The annual artOPENer Studio Tour held each spring provides an outstanding opportunity to visit an eclectic mix of diverse artists’ studios nestled in the scenic St. Croix Valley. Featuring fine art and contemporary craft, this unique tour includes ten studios extending from Stillwater, Minnesota, to Hudson and River Falls, Wisconsin. Visitors of all ages are invited to meet and share conversations with artists working in a variety of mediums including glass, jewelry, painting, printmaking, pottery and sculpture. The artOPENer Studio Tour features artwork for sale as well as glassblowing, printmaking, and potter’s wheel demonstrations throughout the weekend.
April “First Friday” – Freshen Up!, Friday, April 5, 5pm – 9pm.
Featuring four regional artists: Jean Everson (painter), Marlene Meyer (basket maker), Kristin Pavelka (ceramic artist), and Colleen Tabaika (fiber artist).
Color, texture, function, design … all key elements in freshening up for spring! the work of these four artists will help you see glimpses of spring through their beautiful craft and fine art. who can resist the joy of a new woven rug, a carefully crafted basket, a cheerfully embellished serving piece or a delightful, colorful, whimsical painting? We all need freshness to penetrate our worlds as we welcome a new season and “freshen up” our surroundings.
Join the artists and the seasons staff for the opening reception that embraces spring with wonderful art, refreshments and music.
Show remains up until April 29, 2013.
March “First Friday” – Wit & Whimsy, Friday, March 1, 5pm – 9pm.
Featuring approximately 30 artists represented at Seasons
Once again, the all artist show is back! This annual event includes as many artists represented by the gallery who wish to submit work based upon a common theme. this year, we are hoping for some “wit and whimsy” to help us through the remainder of winter and launch us in to spring. the show is traditionally fun, energetic, creative … and entertaining.
Please join us for laughter, witty conversation, food, music and refreshments.
The show will remain up until April 2, 2013.
Two items that people love are brought together in this show … teapots and tiles! The teapots come in all shapes and sizes … not, to mention palettes and personalities. The tiles come in multiple textures, shapes, with various images and patterns. All of these object d’art are wonderful additions to homes, collections and as special gifts.
Come and meet the artists, talk the talk, enjoy some food, refreshments and music!
The show will remain up until February 25, 2013.
Featuring Susan Panciera, Catherine Schoenherr and Jill Smith.
Jewelry treasures can definitely be found as these fine regional artists bring forth their latest, distinctively different, handcrafted work. Susan offers lovely silver jewelry in stunning contemporary styles. Catherine creates traditional saami bracelets, while Jill works in oxidized silver and interesting stones to achieve an industrial feel. all the jewelry is definitely suitable for holiday wear and as unique gifts for those special people on your list.
Join us to meet and greet the artists, enjoy holiday music and refreshments. The “Trunk Show” will continue through Saturday, December 8.
This opening features the work of all the artists we have the pleasure of representing throughout the year.
The gallery will be brimming with hand crafted holiday décor, artful additions for your home and gifts that dazzle your friends and family.
Join us for this festive kick off to the Season complete with food, beverages, music and holiday chatter. Just for fun … wear stripes if you have them!
Thomas is an award winning glass blower who captures our landscape, our gardens, and our moods through his contemporary glass sculptures and functional works. His forms are graceful and precise, accentuated by a color palette that spans the seasons.
Allan paints and draws largely from his imagination, more concerned with the essence of a scene than the reality of it. His love of rural Wisconsin is reflected through his masterful command of several medium. He “finds the land to have a quiet, dream like, almost mystical quality” which he interprets throughout the various seasons. His work is subtle, sophisticated, and mysterious.
Come to enjoy an evening of refreshments, entertainment and wonderful art.
The show will remain up until October 29th.
September “First Friday” – Midwest Modern, Friday, September 7, 5pm – 9pm.
boldly graphic, sometimes swirly, functional Pottery
by Sarah Dudgeon
vibrant textural Paintings and stripey reclaimed wood Furniture
by Melissa Belanger
“a bit of retro sophistication mixed with backwoods bohemian”
Join two of the area’s favorite artists for an evening of wit, whimsy and art goodness; food, music, and refreshments!
The show will remain up through October 1, 2012
Prices are approximately half off the regular selling price.
This fun, wacky event will not begin until 5pm … no exceptions.
The sale will continue Saturday and Sunday and will last through Monday, July 9 (Monday being half off the sale price).
Refreshments will be served and many of the artists will be present.
FYI, there is no “First Friday” in August.
These three regional artists create fanciful pieces that can be used in outdoor spaces … or enjoyed all year round indoors! Karen creates delightfully charming Fairie Houses using a combination of natural elements and other embellishments. Sheryl creates amazing ceramic tile that she then incorporates in to garden benches, as well as wall hangings and other objects with a definite retro vibe. Jim is a sculptor who creates whimsical, as well as representational metal sculptures that can make a definite statement in lush garden spaces.
Join the artists and staff for an evening of artful conversation, refreshments and music.
The show will remain up through July 1, 2012.
