in Giverny France twice, through a program that was called Art Study Giverny. Charlotte was the featured artist in the Reedy Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 2006 with a one person show called "The Arboretum Through the Seasons" where she shared my self-taught journey in learning plein aire painting. In 2016 she was part of a group of 5 artists in a show at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum called "Winter Wonderland - Beauty Revealed" focusing on their interpretations of winter. Her joy is in exploring new subjects  and finding the story in each one, and she feels her new work is more colorful, joyful, simple and filled with more light- and she’s only just begun!