1863 Silver Creek Rd, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Emily Christenson, Host Artist

Artist and naturalist, Emily Christenson grew up with a mother who was an abstract artist and Black Hawk State Park Historic Site as her backyard. Always able to sense spirits and unseen energies around her, she spent her childhood exploring the forests outdoors and experimenting with a variety of art materials in her mother’s studio. She graduated in 2002 with a double major in drawing and painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, MN. She has exhibited her paintings, drawings, and photographs nationally and internationally in numerous galleries, art centers and museums in Washington, DC, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York and Ireland. She has received two merit award grants and her work is in many public and private collections including Delucchi +, Washington, DC, Bellcomb Technologies, Minneapolis, MN, and the Dubuque Museum of Art. She was co-owner and gallery director of renee grae gallery, as well as an ongoing instructor of both adults and children at the Figge Art Museum. Starting with a series of traumatic initiation experiences including a severe car accident where she had a powerful NDE and STE, she was called away from working solely in the contemporary art and gallery scene, and now also focuses on strengthening her spiritual gifts and how to use them to help others. She teaches shamanic creative power workshops and art therapy workshops for Living Proof Exhibit, working with art and healing with those whose life has been affected by cancer. She works as a shamanic practitioner and evidential medium, combining her artwork with spiritual teachings and soul-to-soul work. She lives in the boreal forests along the North Shore of Lake Superior where she maintains her painting studio incorporating her healing energy practice into her artwork.

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Jacki Olson, Guest Artist

Jacki Olson is a contemporary nature-based artist who exhibits in a variety of mediums including monoprints, monotypes, encaustics, mixed media drawings/paintings, and photography.

Jacki lives and works in Two Harbors, MN with her husband and yellow lab named Blueberry Bay. She received her BFA from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, as an Art Education Specialist (art therapy) in 1975. She also attended Layton School of Art & Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Her continuing education was done at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Now through independent workshops like group artist collaborations and schools like Minneapolis College of Art in Design in Minnesota, she does her specialized education.

Currently, she maintains a studio and her works can be seen on her website and also on Instagram:  @jacki_o3 and 

Jacki Olson’s works are in collections throughout the country. Her works can be viewed in local showings and by appointment.

As a special note: I have been given a really rare opportunity and important inspiration in my life with my (also local artist) daughter, Emily Christenson. She has influenced my works greatly and we seem to run along the same path on a familiar creative journey!

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