Stillwater Galleries Join Forces to Celebrate Local Artist

Joseph Samuelson’s work to be show concurrently at Stillwater Public Library and ArtReach St. Croix.




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Syndie Sorensen is the Program & Marketing Manager at ArtReach St. Croix.

Dinner at Red Table, by Joseph Samuelson
Dinner at Red Table, by Joseph Samuelson

Joseph Samuelson has been fixture in the Stillwater art community since he set up a pottery studio in his home in 1981. A retired Stillwater Area High School art teacher, for years Samuelson connected students to art while demonstrating how creativity applied to other subject areas as well. Throughout March and April, Samuelson’s pottery and multi-media paintings with be on display at both the Stillwater Public Library gallery and The St. Croix Galleries at ArtReach St. Croix.

Pots and Paintings at the Stillwater Public Library Gallery will showcase a selection of Samuelson wood-fired pottery as well as several of his paintings.  The exhibition will be on display throughout March and April during library hours:  Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Across the street at ArtReach, Samuelson’s pieces will be displayed alongside watercolor paintings by his wife Myrlah Olson and macro-photography images by Minneapolis artist Greg Foley in Life’s Textures: Plants and Minerals. The works in the show look at the element of texture found in our everyday surroundings both natural and man-made.

Life’s Texture will be on display March 7–April 13, 2013. The St. Croix Galleries are open Wednesdays–Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 224 Third Street North, Stillwater, Minn. ArtReach St. Croix is located at 224 Fourth Street North, Stillwater, Minn.

More about Life’s Textures:

St. Croix Galleries at ArtReach St. Croix
“Life’s Textures” in the St. Croix Galleries at ArtReach St. Croix

What textures do you notice as you go about your day? Do you see the dimensions and tactile nature of the world around you? Do you observe the subtle veins in the maple leaf? Do you appreciate the textural debris left behind on utility poles?

In Life’s Textures: Plants and Minerals, Joseph Samuelson, Myrlah Olson and Greg Foley explore the texture, details, and elements that often go unnoticed in our everyday life in a joint exhibit at the St. Croix Galleries at ArtReach St. Croix.

Samuelson’s large format multi‐media paintings feature elements such as slip and lead that add tactile complexity and a sense of mystery to his pieces, while his hand‐crafted pottery bares the subtle effects of firing with wood. In contrast, Olson’s watercolor paintings highlight the form and texture found in plants and botanicals by means of capturing the spirit of the subject. Texture is once again highlighted in Foley’s macro‐photography of utility poles and lichen—looking beyond the whole to appreciate the dimensions of both everyday life and nature.


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