Wednesday, December 22, 2021

AICHO to Host Papercut Artist Ellen Sandbeck's "As Long As the Rivers Shall Run"

Mississippi River Headwaters

How do you spell "Impressive"? 
I spell it E-L-L-E-N S-A-N-D-B-E-C-K 
That's also how I spell the word Prolific.

Upper Mississippi River
After nearly two years of virtual visual arts, the AICHO Galleries is opening its doors for its first in-person exhibition since the start of Covid. The artist kicking off this new chapter is Ellen Sandbeck, a well-known local artist and publishing author who has been doing papercut art for 35 years. 

This show, which will be on display from January 8 through February 25, is titled "As Long as the Rivers Shall Run." It will include a papercut workshop on February 3 at 7:00 pm in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd Street here in Duluth.

Middle Mississippi River
The artwork in this show depicts species endemic to the Mississippi River, including endangered and recently extinct as well as invasive ones. This is the first of a series of sets that will later explore the species found in other rivers around the world including the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Nile, the Ganges and the Amazon. There will accompanying text that includes scientific names, conservation status and snippets of natural history about each species, as well as the challenges faced by each river. 

Lower Mississippi River

The artwork consists of multicolored, multi-layered papercut images.
 The Mississippi River has been represented by five large-scale papercuts (39” x 27”): “Mississippi River Headwaters,” “Upper Mississippi River,” “Middle Mississippi River,” “Lower Mississippi River,” “Mississippi River Delta."  

OPENING RECEPTION: January 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Pre-registration required. Bookmark this page for more information:

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Ellen Sandbeck's illustrations have been published by several publishing companies. Her artwork has been shown all over Minnesota, and in Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, and New Jersey. In 2020, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and she is on the artist roster for the Minneapolis Airport Foundation.

Related Links

Books by Ellen Sandbeck 

A Buddha A Day, the Ellen Sandbeck Way  (2010)

Local Art Seen: Sandbeck and Villiard Explore Issues Surrounding Endangered Species and Endangered Lifestyles Portrayed (2018)

COVID-19 Safety Protocol Precautions: The gallery open hours are yet to be determined. Visitors to the gallery will be required to wear face masks regardless of vaccination status and that there will be limited gallery viewing hours and social distancing guidelines. 

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