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Main Gallery

MIssissippi icons


July 5 – August 18, 2018

Reception:   July 13, 6–8 pm

Minneapolis artist Mary Catherine Solberg brings her impressive mixed media works to Great River Arts with the exhibition, Mississippi Icons. These bold, iconic, contemporary works are influenced by religious imagery, the Old Masters, vintage post cards and circus sideshow banners. These unique works, which she calls “Everyday Icons,” focus on a single character to capture moments of triumph, transition, enlightenment and serenity. Dogs leap for balls, squirrels clutch their prize candy corn and swimmers savor from the water, each in their own way achieving transcendence. Traditional portraiture takes on an ethereal interpretation with the incorporation of gold leaf and various other media including plaster, oil, acrylics, beeswax, gold leaf, layers of varnish, gems and glitter. Her signature technique produces a highly textured masterful portrait with surprising depth and luminescence. She recently had a blockbuster exhibition at the Marine Art Museum and many of these pieces and new works are now on view at GRA!