Feral Fables Opens October 7th Featuring New Works From Areca Roe & Terrence Payne

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce it’s newest exhibition, Feral Fables: O Pioneer & Family Fremds, featuring new work from artists Areca Roe and Terrence Payne. Feral Fables,  featuring new work from artists Areca Roe and Terrence Payne,  looks at the careless consequences of political and natural disasters, which echo loudly with each new inevitable iteration. Roe’s O Pioneer hearkens back to the style of photographs of the Western landscape from the late 1800s  documenting a new world of disasters and possibilities and reinterprets these notions through a modern lens. Paynes’s Family Fremds takes a hard look at how misrepresentations of faith have been used to tear apart traditional bonds of trust and fellowship over and again throughout history.  Rosalux will host a special artists reception on Saturday, October 7th from 7-10 PM which is free and open to the public.



Passenger Pigeons, archival digital print, 2017 Areca Roe


Areca Roe’s O Pioneer series, consisting of large-scale photographs of miniature landscapes, references the work of landscape photographers of the 1800s in a tongue-in-cheek manner. These photographers surveyed the West in North America and brought back stunning imagery of splendor and bounty, but also helped propel the destructive  narrative of Manifest Destiny. The miniature fur-lined landscapes in Areca’s photos are in some ways as otherworldly and foreign as those brought back by the surveying photographers—images of strange rock formations, geysers, pristine waterfalls, and wide open plains—with the fake fur referencing the lure of potential bounty as well as the resulting devastation.


Ram Kisses

Your Lies Melt On My Tongue Like Sugar, oil pastel on paper, 36″ x 36″


Terrence Payne’s new body of work, Family Fremds, regards the hysteria of a community whose steady contentment has been riotously overturned by an upheaval of their faith.  Terrence uses the bruising physicality and aggravated playfulness of his large-scale oil pastel drawings to document the struggle between rational thought and irrational fears born of blindness as they swing to and fro on the pendulum of uncertainty.  He creates vibrant archetypical portraits using animals, costumed figures, and narratives to probe the value of faith and fellowship while maintaining a critical eye on those who would use a community’s convictions against them.   The humorous and empathetic allegories resulting from Payne’s creations may leave more questions than answers to his initial query, but will surely offer entertaining comforts for his audience nonetheless.




Tara Costello, John Gaunt, Shawn McNulty In ABSTRACT group show at Minnetonka Center for the Arts

Rosalux artists Tara Costello, John Gaunt, and Shawn McNulty are showing paintings in ABSTRACT, a group show at Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

Opening Preview: September 28th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Curators’ Talk and Tour: October 14th, 10:00-11:30 am.
Show Dates: Septemeber 29 – October 26
Location: Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

Abstract Flyer


Rosalux Artists receive MSAB Arts Initiative Grant

Roslaux artists Elaine Rutherford, Shannon Estlund, Betsy Alwin, and Melissa Loop received the 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant.  Congratulations!

Elaine Rutherford – mixed media painting

Shannon Estlund – painting and sculpture

Betsy Alwin –

Melissa Loop – painting

Elaine Rutherford









Shannon Estlund











Betsy Alwin









Melissa Loop


“Last Refuge” New Work by Eleanor McGough and a group show introducing three new Rosalux artists: Betsy Alwin, John Gaunt, Jim Hittinger

Our Show Image


The Let Down Reflex




Head to the MIA this Thursday, February 23rd from 7:30 – 8:30 for a thoughtful conversation about the complexities of parenting in the art world. Curator, scholar, and author Amber Berson will present her recent exhibition, “The Let Down Reflex.” A conversation with Shana Kaplow, MAEP panelist and Rosalux artist, will follow the presentation.

“The Let Down Reflex” attempts to recognize the complexities of parenting in the art world, and asks if a better alternative for families can exist. Calling out a slippage in today’s world, the curators summon a group of artist-parents to contribute to a springboard for re-imagining an art world where “Mom” is not a demeaning characterization, where childcare is factored in for participating artists at art spaces, and where artists aren’t forced to choose between home and work. The “let down reflex” references the involuntary reflex that causes nursing mothers to produce breast milk. The term takes on a double meaning in this exhibition, referring here to the reflexive tendency of letting down parents, and particularly mothers, within the flawed labor system of the art world.

