Read “Local Artist Interviews” with Kaplow and Krinke

Thanks to Mike McGraw of “Local Artist Interviews” for reaching out to Rosalux for conversations with Shana and Rebecca. Mike’s blog is a great resource for Minnesota artists, curators, gallery goers and others to learn more about artists’ work and process. There are interviews dating from 2001 and include fellow Rosaluxers Terrance Payne, Shawn McNulty, Amelia Biewald, Dan Buettner, and Jack Dale. See

Shana Kaplow – Painter and Video Artist

Particulates, 2015, ink on paper in 300 parts, 16’ x 20’
Shana Kaplow
For the full interview with Shana, see

Rebecca Krinke – Scuplture-Installation

















Dream Window (bed sculpture), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission,June 13, 2015 Rebecca Krinke

For the full interview with Rebecca, see:




L’etoile previews Kaplow/Krinke show

Thanks l’etoile for the great preview of the upcoming August show.










“This Sunday, artists Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke will join forces to explore the psychology of domestic objects at Rosalux Gallery. Kaplow, who just showed her work at the MIA, will be presenting a new collection of ink on paper paintings that examine the meaning and impact of everyday objects. Krinke, fresh off a Northern Sparks commission, will present a new bed sculpture that might very well give you nightmares (pictured in progress, above). This exhibition promises to be moody and complex, and odds are that after experiencing these works, you’ll never view your home quite the same.” – Beth Hammarlund




Nastinctive: Jack Dale and Michael Sweere


Dates: July 5-26
Opening Reception: Saturday July 11th, 7-10pm
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4pm

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce the opening of “Nastinctive” a portmanteau of nature and instinct.

The natural instinctive process with which Jack Dale creates his layered acrylic paintings merges with the animals in nature that Mike Sweere builds with his stunning recycled tin collages.

The circus is in town with Michael Sweere’s newest installation at Rosalux Gallery. His 100% free range “Old-Time Tin Emporium” features exotic animal portraits created from recycled tin. Lemurs, lizards, badgers and birds – animal lovers of all ages will enjoy this colorful and curious exhibition.  For more information contact the artist at:, or visit

Jack Dale began his 44 year art career as a landscape painter. Gradually his work became more expressive. Taking liberties with color and shape, Dale’s paintings began to explore abstraction and by 2007 he was working fully as an abstract expressionist. With the body of paintings in this show, Dale pursues the work in a natural and instinctive way to create 16 loose acrylic paintings of what he calls psychotic expression.

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













Michael Sweere “Spider Monkey” 20×20 inches- tin and nail collage on plywood


Jack Dale “Start of Something” 12×9 acrylic on paper


Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke: the August Rosalux exhibition

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to announce Low Lying Area, an exhibition of new work by Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke featuring a large-scale sculptural work by Rebecca and a suite of ink on paper paintings by Shana. The exhibition brings together the artists’ shared interest in the psychologies and complexities of domestic objects and spaces.

Fresh off her exhibition at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Shana Kaplow presents a new series of ink paintings that continue to explore everyday objects by using varying degrees of realism and abstraction. Kaplow’s work moves freely between nearly photographic images and the dissolved materiality that occurs when the ‘object’ in the image is removed. She asks, “What unseen residues are woven into our daily surroundings?” Through her articulated and improvisational riffs on chairs, light bulbs, dining room tables, and their shadows, she questions the nature of these structures and our relationship to them and thus to each other. Daily objects carry our stories into and out of our place in the world. Embedded in her work are challenging implications that link our personal lives to larger global and industrial conditions of production and consumption, of presence and absence. The household items in Kaplow’s work resonate not only because of their concrete depiction but also through their dissolution. The works touch on what is sensed more than what is seen as she infuses her images with personal narratives and ineffable qualities that emerge as she paints. Art critic Christina Schmid writes about Kaplow’s work, “At once restrained and gestural, Kaplow’s visual language is at home in the interrogative. Invisible lines between intimate and public spaces shimmer in and out of focus in her work, hinting at the web of social interactions centered on deceptively ordinary objects.”

Rebecca Krinke’s exhibition comes on the heels of her June 2015 Northern Spark commissioned project – Dream Window – a surreal 4-poster bed suspended high in the girders of Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard. Translucent layers of bedding illuminated from within – with hints of black feathers and straw – created a place and object of wonder (with a dash of terror). On the ground below, Krinke invited Northern Spark goers to contribute a dream (or nightmare) for a collective “dream book” that she and her team sewed together through the night. Almost 500 dreams were collected and they may have a surprise appearance in this Rosalux Gallery exhibition. Krinke’s new bed sculpture (her 4th) will use many of the same materials as Dream Window, and will intensify the sensation that a bed can become a room, even a separate world. Her bed sculptures explore emotional and psychological qualities/potentials of place, object, and encounter. This work and her larger practice is both highly personal and collective – as it asks questions about what is private and what is public, what is spoken or unspoken, seen or unseen.

