Emerging Artists Exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Gallery opens Feb. 11

Professional showcase highlighting seven artists

Lanesboro Arts announced the opening of its 2023 Emerging Artists Exhibit, kicking off with an artists’ reception Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, live music by Ann and Andy Lowe of Lanesboro and an opportunity to meet the artists. Artwork will be displayed through April 9 at the Lanesboro Arts exhibition gallery. 
Seven artists will showcase their work: Gabriel Berg of Viroqua, Wis., 3-D fiber and mixed media; Samantha Bratland of Preston, Minn., bright mixed media pieces; Lindsey Cherek-Waller of Red Wing, Minn., pink-hued portraits and still-life paintings; Lindsey Jorgensen of Bloomington, Minn., small woven fiber wall pieces with nods to nature; David Susag of Lanesboro, bowls created with a primitive Norwegian lathe; Jesus Genis Tlaseca (aka RiPTOE), of Coon Rapids, Minn., energetic digital and mixed media scenes; and Carol Weissenborn of Minneapolis layered mixed media abstract paintings.
Their pieces span a variety of mediums and reflect a range of perspectives. Some use traditional tools, while others employ digital techniques. The show includes both 2-D and 3-D work. 
“It is with great enthusiasm that we support and nurture artists in the early stages of their professional development,” said Gallery Director Kris Viesselman. “These seven artists have much stellar work ahead of them and we are proud to help propel their creative journeys.”
The Emerging Artist Exhibition was developed in 2015 to meet the needs of artists with burgeoning new talent. This juried show provides emerging artists, selected in a jury process, an opportunity to display work in a professional gallery setting. 
Lanesboro Arts defines an “emerging artist,” or early career artist, as an individual who has great potential in their artistic practice but has not yet received major recognition, has not yet been substantially celebrated for their work and/or has not yet established significant “footing” within their field. The process was open to applicants from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro. Always free and open to the public, winter gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The organization provides year-round arts programming and serves as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development, by providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. 
For more information, visit www.lanesboroarts.org.