Amber Berson is a writer, curator, and PhD student conducting doctoral research at Queen’s University on artist-run culture and feminist, utopian thinking.

Shana Kaplow is a visual artist living and working in St. Paul. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries, including Mia, the TEDA Museum of Contemporary Art (Tianjin, China), the Asheville Museum of Art (N.C.), the Plains Art Museum (N.D.), and the Soap Factory (MN). She is a professor of painting and drawing at St. Cloud State University and an MAEP panelist.

This program is brought to you by the Department of Art, St Cloud State University’s Visiting Artists and Scholars program and Mia’s Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP).

Shanas Mia Program


Rosalux Announces The Return of Our Annual Open Call Exhibition This December

Open Door Twelve












Hazel, Archival digital pigment print, 22.5″ x 30″, ed 7, 2014 R.J. Kern


Rosalux gallery is proud to announce the opening of it’s twelfth annual Open Door exhibition coming to the gallery this December.  Open Door is the one time of year when Rosalux opens its doors to artists outside of the collective in the form of an open call to bring inside what is happening outside of the gallery doors and give them an opportunity to share their work with our audience.  Open Door Twelve will feature work form artists Nicolas Darcourt, Justine Di Fiore, Mary Gibney, Monica Howell, R.J. Kern, Daniel McCarthy- Clifford, Karen Peters, Montana Picard, Erika Ritzel, Nick Rivers, Adam White, and Jake Zirbes.  This year’s call was jurored by artist and curator Andrea Carlson who had this to say about the selections she made for this years open door exhibition,

“This years Open Door was narrowed by the unified, curated theme of tactility. There is an immediacy of associating a surface with similar things one has touched. When I see the texture of an object, there is a known, lived experience. Looking past the glossy screen of a minimalist surface, glancing at my minimalist phone, I’m more tortured by the texture, complexity of surface, materiality that I can’t reach—the desire to break a snow globe to free the figurines. The artists in this exhibition are communicating experiences or theory sympathetic though texture and materiality. That being said, follow my mother’s warning and, “touch with your eyes.”

















Atmosphere Unit,  8″ x 10″, oil paint, acrylic paint, oil pastel on canvas, 2016 Jake Zirbes

Opening Reception: Saturday December 10th,  7 to 10 PM
Exhibition Dates: December 3rd – 31st
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12 – 4 PM




& More!">Rosalux Artist Terrence Payne Talks With The Jealous Curator About His Show Drift, Celebrity Close Encounters, Snakes & More!

Terrence sat down this past week to do an interview with the Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa, for her podcast, Art For Your Ear.  They covered a broad range of topics over their hour long conversation which should entertain and educate you to what makes  this Rosalux artist and founder tick.  Follow the link to listen to the podcast as well as the accompanying article on Danielle’s blog The Jealous Curator, or read the full article below:

Pastels, Perfection & Prince


Prince, snake soup, drawing for nuns, and a handful of bleeps… yep, he does amazing things with oil pastels, and tells some pretty hilarious stories! I met Terrence Payne in 2012 when I was in Minneapolis for Girl Crush. Jennifer Davis was my co-host for that workshop, and it was held at SooVAC, a gorgeous gallery run by an amazing woman named Carolyn Payne… who happens to be Terrance’s wife! A small little world filled with talented, artsy people. Anywho, I got the chance to see Terrence “coloring” on some reallllly big pieces of paper while I was there, and I was an instant fan! Ok, let’s go look… you can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, his ornate yet ‘no one in particular’ figure pieces:


Ah! Those patterns, that detail, the color… how is that oil pastel!?

Next, TEXT. Oh, I love Terrence’s text pieces very, very, very much:


BOOM, indeed. Again… oil pastel?!

Oh, and here are the big beautiful bears we were talking about. I saw Terrence “coloring” this one in person when I was in Minneapolis way back in 2012, and it has to be one of my favorites:


I wish I could show you the scale (it’s 66″x 66″) because this does not do this piece justice.