This annual event kicks off artOPENer weekend at the gallery. It is a great opportunity to be the first to see what is available from the potters and their guests. It will include the ever-evolving work of resident artists Joe Christensen and Jude Ryan Reiling. Joe is moving into new forms, color and painterly applications on his pots. Jude continues to work with figurative sculpture, gestural in nature, for both indoor and outdoor use.
Kirk Freeman is a returning favorite to the gallery. His functional porcelain, ash-fired glazed pots are truly a treasure for the home, as well as for gift-giving occasions. New to the roster this year is raku artist Chad Jerzak. Chad loves the challenges of raku and barrel firing and sees the process as unpredictable and compelling.
Join us to meet these wonderful artists and to enjoy refreshments and music as well. Visit www.artopener.com to see more details on the tour for May 5th and 6th.
April “First Friday” – Natural Waters Run Deep, Friday, April 6, 5pm – 9pm.
Featuring Mike Anderson, Patrick Casanova and Peter Pestalozzi
Natural waters have provided significant inspiration for all three artists. Mike’s woodcuts often demonstrate the serenity of life on and around the waters of northern Wisconsin, Patrick’s glass reflects the tones and the pulse of the St. Croix River, while Peter’s hand crafted furniture has movement capturing his deep-rooted relationship with the waters of Lake Superior. Water is powerful … so is this body of work.
Join us to celebrate the water-inspired works of these three talented regional artists. Enjoy food, music, refreshments, as well as interesting, artful conversation.
The show will remain up through May 1, 2012. Remember the artOPENer weekend, May 5th & 6th … www.artopener.com.
March “First Friday” – RECESS: Art Inspired by Play, Friday, March 2, 5pm – 9pm.
Featuring 35 artists represented at SEASONS
We have all been there … enjoying time out … playing with our friends … experimenting … being silly … tasting freedom … capturing the moment! That is what our artists have done in preparation for this show. They have taken time out to play … go back to the freedom of childhood … experiment with their medium (or, in some cases, another one) … be silly … push the envelope!
So, mark your calendars to come, see, play, chat and enjoy an evening of entertaining art. In addition to live music, food, refreshments, we will also have Kate Ryan Reiling with us … the creator of the hilarious game “Morphology.” Kate will have life size pieces of the game for you to PLAY with and enjoy.
The show will remain up through April 2nd.
SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery is excited to kick off the 2012 “First Friday” calendar with two exceptional regional artists.
Andrew Fletcher is a painter who sees his Midwestern world in a very clean, authentic, fluid and simple way. He has the capacity to easily reveal the beauty of where we live in a refreshing, soulful and contemporary manner.
Jo Severson is a well known Minnesota potter who describes her work as “simple, sturdy and functional.” She could easily add that it is also “astonishingly beautiful and tasteful.” Both artists are able to elicit emotion through their work which is simply poetic.
This is a “must see”" show for collectors and lovers of the visual arts. You will also be able to meet the artists, enjoy great conversation, music, food and refreshments.
The show will remain up until Tuesday, February 28th.
This is a great opportunity to meet this wonderful Bayfield jeweler.
Donalee will help you select a one-of-a-kind gift or the perfect jewel for a favorite holiday outfit. Each piece is hand made with sterling, as well as regional stones and natural rare gems.
Donalee’s designs are unique, innovative and actually tell a story.
Come to enjoy this wonderful selection of jewelry, as well as browse through the gallery for other special holiday treats. Your experience will be complete with music, food, refreshments and inspiring festive decor.
Enjoy the Candlelight Stroll in Historic Downtown Hudson. Luminaries will line the streets from 6pm – 9pm, carriage rides will be available and the sounds of carolers will fill the streets. Many shops and bistros will be open for your pleasure.
November “First Friday” – Oh, What fun!, Friday, November 4, 2011 5pm – 9 pm.
featuring all the artists the gallery represents.
Once again, it is time to celebrate all that is hand crafted and original! This annual kick-off and unveiling of holiday gifts and adornments is bound to be festive, fun and inspiring. We have fabulous new work arriving to get you in the mood for holiday gifting and decorating.
Join the staff and artists to celebrate the season. Oh, what fun we will have complete with music, refreshments, and joyfulness.
We will add to the mix in December for our annual Jewelry Trunk Show featuring Donalee Kennedy from Bayfield, WI.
STICKS “Trunk Show” – October 14 & 15
In conjunction with the celebration of American Craft Week, SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery is hosting two representatives of Sticks Furniture.
Call immediately to set up an appointment with an artist who will help you create a one-of-a-king heirloom piece to enjoy in your own home, cabin, workplace or give as a special wedding, anniversary or holiday gift. Space is limited, so call soon – 715-381-2906.
Oh yes, STICKS will also bring some select pieces for immediate purchase.
PINK for LIFE – October 7 & 8
A fun shopping and dining fundraising event in downtown Hudson. It is designed to raise money for the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hudson. There will be promotions, samples, door prizes throughout participating downtown businesses. With purchases or donations, participants will be able to collect tulip bulbs to create their own tulip bed!
