RED WING -- “Course of Nature,” an exhibition of artworks created by four individuals while at the Anderson Center, goes on display Oct. 9 in the Main Gallery at Tower View.

The mixed-media works all were created in the 300-plus acre nature preserve surrounding Tower View, including the Cannon River Bottoms. They will remain on display through Nov. 21.

The four featured individuals – past resident artists C. Anthony Huber (2018), David Andree (2017) and Alyssa Coffin (2019), plus Emily Donovan – made images of place or used foraged organic materials “to create ephemeral works that tread lightly on the land while exploring their relationship within the broader ecosystem,” Anderson Center officials said.

They “engage with land, water and plants as co-creators in their work,” Executive Director Stephanie Rogers explained.

Huber, for example, was in residence during May of 2018, so he was able to work in the river bottoms in weather conditions ranging from snow to sunny. Several images from that period will be on display.

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For him, photography is “a gateway” to art. “It’s such a great way to capture the world around you,” he said. His work blends processes and materials in a way that addresses the tension between erosion and construction.

C. Anthony Huber installed his concrete-on-canvas artwork in the Cannon Bottoms while at Tower View in Red Wing. Submitted photo
C. Anthony Huber installed his concrete-on-canvas artwork in the Cannon Bottoms while at Tower View in Red Wing. Submitted photo

While at Tower View Huber created art by replicating what he sees in the urban world, such as cracks in sidewalks and worn walls, by “feathering” concrete on canvas. This creation he then returned to nature and photographed – his attempt to influence nature by changing the landscape.

In the Cannon Bottoms, he installed the 60-foot long, 12-inch wide concrete strip by wrapping it around a tree and through the terrain. That same strip later traveled to the Arctic Ocean, where he created a “Lost Glacier” series of images.

“This piece has been all over, for thousands of miles,” Huber said. “The art has a history, a life of its own.”

Huber’s affinity for the local landscape comes naturally. He grew up in Rochester, traveled as a Marine, lived in Hawaii for a number of years then returned to work at Mayo Clinic before devoting himself to art. He’s currently based in Iowa City, but shows his work in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

The show also will feature artwork by:

  • Donovan, who uses handmade dyes to create paintings on paper. The dyes are created using centuries-old methods and recipes. Donovan spends her time outdoors, observing plants and seasonal cycles as she researches the origins of color and explores the balance between human interaction and the environment.
  • Andree, who was in residence in 2017, is an interdisciplinary artists whose work explores landscape as a subject of flux through painting, drawing, sculpture, video and sound. He is an art professor at the School of Art in Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Coffin, an interdisciplinary artist and creative writer currently living in Knoxville, Tenn., was at Tower View in 2019. Her focus is on environmental interventions and performance. Coffin’s recent book, “Remergence,” juxtaposes poetic reflections with her artwork as an exploration of death and creation.

A public reception for the exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 9 outdoors near the Main Gallery. Light refreshments will be served; facial coverings are required.

The public can visit the gallery, free of charge, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, go online to www.andersoncenter.org or call 651-388-2009.

If you go …

Who: Four visual artists

What: “Course of Nature” opening reception

When: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Outdoors at Anderson Center Main Gallery

How much: Free

More info: 651-388-2009