Up next we were talking about “Drift”,  his two-man show with John Diebel. It’s showing at Rosalux Gallery right this very minute:


Gor. Ge. Ous. And then of course, there’s the snake ball that led us off on quite the crazy tangent. Here it is in progress, and finished:


Beautiful… but also, ew. I really hate snakes.

And finally, Terrence’s loyal studio mates:


Aw! I’d want to be home hanging out with them too! Thanks to Terrence “Cabbage Patch” Payne for taking the time to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: And as always… thank YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.


Rosalux Announces Open Call For It’s Twelfth Annual Open Door Exhibition

Open Door 12 Large

OPEN DOOR TWELVE (December 3rd – 31st, 2016)

Rosalux Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) announces a national call for entries for it’s 12th annual Open Door juried group exhibition.  Open to all US residents working in any 2D/ 3D media and video. Only works completed within the past two years are eligible.


Rosalux is a cooperative art gallery that was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002. The gallery is home to twenty artists whose work is well known both nationally and internationally, featured in various major collections, and who have individually received numerous prestigious awards and grant recognitions.  The gallery is located in the Van Buren Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.  Open Door is an exciting opportunity for non-member artists to showcase their work in the gallery.  Typically, this exhibition is reviewed and receives extensive press coverage.


JUROR: Andrea Carlson (b. 1979) is a visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois.

Since graduating with an MFA in 2005 from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Carlson has maintained an active exhibition record. Her work has shown at the Soo Visual Art Center (2006), Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2007), October Gallery, London (2007), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian at the George Gustav Heye Center, New York (2009), The Venice Biennale, Venice (2009), The Power Plant, Toronto, the Plains Art Museum, Fargo (2011), Plug-In Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg (2014) among other venues.

Her work has gained critical attention for it’s rigorous draftsmanship and cultural commentary and is featured in the collections of the British Museum, the Tweed Art Museum, National Gallery of Canada and the Weisman Art Museum.  In 2011 Carlson curated an exhibition titled Hidden Fortress at the Haas Art Center at UW-Eau Clare, and in 2012 curated “Sequence Now!” at the Soo Visual Arts Center and the Canadian collective Blind Squab titled “ELEVATOR” at Tweed Art Museum, Duluth, MN.



Submission Deadline        October 31st @ midnight

Artists Notification          November 7th

Deadline for Receipt of Work for Exhibition

Shipped November 27th  // Hand Delivered November 27th

Opening Reception          December 10th

Work Returned                 January 5th

Exhibition opens December 3rd and closes December 31st.  An opening reception will be held Saturday December 10th from 7pm – 10pm. All artists and their guests are welcome.



Entries must be submitted online no later than midnight Oct 31st, 2016.  Late applications will not be considered. Please submit all materials via

Required Application Materials:  (all below written materials should be in Word or PDF format)

  • Artist Statement, brief (no more than 1 page)
  • Resume, (no more than 1 page)
  • Three images of works completed within the past two years.  Save images as JPEG files, 72dpi in size, longest dimension less than 2000 pixels.
  • $35 entry fee.



If your work is accepted, shipped work must arrive at Rosalux Gallery no later than 4pm,  November 27th, 2015. Hand delivered work can be dropped off November 26th & 27th  from noon till 4pm.  Accepted work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner. 
Artists are responsible for shipping costs both ways with the return shipping paid for ahead of time. Pack securely. No use of Styrofoam packing pellets (bubble wrap acceptable). No glass on framing of wall-based work, plexiglass only. Work that arrives at gallery damaged will be returned un-displayed. Rosalux Gallery is not responsible for work damaged in transit.
 Unsold work will be packed by Rosalux Gallery in the shipping containers they arrived in, and returned promptly to the artists in early January of 2016.
 Pick-up of work is  January 1st, 2017 from Noon till 4pm.  Rosalux Gallery will not store work past the pick-up time.
 Ship work to:
Rosalux Gallery 1400 Van Buren Street NE #195 Minneapolis, MN 55413



Work does not have to be for sale.  Sale prices are determined by the artist.  65% of sale price goes to artist, 35% to Rosalux Gallery. All work must be the property of the artist in order to be available for sale.



Rosalux Gallery does not provide insurance for any piece during the Open Door show though great care will be taken in handling your work. Rosalux Gallery recommends the work be insured during shipping, as the artist bears the full responsibility for loss and damage to art while in transit. Rosalux Gallery retains the right to decide which work is included in exhibition.