October “First Friday” – down the alley, Friday, October 7, 2011, 5pm – 9pm.
featuring Thomas and Rebecca Maras
More than glass was happening in the alley this summer! In addition to the creation of new glass pieces and sculptures, Thomas and Rebecca enjoyed a welcomed side trip in to the world of painting. Their aesthetic is definitely alive and well as the paintings reflect the intensity of color and the clean, contemporary nature of their glass. It has been an interesting journey … an off shoot, so to speak, that now comes together as an exciting show.
Join Thomas and Rebecca in celebration of change, departure, and experimentation at the opening reception complete with food, music and refreshments.
The show will remain up through October 31st.
September “First Friday” – Urban Naturals, Friday, September 2, 2011, 5pm – 9pm.
featuring Kate Gomez and Susan Westley Seeger
Edgy, contemporary, industrial are words that can easily be used to describe the work of these two artists. Kate works masterfully and deliberately in acrylics to create organic, rich canvases that are alive with imagery. Susan works in metals to achieve wonderfully sculptural, sometimes functional pieces, that have extraordinary surfaces, textures and elements. Both artists are inspired by their natural surroundings, and yet, offer the admirer sophisticated work for all settings. Join the artists and the staff for a great show, refreshments and music.
The show will remain up through October 3, 2011.
Prices are approximately half off the regular selling price.
This fun, wacky event will not begin until 5pm … no exceptions.
The sale will continue Saturday and Sunday and will last through Monday, July 4 (Monday being half off the sale price).
Refreshments will be served and many of the artists will be here.
June “First Friday” – Embellishments for the garden, porch and patio, Friday, June 3, 2011, 5pm – 9pm.
featuring Joe Krumpelmann, Duane Seward and Sheryl Tuorila
We love our outdoor spaces! They become extended elements of our homes … and they require unique embellishments. The creative glass art of Joe Krumpelmann in the form of luminaries and spectacular panels; the imaginative copper work of Duane Seward in the form of birdbaths, trellises, and sculptural chairs; as well as the colorful tile mosaic work of Sheryl Tuorila in the form of panels, benches, and water features could be just the touch for your special outdoor space.
Come enjoy the work, the conversation, music, and refreshments.
The show will remain up until June 27th.
May “First Friday” – 2 + 2 Potters’ Invitational, Friday, May 6, 2011, 5pm – 9pm.
featuring Joe Christensen, Jude Ryan Reiling + Kirk Freeman, Zac Spates
This annual event always delights the ceramics community. Resident artists Joe Christensen and Jude Ryan Reiling bring new work forward each year specifically for the show. Joe’s soda-fired vessels continue to surprise, delight and amaze admirers because of their scale, detailed carving and serene palette. Jude is expanding her figurative “farm” series that evoke vivid memories of past times and relationships. Their guests, Kirk Freeman and Zac Spates are both functional potters from the area. Kirk is a favorite gallery artist who is known for his warm ash glazes in earthy, rich hues. Zac is an “up and coming” artist who is developing a reputation for his lovely wood fired pieces.
Come to enjoy exceptional art, great conversation, refreshments and music.
May 6th – May 30th
The 2011 artOPENer – The St. Croix Valley Studio Tour – Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, 10 – 5 each day.
The St. Croix Valley is rich with artisitic talent and home to many quaint artist studios. It provides a wonderful and rate opportunity to visit the artist you love in the place where inspiration begins. There are 8 studios on the tour with approximately 20 artists displaying their work. Each has its own unique charm. There will be glassblowing demonstrations and pottery throwing at many of the locations. The artOPENer Tour is open to the public, so bring friends and family to enjoy this fun filled event. Go to www.artopener.com for more information. SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery will be featuring artists in the Christensen/Reiling Clay Studio and the Maras Glass Studio.
Saturday, April 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery will be hosting Turningpoint’s POTTERY For Prevention.
This semi-formal event raises funds to benefit the prevention of child abuse in Pierce and St. Croix Counties. A silent auction of wonderful pottery from the area will be accompanied by food, refreshments and music. Come and celebrate the work of this outstanding organization.
April “First Friday” – Fresh New Beginnings, Friday, April 1, 2011, 5pm – 9pm.
Fresh New Beginnings featuring Minnesota artist Pamela Sukhum.
The fresh, vibrant art of Pamela Sukhum provides a perfect launch to spring and all that is new and fresh. Her lush paintings are characterized by rich colors and textures, and warm, radiant energy. This amazing Minnesota artist is fueled by spiritual and human connections forged during her journeys around the globe.
Pamela will do a mini-demonstration during the evening so that you can enjoy a glimpse of her style, technique and energy.
Naturally, the evening will be complete with food, live music and artful conversation.
The show will remain up until May 2nd.
March “First Friday” – crEATe: art inspired by food – Mar 4th 5-9pm
Each March, SEASONS’ freshest artists are asked to create art based on a common theme. This year, artists will be serving up delectable art inspired by food and drink.
From the sublimely traditional to the wonderfully wacky, this show always satisfies!
Join us for food, live music, and camaraderie with artists and staff!