Past Exhibits

Aaron Sault Jewelry WorkJewelry Artist Aaron Sault

Sault creates industrially refined, yet organic, jewelry that highlights the beauty of fur, bone, leather, wood, glass, and wool. At the heart of his work are the combination of sculpture and function and the contrast of metals against natural, non-metal textures. He says he seeks to honor the relationship between the organic and the refined through textural opposites.

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Skyler Ross and Jessica Spear

Spear’s fantastic use of color sprung from an experience in eighth grade. She explains, “the first time I saw ‘Green Marilyn’ [by Andy Warhol], I was hooked on that green or shades of green.” She says she also enjoys using variations of purple, since purple is “the color of perfect spirituality and creativity.”

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Watercolors by Chris Wirtanen

Chris Wirtanen says his watercolors reflect the many moods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His impressions of the rugged landscape and stark beauty of his familiar haunts are difficult to categorize, and he shuns the idea of developing a ‘style.’ He describes his paintings as a reaction to the moment.

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A Group Exhibit of Work by Three Student-Artists

Each exhibitor has used an assortment of techniques and styles to express their imaginative points of view,” says Reflection Gallery director sophomore Rachel Reidenga (Wetmore, Mich.). “All three artists demonstrate their own unique talent in each piece they have made.”

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Chardin and Lord: Selected Works

Carrice Chardin and Erica Lord have much in common: both have ties to Finlandia University and the Copper Country, both left the area to continue their educations, both have exhibited nationally and internationally, and both have recently returned to reside in the Copper Country.

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Shirts and Skins by Margaret Parker’s

Parker’s primary installation medium is the t-shirt, which she cuts, then weaves, to create her installation piece, Morin says. In her installations, Parker explores contemporary issues while also seeking to illustrate connections between ‘the personal and political, the historic and the spiritual.

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Look Both Ways by Phyllis Frendendall

“Look Both Ways…New and Used Works” is a retrospective exhibit of Fredendall’s work that highlights the many ideas and memories that appear in her work.

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Sumi e-paintings by Alison Starr

Starr uses the ancient techniques and tools of China to create contemporary pieces of art work. Her paintings are steeped with her love of nature, both in the Chinese brush paintings created in her studio and her watercolor impressions painted on location.

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Ceramics by Derik Spoon

Before he studied art, Spoon worked as a bicycle mechanic, a job in which he needed to determine what worked and what didn’t. To do this, he learned to disassemble objects and diagnose problems through evaluation of those individual bicycle components. Now he now applies those skills to his art.

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Call for Entries: Tell Me a Story

An exhibit of creative interpretations of what a story is or can be.

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Imagineer Maggie Parr

A former Walt Disney “Imagineer,” Maggie Parr has created artwork and designs for themed environments around the world. Her work is featured in Disney Art Galleries at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, on Disney Cruise Lines ships, and included in the DreamWorks Fine Arts Animation online gallery. Some of her most famous “Imagineer” pieces are parodies of classical portraits.

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But By This Path by Joshua Jaehnig

The book is based on stories that Jaehnig’s grandfathers shared with Jaehnig when he was a child. As his grandfathers aged, then passed away, Jaehnig began to appreciate the significance of their stories. He began to re-interpret them, breathing into the stories new life and creating an in-depth recollection of a time-gone-by.

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Art With a Repurpose

All Finlandia University students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate by making and submitting art using repurposed materials in a creative way. With this exhibit, the Reflection Gallery wants to encourage students and others to see purpose in previously discarded products.

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