The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 5, 2013

Arts Center of St. Peter: Euclide exhibit, transformative fiber art

Euclide exhibits in St. Peter after globetrotting year


The Mankato Free Press

---- — ST. PETER — Thanks to artist Gregory Euclide, St. Peter will join a list of cities this week that spans the globe.

When the Arts Center of St. Peter opens its exhibit of artwork by the internationally recognized Le Sueur artist on Friday, it joins a handful of locations already doing the same. In addition to commercial galleries in Los Angeles, Denver, Paris and London, Euclide's work is also showing (or has shown recently) in Memphis, San Francisco, Beverley, Mass., and Santa Cruz. N.M.

Furthermore, one of his works was recently acquired by the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum — another on a long list of credits for an artist whose resume includes the cover art for McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern No. 43 as well as Bon Iver's Grammy-winning album in 2012.

The reception for Euclide's relative 2013 homecoming will be held 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Arts Center. His exhibit will remain on display in the Moline gallery through Jan. 12.

Euclide is recognized for artwork that provides cogent commentary on human interaction with and perception of the natural world. Though sketches, drawings and paintings all figure in his creations, such compositions comprise only a portion of the three-dimensional landscapes he creates from artificial and organic sources. The results are lush, yet strangely foreboding dioramas that, he once told The Free Press, will prompt viewers into “having a relationship with my artwork that is similar to their relationship with the world.”

The Arts Center of Saint Peter is located at 315 S. Minnesota Ave. Gallery hours for the exhibit are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays. Saturday and Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m.

For more information on Euclide, visit www.gregoryeuclide.com.

The Free Press

Transformative fiber art on display Also on display in the Lower Level Gallery is an exhibit of work by members of the Pioneer Spinners and Fiber artists, and the Weavers of the Arts Center of St. Peter. They were asked to create individual work from six leaf bags full of acrylic fiber tape removed from Randy Walker's 2011 artistic installation on the Shanaska Creek Bridge in Lake Washington Park. Walker used 30,000 feet of fiber to celebrate the structure's 136-year history by temporarily transforming it. When the fiber came down, he felt the material itself might undergo a creative transformation beyond anything he could do on his own. That's when the local fiber artists were invited to participate. They have fulfilled their mission with articles of woven, crochet, knit, and sewn projects. Prayer flags will be on sale as well as most items in the show. Walker and participating local artists will be present at the reception 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.