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Weaving Community Together: Art Collaboration at the Nemeth

Art possesses the unique super power of bringing people together.  The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, MN is hosting a unique arts collaboration this summer that has connected Columbian-born visual artist Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez  with northern Minnesota textile artist Bruce Engebretson.  Together, Luisa and Bruce are spending the summer working on projects at the Nemeth, a collaboration the Nemeth calls "Weaving Community Together".  Throughout the summer, Luisa is working with community members on a variety of visual art projects while Bruce is working at his loom inside creating a large tapestry inspired by Luisa's exibit at the Nemeth called "Impossible Landscapes."  

Luisa describes her exhibit Impossible Landscapes as work inspired by those moments in life when a person is faced with great troubles and finds themselves perplexed as to how to move forward.  Her advice: think positively. Think beyond yourself.  Consider elements like the sun, the oceans, the sky that invite wonder and grounding simultaneously.  Her abstract works are a something of a kaleidoscope of colors and layers and line and texture. 

Throughout this summer, Bruce is working on a creating a woven textile from her work on his loom that he has set up inside the Nemeth.  The final piece will be complete in September.  Between now and then, the public is invited to stop by, meet the artists, work on visual art with Luisa and even have a chance to do a little weaving on the loom.  

In this segment of Area Voices, Luisa and Bruce discuss their art and their project. 

A reception honoring both artists will take place Saturday, July 20th from 4-6pm at the Nemeth. Everyone is welcome to attend.