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OPENING ARTIST RECEPTION
- Thursday, October 23, 4 pm to 7 pm
- Gallery One TractorWorks
- 800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
- Free and open to the public, 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday
New paintings by well-known Minnesota artist Marcia Soderman
PLEASE NOTE: There will be partial solar eclipse visible in Twin Cities on October 23 at 4:45pm.
Marcia Soderman, MFA, creates abstractions based on the natural world as visual metaphors for inner states of mind as well as a concern about climate change. Her subjects have included water distillations (healing, meditation) and solar and fire distillations (determination, spirit, inner fire). She’s always been fascinated with nature in all its intricacy, and often paints small watercolors outdoors as studies for larger acrylic paintings. Never satisfied to repeat the same image twice, the large abstractions evolve from one painting to the next in her continuing quest for greater artistic understanding.
Artist Statement: “The branching of trees, synapses firing, light beaming, the rhythm of water lapping on the shore, the constant beating of the heart. It all speaks of life. Pattern, repetition, change. The microscopic and the macroscopic echo each other remarkably in movement and form, in the gathering of force and the dissolution of form, and in the replication of these processes over and over again. The act of drawing, painting—mark-making—is a process imitative of life.”
Soderman has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows for twenty years. She has taught art, art history, and women in art for over 25 years at the University of Minnesota, Hamline University and other area colleges. While a professional in museum education Soderman curated many exhibitions. Her work has been published in major arts journals including Studio Visit and International Contemporary Artists.
She has been featured twice in Twin Cities TOSCA magazine and in August she received the Award of Excellence at the TOSCA/Maple Grove Arts Center exhibition, Beyond Minnesota Nice, juried by photographer Will Agar.
Soderman’s artwork is in many private and public collections, including the Art Collection of Boynton Health Services at the University of Minnesota. Her work can be seen at Boynton Health Services, in the online gallery of MetroInteriors.com, and in the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) Mentor Protégé exhibition, Beyond the Surface which runs Oct. 3-31 at the Grain Belt Bottling House in Northeast Minneapolis. Commissions are accepted.