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



Rosalux members, Ute Bertog, Melissa Loop, Tara Costello, Valerie Jenkins are in Midway’s 7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally on Dec. 13th.

Rosalux members, Ute Bertog, Melissa Loop, Tara Costello, Valerie Jenkins are in Midway Contemporary Art’s “7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally”. Watch over 80 artists draw and purchase a small piece for $35 to benefit Midway.
Saturday, December 13th, 6 –10pm
Location of Drawing Rally:  Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE in Minneapolis
More info at



Elaine Rutherford talks “Phantasmagoria” in Citypages

Elaine Rutherford, About Time

It’s been over 20 years since Elaine Rutherford moved away from her homeland, but Scotland’s rich landscapes remain a continuing presence in her art. This Saturday, Rutherford will be showing a new body of work that includes paintings and mixed media stemming from photographs she’s taken on her yearly trips back home. She’ll be using the pieces to explore ideas of migration and movement. Rutherford will be showing alongside Amelia Biewald, who also draws inspiration from landscapes and in-between spaces.

Elaine Rutherford, Mending Fences
Rutherford moved to New Mexico in 1992 for graduate school, and settled in Minnesota four years later, as she was attracted to the large support network of artists here. It was also easy to find jobs and a place to stay.
Despite having lived in the U.S. for longer than she lived in Scotland (which she says is astonishing and frightening), Rutherford continues to go back home each year.”The longer I’m away, the more important it is to re-establish a presence in my homeland,” she says. She’s even organizing an exchange with a group of artists, which will result in a show featuring Scottish artists here and a roster of Rosalux artists exhibiting in Scotland.

“[My of work is] rooted in thinking about place and belonging and ideas of home,” she says. When she’s in Scotland, she photographs bodies of water, fields, and rock formations.Lately, she has been intrigued by migration. “I’m an immigrant, so I’m interested in what kinds of impact movement of people have on landscapes,” she says. Fences, walls, or marks that are left when people leave — such as railroad tracks, planes in the sky, and wakes behind a boat — have all become starting points for her investigations.

For the show that opens on Saturday, Rutherford also picks up on a theme that she’s previously worked with, which involves incorporating two- and three-dimensional space simultaneously. In the exhibition, she’ll have small paintings on panels. Inside the frames she shelves miniature sculptures made out of beeswax or wire, in addition to found objects.
Working from photographs, Rutherford stretches time by extracting elements and experiences, exploring them three-dimensionally. The miniaturized sculptures are “a way of thinking about what’s real and what’s pretend,” she says.
On the surface, Rutherford says that her work and that of Amelia Biewald, who’s also featured in the show, are quite different. However, both artists are taking on conceptual ideas that are often rooted in landscape. Where Biewald’s work looks at the “psychological space between the domestic and the wild,” Rutherford similarly mines the liminal spaces of scale and points of departure.
- Sheila Regan

Rosalux artist Michael Sweere creates artwork for new Park Nicollet clinic

Rosalux artist Michael Sweere recently created a custom mosaic for Park Nicollet’s new Melrose Clinic in St. Paul, MN. The mosaic art entitled “Summer Cabin” is constructed entirely from broken dishware, glass and tile. It was installed in the waiting area of the clinic and will greet patients as they enter the facility. To see more of Michael Sweere’s mosaics and collages visit:

Artwork Image: “Summer Cabin”
Broken dishware, glass, ceramic and porcelain tile
28″ x 28″



Life Pod – John Diebel & Nick Howard

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Rosalux Gallery is proud to present “Life Pod” in November, featuring new work by John Diebel and Nick Howard.

Exhibit Dates: November 8th- 30th
Opening Reception: November 8th, 7-10pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren Street NE,Minneapolis MN 55413

“Life Pod” explores themes of change, chaos and our collective desire to flee what seems like impending doom through Diebel’s precise geometric collage and photomontage and Howard’s dark and humorous psychologically charged drawings.

Join the artists for a reception on November 8th from 7-10pm. The show will run until November 30th.

The cut-paper collage work of John Diebel explores the effects of fear of violence and anxiety about ecological collapse on our outlook for the future. His newest works limn the Utopian art movements of the early 20th Century, contrasting the imagined structures of a positive human future with unnerving Dystopian scenes. Some images are metaphors, others are more literal imaginings of how Utopian structures can be turned into dystopian vehicles for abetting the very forces they were designed to abolish. Diebel explores aspects of the conflict between idealized and actual human behavior in the face of global ecological collapse, wars for natural resources, terrorism, and increasing stratification of human society. He collages intricately engineered cut-paper configurations upon found imagery and digital photomontages. The resulting works raise questions about the viability of humankind to overcome self-interest and whether it is possible to reclaim Utopian ideals in the face of wide-spread Dystopian thinking in the current culture.

Nick Howard’s new series of drawings are reflections on the visceral aliveness of the relationship between uncertainty and control. Howard’s tightly rendered black and white illustrations begin a process of conscious dissembling through the use of charcoal, gouache, colored pencil, and cut paper. His configurations of masked figures and furry tubes are sometimes destroyed and take on the appearance of piles of burnt rubble, or they spring into life as rays of bright color shine through surface apertures. These drawings look at both the playfulness and the anxiety of our human struggle for control while living constantly on the edge of change.

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

John Diebel "Exo-planeary Surveillance Platform"

John Diebel “Exo-planeary Surveillance Platform”


Nick Howard "Teeth"

Nick Howard “Teeth”


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