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'Northern Waters' exhibit on display at Crossing Arts in Brainerd

Art by Lindsey Personius and Calihan Yliniemi shows Minnesota scenery

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Calihan Yliniemi will be showing art at Northern Waters, an art exhibit on display at Crossing Arts Alliance starting August 6. Contributed Photo / August 2021

Crossing Arts presents "Northern Waters," artwork by Lindsey Personius and Calihan Yliniemi.

This exhibition encompasses the beauty and abundant scenery and wildlife that Minnesota holds through a collaboration of paintings by Yliniemi and pottery by Personius. Inspired by lake horizons, sunrises and sunsets, and reflections on the water, each of the mediums on display portrays fond memories of growing up on and around lakes in Minnesota, spending time with loved ones and enjoying the sweet sounds of nature.

Personius is a part-time artist who lives in Pillager and enjoys crafting functional, handmade pottery and paintings from her home studio. She studied art education with a focus on ceramics at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, where she handbuilt large, abstract sculptures.

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Lindsey Personius will be showing her pottery at Northern Waters, an art exhibit on display at Crossing Arts Alliance starting August 6. Contributed Photo / August 2021

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After college, she moved west to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she continued her ceramics education at the University of Idaho. There she specialized in throwing functional pottery.

Personius' work is inspired by life in Minnesota and all things on, in and around the lakes. She primarily does wheel-thrown ceramics, with stoneware clay in a traditional and minimal style. Altering the surface of her pieces, she strives to echo the dichotomy between natural and man-made environments.

Yliniemi is a Minnesota-based artist, currently living in Minneapolis. She found her true passion for art, especially in drawing and painting, in college. A drawing professor motivated her love for drawing organic shapes and subjects in nature. At the College of St. Benedict, she expanded on her passion for and skills in painting.

As an art educator, she strives to share her love and joy for creating art with students of all ages.

Yliniemi's work is inspired by the beauty found in nature, as she continues to paint and draw landscape scenes. The majority of art she creates encompasses the vivid colors of the subject matter and the joy it evokes, whether it be landscapes, people or objects. Intrigued by artists who stay true to their own style, she is inspired to create art that is a reflection of herself as well.

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Calihan Yliniemi will be showing art at Northern Waters, an art exhibit on display at Crossing Arts Alliance starting August 6. Contributed Photo / August 2021

This exhibition will be on display in the Crossing Arts gallery through Sept. 4. An artist talk will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, followed by a closing reception on the same day from 12:30-2 p.m. Free will offerings are welcome at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

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This exhibition is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Crossing Arts Alliance is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org , or visit crossingarts.org . Crossing Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in downtown Brainerd at 711 Laurel St.

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Lindsey Personius will be showing her pottery at Northern Waters, an art exhibit on display at Crossing Arts Alliance starting August 6. Contributed Photo / August 2021

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