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Sept 9 - Oct 21
Kristine Fretheim/Nancy Grist

Opening August 11 at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, an exhibit of work by Nancy Grist and Kristine Fretheim. The gallery is open to the public during business hours.


Nancy Grist has been practicing art and architecture in the Twin Cities area for 24 years and enjoys a sunny studio office in bustling Northeast Minneapolis. She studied Fine Arts, Dance, Chinese Language & Lit, and Architecture and have settled into a life which now involves most of those things.

Why does a particular sight or image resonate with us? Nancy Grist works in service of the deep sense of connection she feels when light, color, and form in everyday scenes combine in stirring ways. Often figurative, her artwork explores ideas of connection, balance, and strength of center through the use of poised form in play or pursuit. Nancy looks for value and meaning in the connections between people, places, moments, and activities that we can relate to—that resonate. She is lucky to work in a sunny 3rd floor warehouse studio in Northeast Minneapolis.

Growing up in her father's art studio and posing for his portrait painting classes, Kristine Fretheim knew at a young age that she would become a professional artist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied art education at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. She began painting in watercolor in the late 1970's when she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota from the San Francisco Bay Area. Fretheim worked in the field of advertising and graphic design for over 25 years and has taught watercolor at various Twin Cities art centers.

Zen meditation has transformed Kristine's life and her painting process. She was introduced to Zen in 1999 and received lay ordination in 2003. Buddhist practice continues to impact her artwork, opening her to a more direct relationship with her world. Watercolor, with its transparent layers and the light of the paper shining through, is a great metaphor for meditation. Like watercolor, at times the mind is opaque, heavy with layers of thoughts; at times it is luminous, light and clear.

Kristine calls her current work abstract realism. She relies on principles and elements of design to create abstract compositions that emphasize the essence of the subject. She has an affinity for the forms in nature and use various watercolor techniques to evoke a sensory experience in the viewer. Kristine creates her art in the hope of inspiring viewers to become more vividly aware of their unique sensory experience, and to see with fresh eyes.

The exhibit will be on display at Crossings until October 21, with an artist’s reception to take place on Saturday, September 16 from 6:00-7:15. The public is invited to this free event which will include an opportunity to view the art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and light snacks.


For more information visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.