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Pamela & Frank Gaard – A Conversation Between Artists Reception

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pamela & Frank Gaard – A Conversation Between Artists Reception

Frank and Pamela Gaard are pivotal figures in the Minnesota arts scene. Franks pictures are cartoon-like depictions of life, usually in fluorescent colors. “I was trained intellectually to think of the painting as an object that I’m designing using colors and forms, but by adding the element of caricature to the image, I was playing that middle ground of abstraction. The figure is abstracted but it is still recognizable as a figure. I think that the element of abstraction in my work is where the caricature arises,” said Frank Gaard.

Pamela’s abstract and language-based works explore time, memory, and healing. These drawings, paintings and collages are meditations on everyday life — mnemonic “prayers” of emotion, experience and events often quite private in nature. Additionally, her painted portraits honor unsung heroes from the fabric of our culture — persons from all walks of life, from various backgrounds and economic status, including immigrants and the elderly, who might otherwise be unnoticed, or even unseen as legitimate. “Being a granddaughter of the schmatte (garment) trade growing up amid zippers, buttons, threads and textiles — influenced my early work as an artist. The influence of textile arts is found in my current paintings with their layered motifs and patterns, which bring me closer to understanding unresolved memories of my past,” states Pamela


January 27
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sabes JCC
St. Paul JCC


Sabes JCC
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416 United States
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