WILD THINGS ART
Margery Kaul Peterson
In the movie City Slickers, Billy Crystal plays an urban guy vacationing at a dude ranch to find himself. When faced with a pregnant cow bellowing in pain, his cowboy mentor says, "Looks like she's ready to burst." Billy cries, "Bursting? There's going to be bursting?"
That's how my abstract art felt when it was born—bursting out of me, with energy and ideas. But this only happened after years of exploring, taking classes in photography, drawing, book-making, minoring in art, writing about art and architecture for local firms and publications, visiting art museums around the world, volunteering with kids' art classes and as a museum guide. The actual bursting began after taking weeklong summer classes at Madeline Island School of Art on acrylic abstract painting and printing and painting with papers.
Wild Things Art is about seeing nature with new eyes. I was raised alongside a woods and lake, and worked as an environmental planner for the state after college. My abstract art interests blended with my environmental past to produce abstract nature paintings. Nature is clearly in distress. I hope that exploring different ways to see nature's beauty and purpose will help motivate us to make things right.
Freelance writer for 30 years, mostly humorous essays, newspaper and magazine articles and marketing communications for architectural firms.
Previously, Environmental Planner for the State of Minnesota. Paid guide/interpreter at the Minnesota State Capitol for three years. Substitute teacher for St. Paul public schools.
Recently, guide at the Weisman Art Museum for four years. Masterpiece Art presenter in elementary schools for the Minneapolis Art Institute for several years. Destination Imagination coach for several years. Instructor and site coordinator for Free Arts. Wrote and directed children's plays. Coordinated community art projects at church and school. And many more volunteer art experiences.
BA Social Sciences/BA Journalism and Art/ MN State Universities