By entering the competition, selected artists grant Rosalux Gallery rights to use the selected image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web site for promotional purposes only.



Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than November 7th, 2015.



Any questions, email

Open Door Previous Exhibitions:









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& Terrence Payne">Catch The DRIFT On Saturday October 15th With John Diebel & Terrence Payne

Join artists John Diebel and Terrence Payne On Saturday, October 15th from 7 – 11 PM to celebrate their newest exhibition Drift.  This exhibition will be on display at Rosalux October 1st through October 30th.

  Drift,  featuring new work from artists John Diebel and Terrence Payne, presents allegories based on the demagoguery and angst resulting from the woes of an uncertain future. Diebel’s abstracted cut paper collages take the temperature of our current political and social climate while Payne’s drawings examine the fears and anxieties which lay quietly beneath the surface.  While not directly confronting the actors at the center of the melodramatic struggles that will determine our national fate, Drift pursues the underlying motivations and fears that have made this uncomfortably familiar drama repeat itself once again.

Xenophilia Grosz 300dpi

Maidan cut paper & acrylic on archival substrate, 2016 John Diebel

 John Diebel creates abstract geometric metaphors through his use of cut paper collage and relief techniques . Using a stark graphic style evocative of Brutalist architecture intermingled with vaguely identifiable logotypes, Diebel proposes that the building blocks of Fascism have been deployed throughout our global society, and that they are now becoming synergistic through the dark alchemy of political demagoguery and corporate control.  His compositions create allegories of the illusions we may hold about the substance and stability of our world in an age of  mass surveillance, militarized police, a vast prison-industrial complex, reactionary nationalism, and the persistence of institutionalized racism.

Who Put The Bee In Your Bou

Who Put The Bee In Your Bouquet?   oil pastel on paper, 2016 Terrence Payne

Terrence Payne taps into the unsettling paranoia wafting about the zeitgeist resulting in the feeling that life is a rigged game. He lunges straight at the source of this anxiety identified simply with the question of, “Why?”  Terrence uses the aggravated playfulness of his large-scale oil pastel drawings to document the eternal struggle of determinism vs. fate in humankind’s never ending pursuit of the answer to this nagging question.  He creates archetypical portraits using pattern, narrative, animals, and costumed figures to tackle the illusions of chance while rendering suspect the arrogance of determinism. The humorous and empathetic allegories resulting from Payne’s creations may leave more questions than answers to his initial query, but will surely offer entertaining comforts for his audience nonetheless.


Ute Bertog: Still the Night / Betsy Ruth Byers: Freeze & Thaw

Ute Bertog: Still the Night
Betsy Ruth Byers: Freeze & Thaw 

Public Reception: Saturday August 27th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: August 6th – 28th

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 4 pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Ute Bertog

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minnesota artists Ute Bertog and Betsy Ruth Byers. In Still the Night Bertog continues to explore language and communication through paintings, print media and sound. Whereas previous work was born out of the process of reading, this new body of work is conceptualized as an exercise in listening. In Freeze & Thaw  Betsy Ruth Byers employs abstract painting as a means to examine the complex relationship between our bodies and transient landscapes.

By re-contextualizing chance encounters, found materials and ready-made language, Ute Bertog introduces open spaces into the viewing and reading experience that expand preconceived notions about things. The goal is to generate a welcoming atmosphere where imagination and speculation is allowed to flourish. In this regard Bertog uses the inherent latency of abstraction in her paintings to full effect. Starting out with a single letter, words or sentences she soon challenges given shapes and meanings until the legibility is either severely undermined or completely taken away and new understandings emerge.
Ute Bertog

In her studio, Betsy Ruth Byers revels in the space between uncertainty and understanding. For Byers, painting is a corporeal activity that enables both discovery and imagination. Her work explores the slippage between real and fabricated landscapes; formation and deconstruction, and objective and subjective knowledge. Led by sensual experiences of the landscape, Byers seeks to interweave the psychological space and materiality of paint on each canvas.  Betsy Ruth Byers
Rosalux is free and open to the public.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-4pm

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Betsy Ruth Byers


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