As stated in my previous post, the Arts Norths International exhibit is in its 26th year, showcasing work of thirteen different classes of media by artists from the United States and abroad. Over 700 entries were submitted for this annual exhibition, with only 168 selected for display. I’m proud to say that since my initial post, Wonder Woman Barbie was awarded an Honorable Mention in Photography!
The Hopkins Center for the Arts has done an exemplary job creating virtual experiences during Covid, especially for the Arts North International Exhibition. They filmed virtual tours for all three areas in the Center, including video snippets by some of the artists introducing their work. They also have 3D tours, image lists, awards and “thank you” videos. My favorite is definitely the virtual tours with artist intros. My snippet was even placed with a little “wink, wink” by Gary the videographer.
In my opinion even the BEST virtual experience doesn’t take the place of seeing an exhibit in person. Luckily, the Center has been able to open, with various Covid protocols in place (Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm). I was able to visit the exhibition last week, and I have to say, it is much more striking in person. All three areas of the Center are covered in art (top floor, main floor, and gallery). The variety of artistic styles and mediums on display left me feeling energized and quite honestly, put a smile on my masked face.
I could not agree more with the “Best of Show” artwork, Matthew Schellenberg’s “Her Beauty Gained Her Everything She had ever Dreamt of… and Much More.” This larger than life, absolutely gorgeous sculpture commands attention not only due to it’s size and details, but it’s subject matter. It’s a piece that needs to be seen in person and viewed at all angles. Also within my field of vision while taking in “Her Beauty…” is another show stopper: Blair Treuer’s textile piece “Prayer for Jordan.” There are so many fabulous pieces to take in at this exhibit, but those two really stuck with me.
Arts North International is on display through February 13th, I highly recommend making the trip to the Hopkins Center for the Arts.