Weekend Showcase: Robbinsdale Gallery Exhibits
Gallery 5004 and Robbin Gallery, both in Robbinsdale, currently have excellent exhibits.
Gallery 5004 in Robbinsdale specializes in Minnesota artists from the past century. In their Minnesota Masters Exhibit going on now, they have some gems. “A rare opportunity for people to see five oil on canvas paintings by and artist by the name of Earle Loran,” said gallery owner, Tim Bechtold.
Loran was born in 1905 and after graduating from the University of Minnesota, studied at the Minneapolis School of Art under Cameron Booth. “The five pieces that we have, some of which are very similar to ones that are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. They are also similar to the ones in the Minnesota Museum of American Art here in St. Paul. All of these were done back in the 1930s, so these are old paintings. They look, to me, like they were done yesterday,” said Bechtold.
There are 38 Minnesota artists featured both from the past and the present. And it’s not all painting. There are fascinating glass pieces by Mike Tonder, and two pieces by renowned kinetic sculptor, Bruce Stillman. “The artist referred to ‘the art of pleasant motion’ as what he was going after,” said Bechtold.
Don’t miss the Minnesota Masters Exhibition at Gallery 5004 through October 19th.
“Watershed” at Robbin Gallery
Across the street at Robbin Gallery, artist Greg Lecker has an exhibition called “Watershed.”
“Growing up as a kid we explored the creek and I’ve kayaked and canoed avidly. And so I’m very much interested in the notion of water,” said Lecker. “And Watershed really has two meanings. It’s the meaning of an area of land that sheds water to a specific area. And we’re fortunate in Minnesota to have three watersheds,” said Lecker. He’s a plein air painter, meaning he primarily paints outdoors on location.
“And then the second meaning of Watershed is a turning point. And so, the notion of we are at a historic turning point in terms of where we stand in terms of the environment,” said Lecker.
Don’t miss the live painting event with Greg next Saturday, October 19th from 1-3 p.m. where he’ll be available to answer all your questions. You can drink in this visual liquid refreshment at the Robbin Gallery through October 26th.
For more stories on work that has appeared in the Robbin Gallery and Gallery 5004 in Robbinsdale go to our CCX media webpage.