1313 Stoney Point Drive, Duluth, MN 55804

E. J. Klepinger, Host

When I was a small boy, I grew up in the mountains of Colorado where I developed a strong love for nature. My fascination with animals, in particular, inspired my artistic side at a very young age.

As an adult, my appreciation for the natural world has only grown, and my desire to celebrate its beauty through my art has become my passion. I love different forms of artistic expression, including pen and ink, pencil, pastel and acrylic paint, and I use my photography as my source material in most cases.

I believe that all life has a spirit, a soul, which I attempt to convey through my art. I wish to inspire you, my viewer, to see the beauty that I see, and to appreciate the world that is around us. My goal is to celebrate the energy that flows through nature, if only for a moment, so you can feel as connected as I do. Nature guides us all if we take the time to stop, listen, and live by its amazing wisdom.

Burdock Ceramics, Guest

Rita Morris and Barry Sands collaborate to make wheelthrown, functional pottery that is handpainted with imagery from the natural world. They live and work in Duluth and their pieces showcase the native flora and fauna of the Northwoods. Rita received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington, but her connection to ceramics runs deep having grown up as a child of potters and she eventually she discovered that the perfect canvas for her images was clay. Barry has learned from and worked with many potters over the years, including Mike Lalone, Paul Morris, Phil Echert, Craig Edwards and Chuck Deckas. The subtle, elegant ceramic forms and simple designs that they create together attempt to continue the tradition of handmade pottery while bringing into focus the stillness and wonder of the woods, the fluttering of wings through the trees, the interweaving branches reflecting against the sky and the interconnectedness of all living things.