A Successful Art Opening for ReFrame Minnesota: Art Beyond a Single Story!

Visitors check out art K-12 students have created as options for new art in the Minnesota State Capitol.
Visitors at Two Rivers Gallery check out art K-12 students have created as options for new art in the Minnesota State Capitol. It was part of the opening of “ReFrame Minnesota: Art Beyond a Single Story.”

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin, and Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 East Franklin, had an immensely successful art opening on Friday for their new joint exhibit: ReFrame Minnesota: Art Beyond a Single Story. I’d guess there were at least 100 guests. Thank you to everyone who came. Thank you especially to Taylor Payer, assistant curator at All My Relations Gallery, and Maggie Thompson at Two Rivers Gallery who invited Healing Minnesota Stories to Participate..

All My Relations features work by professional artists and Two Rivers Gallery has student art that is part of Healing Minnesota Stories traveling art exhibit. Both galleries offer an alternative narrative to the current stories of Manifest Destiny told by the historic art in the Minnesota State Capitol. It is important for lawmakers to have a counter narrative in the art they see every day.

Taylor Payer checking out the art.
Taylor Payer checking out the art.

Consider the top painting in the photo to the right. It shows a tree with beautiful lilac-colored leaves flying off in the wind. It is the work of Pahoua Lee, an eighth-grade student at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul. Here is her artist statement:

This painting represents you and your fear. You are the tree and your fears are the leaves. You have to let your fears go. If you keep holding them, you might not learn anything. Keeping your fears are worse than letting them go. When you let your fears go you would feel more FREE, you won’t have to fear anything.

Now that would be a powerful painting and statement to hang in the Capitol!

If you missed the opening, there is still plenty of time to visit.  The hours at All My Relations Gallery are: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (While you are there, get a hot cup of coffee from Pow Wow Grounds Coffee, which shares the building with the gallery.) The hours at Two Rivers Gallery are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both galleries are free and open to the public.

For more pictures from the opening, click here. For more on the controversy surrounding art in the Minnesota State Capitol, see Healing Minnesota Stories webpage and blog.

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