Fleur de Lis Arts Gallery to showcase its first visual artist gallery opening
Friday , November 5th, with Amara and Gillian Bedford
November 2, 2021
The Fleur de Lis Arts Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater in Puposky , MN will showcase its first visual artist gallery opening on First Friday , November 5th , with the talented mother and daughter team of Amara and Gillian Bedford . Supporters can view the work at 6:00 PM with both artists offering an artist talk at 6:30 PM . Following the presentation guests are invited at 7:00 PM to enjoy live music by the “No Rest for the Pickers” with their eclectic blend of Americana , Cajun , and blue grass tunes on the stage of the Wild Rose at no cost for audience . Cate Belleveau , artistic director at the space , will also have her recently released book Kayak Cate published by River Feet Press located in Montana available for purchase and an author signing after the concert
Vaccination cards or 72 hour proof of negative test at the door and masks are required throughout the event for safety of all ages . The gallery and theater are located at 24011 Highway 89 NW Puposky which is 14.8 miles north on Highway 89.
The artists released these statements to inform about their work
Gillian Bedford is a versatile artist who paints in water color, oils and acrylics. She draws directly on the canvas and builds up her paintings. Using acrylic paint has helped her be able to change up what she is doing quickly so that there can be better and better iterations before she settles on her final painting. The paintings, full of color and emotion have an expressive quality and also an abstract nature, yet usually refer to an image or scene.
Recently, Bedford moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where her new studio is nestled into a grove of red pines. She has been struck by the way Minnesotans celebrate summer with endless music, art, and water festivals. She feels a new sense of confidence in this place where she can recreate her life according to her own vision of wholeness while also pushing forward and deeper into her artwork.
Bedford is from a very artistic family dating back to Daniel Burnham, who was the chief architect designing the city of Chicago after the great fire in the 1860s. At Bryn Athyn College, Bedford studied social science and history. Later, she studied painting at Tyler School of Art and began to develop her signature style in understanding human emotion in her paintings. She is an artist who has deftly described loud and quiet passion and developed her own style and original body of work. While each painting “speaks for itself,” there is an underlying significance that speaks to the interactions of the human heart and the landscapes we inhabit.
Amara Bedford - artist statement :
Amara grew up in an artistic household watching her mother paint and creating her own artwork with her also artistic younger sister, Michelle Bedford. Amara feels most at ease in the world of art, and studied Art Therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, where she received an M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2017. Soon after moving to Bemidji, Amara taught Art Club at Headwaters Music and Arts from September 2020 until May 2021. Meanwhile, Amara has been painting in her studio, with her mother, and with a group of local artists during the summer season. Painting regularly is how Amara honors the simplicity and fulfilment of doing what makes her heart happy. Art is her medicine. Currently, she is working on making her latest creation, Smash Art, more available to people who want to combine physical movement with paint and paper. Amara painted the Beatles on the Yellow Submarine at Cate and Al's place.