FORAGED // October 24th - November 22nd, 2019
An interdisciplinary exhibition celebrating local color between Annie Irene Hejny and Annabella Sardelis that honors local land, water, plants, and artistic collaboration.
MINNEAPOLIS // October 24, 2019 – Gamut Gallery presents Foraged, a collaboration between textile artist Annabella Sardelis and visual artist Annie Irene Hejny, two artists who have dedicated their lives to celebrating the natural beauty of Minnesota in their art. Their unique artistic process involves months of foraging for local plants to create natural dyes and pigments that grow abundantly around the Twin Cities. Foraged will premiere Hejny's first body of abstract paintings created exclusively with handmade natural pigments rather than manufactured acrylic alongside Sardelis' new line of wool scarves, calligraphy prints, and an installation of sample specimens that the two women have collected on their journey.
Hejny and Sardelis invite viewers to reconnect with nature and recognize the wisdom of plants in our everyday lives. These works will feature handmade colors created from seven plants including jewelweed, tansy, black walnut and buckthorn, gathered from diverse places in the Twin Cities’ bioregion from wooded paths and riverbanks to city boulevards. A personal connection to the natural world defines the on-going work of both artists, whose practices involve the use of organic materials, waste reduction, and environmental stewardship. As Hejny says, “Our work is made for the earth, in honor of the earth, and for people to connect with the earth.”
In addition to the opening night event and regular viewing hours, patrons will have the opportunity to engage with the art and artists directly on Saturday, November 16th for “Show & Tell.” In this hands-on Art Talk, moderator Jade Patrick will lead a conversation that dives deeper into their creative processes, motivations, and connections to the Twin Cities’ natural landscape.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Annie Irene Hejny is a visual artist who creates abstract paintings and drawings with natural materials. Rooted in a strong connection to the earth and her home state of Minnesota, she has successfully completed nearly 50 commissioned projects for galleries, private collections, and public institutions, both locally and nationwide, that utilize organic foraged materials. She has participated in several notable residencies and mentorship programs, and exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions. Her largest solo exhibition to-date at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (2018) received 10,000+ visitors and one painting remains in the museum's permanent collection. Hejny is currently a member of Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. www.annie-hejny.com
Annabella Sardelis is a textile artist and founder of INDIGO & SNOW, a Minneapolis studio located in the Casket Arts building that is dedicated to sustainable design. In addition to producing hand-dyed and painted apparel, accessories and decor, she teaches natural indigo workshops with a focus on zero waste practices. She exhibits her work nationally and has been featured in the New York Times, Elle, and Apartment Therapy, as well as other publications. Her goal is to make the world a more beautiful place. www.indigoandsnow.com
EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, October 24th from 7 - 10pm // $5, Free for Members
Saturday, November 9th, 7-11pm ( No open hours this day )
Libations, Dancing, Art & Live Music
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SHOW & TELL
Saturday, November 16th 11am - 1pm // $7 presale, $10 door
A conversation with Annie Hejny & Annabella Sardelis with a hands on look into materials that went into creating Foraged. Start your morning with coffee, conversation & community. Pre-sale admission available at: http://www.gamutgallerympls.com/membership_tickets/
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