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Featuring the artwork of Tom Rauschenfels and Sue Rauschenfels
Sailing and being on or near Lake Superior has been a part of Tom Rauschenfels’ life since he was a young boy growing up on Park Point. Now as a retired art teacher working in printmaking, drawing, painting, and ceramics, he continues to be influenced by the lake and the area he loves. He likes to use nature, the human figure, and the exploration of different art styles in his creative endeavors. His artwork can be seen at Lizzards, Northern Printmakers Gallery, and numerous private collections here and abroad. Tom’s work can also be seen at www.thomasrauschenfels.com
I’ve admired watercolor and all free flowing visual art mediums for many years particularly work capturing the beauty of nature. I enjoy telling a story when I paint– and drawn to figurative and whimsical styles. Incorporating mixed media with watercolor adds texture and interest plus allows me the freedom to play. I am fortunate to study with and continue to be inspired by so many creative artists and mentors. As a retiree of UMD Continuing Education, I’m a perfect example of lifelong learning and am very grateful to be able to live the dream. I’m currently a member of Lake Superior Watercolor Society, Artists of MN and Arrowhead Artists. My work can be seen at 47 Degrees Gallery in Knife River, Lakeside Gallery in Duluth and by private appointment in my home/studio. 218-391-4385 or email [email protected]
I grew up in Minneapolis and received my BFA in glass working from St. Cloud State University in 1986. After blowing glass in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin, I moved to West Virginia, where I began to make clay work and pit firing it in my yard, and was hooked. I moved to Carbondale, Illinois and did graduate work in Ceramics, there. I received my MFA in 1996, moved to Victoria, British Columbia and spent two years making pots, gardening and traveling. Duluth became my new home in 1998.
My studio, the Duluth Pottery has moved to 1924 W. Superior Street in Duluth, smack in the middle of the new Lincoln Park Crafts District on the same block as Frost River, Bent Paddle Brewery, and the new OMC Smokehouse! We have a beautiful fine clay gallery and have more room for making pots and events of all sorts.
I enjoy working in pottery and tile, because they bring art to the table and every day use. Clay is a great medium for expression. I love that I exist in a long line of potters through history and a reflection of our culture.My work is Maiolica, an in-glaze hand painted tin glaze technique. I make functional pots and tiles that are meant to celebrate the day. My individual wall pieces and compositions of tiles are hand built and decorated with colorful, loose brushwork.I draw from every day scenes and objects for my imagery. Capturing the color and movement of the moment is my aim…the flowers in my garden trembling in a slight breeze and the sun glowing through them, or the light coming in the window and lighting the room.
For years, Pat Joyelle has been working in my studio, painting Duluth grill cups with me, as well as making her own beautiful tiles. She is a fabric designer, fine clothes maker, jeweler and much more. I am so happy to be able to show our work together here.
PAT JOYELLE My tiles are a celebration of color – in flowers, leaves, branches and twigs. Majolica is the perfect vehicle for this celebration. The intensity, variety and flatness of the glaze inspires my paintings and encourages me to explore a variety of subjects in the natural world. It is a joyous experience!
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