Bee Swell Poster Party
Hand color a pollinator poster with Activist Artist Nora Wildgen.
She’ll chat about what we can do for earth’s important pollinators.
Saturday, March 12, 4-6 PM
Suggested donation $10
Proceeds to UMN Bee Squad
Mary Esch and Josie Winship perform together as Poppy McIntosh, a British art snob and Nancy Bulshitini, an Italian from Boston. Hilarity ensues as two very different people try to discuss and critique an art exhibit.
Saturday March 26: Josie 3-4PM
Moon Dog: Art work by Mary Esch
‘Moon Dog’ is an exhibition of paintings, mono-prints, and crayon drawings, depicting a woman wandering with her dog, the moon, and nature. These themes have been perennial favorites of mine and this exhibition allows me to share the works I have accumulated in recent years. I have taken direct inspiration from literature and mythology, for example ‘Conversation with a Stone’, a poem by Wislawa Szymborska, and Dianna, Goddess of the Hunt.
Mary Esch has been a practicing artist in Saint Paul for 30 years. She’s known for her incisive drawing style, strange landscape based narratives, and portraiture. She cut her teeth at Speedboat Gallery in the 80’s, she was refined in the 90’s at Gallery Rebelloso and the Walker Art Center and had a blast exhibiting in New York, especially in 2000 when her painting, From Where Does She Come?, was used as a jumping off point for three plays, “nude in three acts,” presented by Abigail Marateck & Access Theatre. Currently Mary teaches observational drawing and right-brain creativity at area institutions. Mary continues to paint, draw, and print small editions in her studio and plein aire. Her honors include a Bush, a Jerome, and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships. Her works are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Franklin Art Works, and private collections internationally.
Whether I create a painting or a line drawing, most of my pictures depict a portion of or an entire circuitous journey on foot. Sometimes up, sometimes down, left, right , or all-over in a repeating visual pattern, assemblies of characters slog through landscapes, while each character is in some stage of unmasking. Sometimes I reveal just the resting point of a journey hoping to catch the vulnerability of a contemplative moment. To create my pictorial narrative I do a reading of a biblical fable or fairytale, daydream about it for a while, then, I use a technique that the Surrealists used called automata. The definition of automata is drawing without a premeditated idea. I’m compelled by the inner-search of fable characters and how they often set out on foot to find answers. I seek to create honest, humorous works that reveal the dark underbelly of feminism, and hopefully, push the boundaries of what is appropriate to depict.