March Rosalux Exhibit, Laura Stack and Valerie Jenkins “Sticky Ridges”

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7th, 7-10pm

Exhibit Dates: March 7- 29, 2015
Rosalux Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun 12-4

“Sticky Ridges and other perils of silent senses” features the paintings of Laura Stack and paintings/drawings of Val Jenkins in a two-person exhibition at Rosalux Gallery. Both artists share an interest in exploring spatial perception through the simultaneity of flatness and depth, and the illusion of movement that can be suggested within still images. Laura Stack creates a fluid spatial world into which the viewer projects themselves into another world, a bodily or chemical world – a world with its own rules and physics. Val Jenkins’ makes work that she describes as projecting into the space of the viewer, so there is a moment of recognition between materiality and illusion.

Laura Stack’s detailed ink paintings are an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic. Borrowing from both natural and man-made structures, her painted and poured ink images morph into odd, though vaguely familiar forms that bloom, dissolve, and then disperse. Dried pools of ink suggest the flux and flow of indeterminate forms.

Valerie Jenkins’ oil paintings and graphite drawings are both pictures of space and they inhabit space as objects. Phenomena gleaned from the material and virtual world create an internal structure that is both subterranean and architectural. Viewed all together, the work functions as a trace of everyday experience; where such concerns as distance and proximity, ambiguity and contradiction, matter and its negation, invite speculation about illusion and reality.

Shapeshifter 21 by Laura Stack, ink on paper, 12″ x 9″


Shapeshifter 20 by Laura Stack

Shapeshifter 20 by Laura Stack, ink and gouache on paper, 16″ x 20″



The Edge of Nature : James Wrayge and Eleanor McGough


February 7-28, 2015
Opening Reception February 7th, Saturday, 7-10pm

The Edge of Nature is an exhibition of paintings engaged in a search. The idea of finding the elusive “edge” of nature is paradoxical in that nature may encompass everything, while simultaneously being a word with meanings that are difficult to define. Wrayge’s nuanced abstractions find influence rooted in classical philosophy that proposes that art is an imitation of nature, and further that art is an imitation of nature in action. McGough’s recent series, “Flight Patterns” and “Flight Jacket Vestments” explore the mysterious qualities of flight, unpredictable natural forces, and insect and bird migrations.

The new paintings of James Wrayge present imagery contained in the world of the wilderness and in the world of the city; illuminating the parallels of nature and the man made world. His compositions are influenced by the erosion, aging, weather and light that occurs in both settings. He explores the contrasts between both worlds visually and emotionally. His work uses layers of textures; the opaque and the transparent intertwine with monochromatic hues and vivid color.

Eleanor McGough’s paintings explore our fleeting place in the larger patterns of weather, migrations, and time. Imagined life forms inhabit terrestrial, aquatic, or atmospheric spaces, revealing fragile and tenuous relationships within these vast systems. McGough is influenced by the research of high altitude entomology that details the astonishing fact that billions of insects are carried in air currents through the layers of our atmosphere. This idea serves as a visual metaphor to the broader context that all life is transitory and swept up in immense patterns of energy.

Gallery hours are 12 – 4 PM Saturdays and Sundays and admission is free and open to the public.


This Sun. Jan. 25th, 3:00-4:00pm – ARTISTS TALK by SHANA KAPLOW and LAURA STACK

This Sun. Jan. 25th, 3:00-4:00pm – ARTISTS TALK by SHANA KAPLOW and LAURA STACK on their paintings in the exhibit “SHIFT” at Track 29 Gallery. LOCATION: Track 29 Apartments, 2841 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis 55408. More info at



Laura Stack awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant

Laura Stack received a Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant for her “Anomaly” series of drawings. This will help fund her 2016 Rosalux art exhibit.

Image: Anomaly #13,   ink, graphite on watercolor paper,  60″ x 40″

Anomaly 13 by Laura Stack


Anomaly 13 Detail by Laura Stack


I Need To Be Somewhere : David Malcolm Scott and Daniel Buettner


Exhibit Dates: January 3rd-31st, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10th, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun 12-4

I Need To Be Somewhere is an exhibition on the subjects of location and context, and the meaning objects hold in the environment of which they exist by artists David Malcolm Scott and Daniel Buettner. The concept of environment is examined from two different approaches. Scott’s work is an ode to architectural form, and how effective structures harmonize with the surrounding landscape. Buettner places photo-realistically painted everyday objects against curious backgrounds to create new meaning for both.

Long and horizontal in nature, artist David Malcolm Scott’s watercolor scrolls tell visual stories of the American landscape. He uses watercolor, pencil, ink, photos, maps, etc. to weave visual stories of a place, idea or issue. Often highly detailed, the paper scrolls draw on his architectural training to present a coherent beauty, layered with history and meaning. His acrylic works use line, form, solid & void, and color to explore the qualities of architecture. They speak of ways in which built form is used to shape and frame our world.

Artist Daniel Buettner’s paintings show objects placed in contexts different from which they were originally intended to be in. The objects, often simple and otherwise not worthy of much thought, are painted in the finest of detail against photos of unlikely environments collaged into the backgrounds. The “new” setting invites the viewer to construct meaning the same way a child might when presented with a situation that, from the adult perspective is either obvious, or rhetorical, or both.

David Malcolm Scott: "Sky Door" 12x12, acrylic and ink on canvas

David Malcolm Scott: “Sky Door” 12×12, acrylic and ink on canvas

Daniel Buettner: "The Patriot.The Traitor." 12x16 acrylic and collage on mat board

Daniel Buettner: “The Patriot.The Traitor.” 12×16 acrylic and collage on mat board


Tara Costello, John Diebel, Shawn McNulty, Terrence Payne, Elaine Ruherford, David Malcolm Scott show artwork at SooLocal’s Artists Holiday Shop.

SooLocal’s Artists Holiday Shop features artwork by Rosalux artists; Tara Costello, John Diebel, Shawn McNulty, Terrence Payne, Elaine Rutherford, David Malcolm Scott.
Show Runs: December 6 – December 21
Location: 3506 Nicollet Avenue, Mpls.
Hours and info at
IMAGES: Painted pendant by Elaine Rutherford, painting by Tara Costello.

Elaine Rutherford















Tara Costello



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