Nourished Artists = Nourished Community
Your Whole Foods Co-op is proud to support the Twin Ports’ art community. We believe that having a beautiful as well as functional building meets our ENDS Statement in being part of “a healthy community.”
Each month, a local artist’s work is featured in the seating areas at both the Hillside and Denfeld stores. To date, the work of over 350 local artists have been displayed and admired by Co-op customers and staff.
Featured this month in the Denfeld Brewer Ridge Overlook exhibit space:
Watercolor and Ink Paintings by Anni Friesen
In Anni’s Words:
The thing I love most about painting is being able to focus on the beauty of the details. Studying objects so intently and curiously reminds me of childhood: every rock becomes precious, every pinecone fascinating, and every creek a promise of adventure. In this often chaotic world, paying attention to beauty in my day-to-day helps to calm and center me. I hope you’ll feel some of that as you look at my paintings.
Featured this month in the Hillside Boundary Creek Overlook exhibit space:
Watercolor and Collage by Mary Azmitia
In Mary’s words:
As a child, I was always fascinated with drawing and color. Through the years, I said I wanted to be an artist when I grow up. After taking classes from John Peyton and Chee, I knew painting would be my journey. After retiring, I am able to take painting seriously. Presently, I am a member of the Old Town Artists, Rav’n, Arrowhead Art Group, Artists of Minnesota and Lake Superior Watercolor Society. I have won several awards from Artists of Minnesota. I always like to try new techniques and to challenge myself.
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In anticipation of our move to our Hillside location, our Board of Directors set aside funds for an outdoor art display. This artwork was intended to be a permanent installation for the public good on the store exterior.
After a process with a jury of the Management Team and the Board of Directors, local artist Ron Benson was chosen. His design, incorporating recycled glass (most of it from the demolished Two Harbors High School), nontoxic coloring agents and a water theme made this particular design stand out. It was clearly representative of our ENDS, both in design and material use.
In the fall of 2008, the recycled glass mural was installed on the east end of the store, wrapping around the entrance area. A contest was held by Mr. Benson to allow a Co-op Owner to name the piece. In January 2009, the name selected was “The Great Lake,” submitted by Bonnie Summers.
“I believe that there is potent symbolism in water. It is elemental–all life and good health is dependent upon it. We have the good fortune of living next to the largest body of fresh water on the planet. We have a choice, we can live sustainably with respect for the earth, air, and its waters and be wise consumers, too.
I am an environmentalist. I believe there needs to be a cultural shift to organics and sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Anything that can increase awareness of this need should be implemented. My recycled glass mural will draw positive attention to Whole Foods Co-op and its ethos.”
-Ron Benson, artist
Two mosaics are installed on the interior of the east wall of the Co-op. They can be viewed as customers wait to check out.
These mosaics are the work of Knife River artist Laura Stone. This was a three-year project completed in the fall of 2008. The pieces, entitled “Fruiting” and “Seedling” represent the idea that energy is at the heart of all things. Except for the material cost, these pieces were donated in the cooperative business spirit.
“Color to color; from one piece of glass to the next — a visual energy unwinds from unseen centers of endless generation. I have put my past experience looking and drawing mosses, viola blossoms, apple trees and reflections to work as I did the meditation drawings that the mosaics are based on. Italian glass called smalti is the material cut using tools called hammer and hardie.”
– Laura Stone, artist
The mosaics were developed with the assistance of Charlie Bauer, Deanna and Randy Ellestad, Sandy Bissell, Lawrence Jones, Steve Carlson, Brad Nelson and Alex Comb and an Arrowhead Regional Arts Board Fellowship Grant.