About the artists:

Shana Kaplow lives and works in St. Paul and holds an MFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, at venues including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The TEDA Museum of Contemporary Art (Tianjin, China), The Asheville Museum of Art (NC), The Plains Art Museum (ND), 55 Mercer Gallery (NY), Franklin Art Works (MN), The Weinstein Gallery (MN), and Thomas Barry Fine Arts (MN). Her video work has been screened at The Walker Art Center, and the Austro-Sino Arts Program in Beijing, China. She has received several grants and fellowships for her work including the MN State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant for Painters and Sculptors, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the Arts Midwest/NEA fellowship. She was recently an artist in residence at The Vermont Studio Center, and The Red Gate International Art Residency in Beijing, China. She will be one of the exhibiting artists in Superusted: The Midwest Biennial, at The Soap Factory in September 2015. Shana is Professor in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Rebecca Krinke has an MFA in sculpture from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Her practice works across sculpture, interior installations, public art, site works, and social practice. She has exhibited her work indoors in gallery settings (including BV Gallery, Bristol, England, Black Box Theatre Gallery, Galway, Ireland, Experiential Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA) and outdoors (including Franconia Sculpture Park and Silverwood Park). Krinke often creates temporary, participatory projects, such as her Black Box Camera Obscura, Northrop Plaza, U of MN, What Needs to Be Said? installed in a vacant storefront in St. Paul and the Nash Gallery in Minneapolis, Flood Stories, commissioned by the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, and Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She recently completed a commission for the public art program in Sacramento, CA, called Augmented Broadway, an augmented reality project that explored a key street in that city.

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(above) Shana Kaplow, Present Company, 2015, ink on paper, 55” x 84”

(below) Rebecca Krinke, Dream Window, part 2 (work in progress), 2015




















Review of “The Cut of Your Jib” Scottish Society of Artists on

Thanks to Rosalux artist ELAINE RUTHERFORD for organizing the recent Rosalux exhibit ,”The Cut of Your Jib: Scottish Society of Artists”. Read a review of the show by Vanessa Ardolino on

Elaine Rutherford

Elaine Rutherford



Melissa Loop: Outside Looking In – Ute Bertog: Reading the Story

Rosalux Gallery 

Melissa Loop: Outside Looking In
Ute Bertog: Reading the Story 

June 6-June 28, 2015
Opening reception June 6th, 6-10 pm

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Melissa Loop and Ute Bertog. Loop’s landscape paintings combine misrepresentations, dreams, and nostalgia of the South Seas through the lens of an outsider. In ‘Reading the story’ Bertog explores the remarkable human ability to craft stories and meaning out of the smallest bits and pieces. This will mark Bertog’s first show at the gallery. Join the artists for a reception on June 6th from 6-10pm. The show will run until June 28th.

For more information about the artists

Ute Bertog’s work is an exploration of communication and its many moments of failure. Refusing to see these as purely negative, Bertog uses those moments in a more generative way to create opportunities for meaning to slip into various guises, ready to be negotiated. Her process starts out with reading and extracting words out of pre-existing print material, which are then transferred into paint and further revised until the ability to read is either severely undermined or completely taken away. This is where imagination and play come in and readily fill in any gaps, offering the chance to reinterpret original content. 


Melissa Loop uses the guise of romantic landscape painting to explore an assumed idea of place. After immersing herself in the French Polynesia for five weeks, Loop was able to carve out an understanding of place beyond a postcard. The use of Loop’s fragmented, self critical, and nostalgic ideas of the French Polynesia confront the fantasy and reality of the exotic and the ways in which tourism and cultural stereotypes are shaping cultural preservation and identity of this faraway place. 


For more information, please contact


Valerie Jenkins in New American Paintings Group Exhibit at Elmhurst Art Museum

Valerie Jenkins’ paintings are included in a group exhibit at Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois.
New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by Elmhurst Art Museum Chief Curator, Staci Boris.

duck,duck.....  oil, digital print, on aluminum 24" x 24" 2014

oil, digital print, on aluminum
24″ x 24″


Interview with Valerie Jenkins on MN Original

Watch the video interview highlighting painter and drawer Valerie Jenkins on MN Original.

Painter and drawer Valerie Jenkins finds endless inspiration in the small greenhouse on the side of her home. After horticulture proved to be difficult for her, Jenkins started filling the space with clear glass objects instead. The changing light and blurring of interior-exterior boundaries led Val to explore similar themes in her abstract art work.  See more of Val’s work on her website




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