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Artist Feature: Ken Moylan

Posted on May 7th, 2018

Knowing since the early age of five that he would someday become an artist, Ken Moylan has been creating art his entire life. Ken’s artistic style is based in realism. His contemporary artwork is very precise, illusionistic and highly crafted. “I combine traditional techniques and materials—such as painting, sculpture, woodworking,

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Artist Feature: Kristie Bretzke

Posted on May 7th, 2018

Kristie Bretzke is a realist oil painter and bronze sculptor. She loves both abstract and realist paintings but identifies most with figurative realist paintings. Kristie pursues a variety of meaningful themes in her art. “My work is very personal and based on emotion. I have pursued a variety of themes,

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Artist Feature: Susan Novak

Posted on May 7th, 2018

Susan Novak’s love for art began during her childhood and has continued throughout her life. “I always enjoyed drawing as a child. I majored in art in college and was fortunate to be able to make a living as a graphic designer and illustrator,” she says.

Susan works in a realistic painting style,

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Artist Feature: Carl Bretzke

Posted on May 7th, 2018

In his professional career, Carl practiced as an interventional radiologist; while his love of art museums during his youth sparked his passion for becoming an artist. Identifying most closely with realism, representational oil painter Carl Bretzke expresses his artistic talents through landscapes, cityscapes and interiors.

“I am drawn to overlooked images of everyday life often juxtaposed upon some form of beauty that results in an interesting combination;

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Artist Feature: Renee Olson Sonka

Posted on May 2nd, 2018

As an art teacher at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Renee uses a variety of techniques and materials to teach. Her medium of choice for her own artwork is Sumi-e painting. Sumi-e is a Japanese word defined as ink painting, and the term encompasses many types of East Asian painting.

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Artist Feature: Jodi Reeb

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Art has transformed the life of artist Jodi Reeb since she was very young. “At the age of five, I created poster drawings using crayons on blue-lined tablet paper and sold them throughout my neighborhood for a dollar. That’s when the idea was planted that I could make art as a means to make a living.

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Artist Feature: Florence Hill

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Throughout her life, Florence’s artistic talents have been inspired by nature as it appears in the moment. “As a child growing up where art education was not offered in school, I made “art” outdoors where I watched nature—who seemed to be my teacher. It was an urge to create with my hands that has never left,

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Artist Feature: Ruthann Godollei

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Ruthann Godollei’s prints, created in a wide variety of media, contain social and political content that engages viewers. “My prints incorporate political and social commentary with a touch of ironic humor. I play text and images off each other and prompt the viewer to reconsider pressing issues in new contexts,”

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Artist Feature: Jack Dant

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Jack Dant is both an artist and, in his professional life, a medical device product development engineer and project manager. He finds balance and commonalities in these two pursuits. “I find that my love of art and painting is a great complement to this technical side of my life. Both endeavors require and develop: creativity,

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Artist Feature: Barret Lee

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Graffiti, surrealism and cartoons are the inspiration for Barret Lee’s art. He uses acrylics and spray paint to create work that revolves around his love for these art forms. “Those three worlds I look to mold into one of modern escapism. I create fantastical characters and floating landscapes in search of an Utopian outlook on life”,

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