Crossing Arts Presents ‘Northern Waters’ Exhibit

Brainerd, MN—This exhibition encompasses the beauty and abundant scenery and wildlife that Minnesota holds through a collaboration of paintings by Calihan Yliniemi and pottery by Lindsey Personius. Inspired by lake horizons, sunrises and sunsets, and reflections on the water, each of the mediums on display portrays fond memories of growing up on and around lakes in Minnesota, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying the sweet sounds of nature.

Lindsey Personius is a part-time artist who lives in Pillager, Minnesota. She enjoys crafting functional handmade pottery and paintings from her home studio. She studied Art Education with a focus on Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin–Stout where she hand-built large abstract sculptures. After college, she moved west to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she continued her ceramics education at the University of Idaho. There she specialized in throwing functional pottery.

Lindsey’s work is inspired by life in Minnesota and all things on, in, and around the lakes. She primarily does wheel-thrown ceramics with stoneware clay in a traditional and minimal style. Altering the surface of her pieces, she strives to echo the dichotomy between natural and man-made environments.

Calihan Yliniemi is a Minnesota-based artist currently residing in Minneapolis. She found her true passion for art, especially in drawing and painting, in college. A drawing professor motivated her love for drawing organic shapes and subjects in nature. At the College of Saint Benedict, she expanded on her passion for and skills in painting. As an art educator, she strives to share her love and joy for creating art with students of all ages.

Calihan’s work is inspired by the beauty found in nature, as she continues to paint and draw landscape scenes. The majority of art she creates encompasses the vivid colors of the subject matter and the joy it evokes, whether it be landscapes, people or objects. Intrigued by artists who stay true to their own style, she is inspired to create art that is a reflection of herself as well.

Opening August 6, this exhibition will be on display at the Crossing Arts gallery through September 4. An artist talk will take place on Saturday, September 4, from 12:00–12:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 12:30–2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at the reception; there will be a free-will offering at the door.

This exhibition is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or at Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Crossing Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit located in the heart of downtown Brainerd at 711 Laurel Street.