Seven regional artists - six Minnesotans plus Hager City artist Ann-Marie Rose - provided artworks for "Flora & Fauna," a new exhibit at the Anderson Center that explores the human relationship to other species.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 19 in the main gallery at Tower View. The event is free and open to everyone; refreshments will be served.
"The depiction of plants and animals in artwork portrays as much about human culture as it does about other species," said Anderson Center Executive Director Stephanie Rogers, who curated the exhibition.
"The artists in 'Flora & Fauna' show many facets of how people interact with other organisms."
Participating artists are:
• Kat Corrigan, whose paintings of animals in the wild are as thoughtful as human portraits.
• Areca Roe, whose photographs depict unusual or exotic pets in residential settings.
• Alonso Sierralta, whose three-dimensional works combine wood forms and other materials into sculptural forms
• Lynda Monick-Isenberg, whose drawings of other species are metaphors for her own life; some collaborative works with a former student, Alyssa Baguss, also are shown.
• Emily Donovan, whose abstract works are made with natural dye and beeswax on paper.
• Laura Hallen, who paints an aquatic environment that reflects both beauty and danger (see related story).
• Ann-Marie Rose, whose photographs combine multiple images to celebrate the plants of the Upper Midwest.
"One of my ongoing fascinations is how we interact with other species," Rogers said.
"Throughout this exhibition, we are reminded of the depth of our interconnection with other species and the impossibility of escaping a human-centered viewpoint," she commented in her curator's statement.
Most of the artists will be present at the July 19 reception. They will be introduced around 7:45 p.m. All of the artworks are for sale.
The exhibition can be seen through Aug. 10. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 651-388-2009 or go online to www.andersoncenter.org.