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4915 42nd Avenue North
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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Exhibit Schedule


January - Ming Chiao Chapter January 2-27

February - Robbinsdale Historical Society January 30 - February 24

March - March Madness Member’s Show dates 

April - Secondary Student Show dates 

May - John Niemi May 1 - May 26

June - Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada May 29 - June 23

July - Whiz Bang Member’s Show Dates TBD

August - Richard Mittlestadt July 31 - August 25

September - Christine Halverson August 28 - September 22

October - Joan Orozco / Yvonne Foster September 25 - October 20

November - Extremely Minnesota Dates TBD

December - Art is Primary Dates TBT

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Bob Mattson & Marjie Nilssen

Current Paintings
June 2 thru 28

There will be a closing reception on June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Robert Mattson has been making paintings for more than 50 years. His primary interest has been non- representational abstraction. As a student under the Abstract Expressionist painter, David Brown, who inspired in him a deep interest in the expressive potential of painterly methods and techniques. Robert "came of  age", so to speak, in the era of Minimalism. During the course of his career Bob has tried to reconcile these disparate views into his own unique style that might be labeled "painterly minimism." He has exhibited his work several times at both the Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Art as well as private galleries and colleges and universities across the Midwest. The paintings in this exhibit are his most recent endeavors in that process. All the works were executed in 2016 and 2017.

Marjorie Nilssen has been passionate about art throughout her life. She took an interest in drawing and art history at an early age which led her to study art in college and graduate school. Marjorie studied art under Robert Mattson at Willmar Community College, from 1976-78, which sparked the beginning of her life-long career as an artist. Robert encouraged Marjorie to invent, take risks and explore new techniques. These two years of study with Mattson provided Marjorie with the interest in non-representational painting and was a sounding board for her development as an artist.

Marjorie's paintings throughout her career have been primarily about form with a specific interest in color and texture. She believes that beautiful art comes from spontaneous process and discovery. She loves to be free and open to the discoveries that are made during the artistic process with various materials. She has worked in oil, wax, and acrylic.

Marjorie has had several exhibits at rural galleries and colleges around the state. However, it is Nilssen's life-long goal to broaden her visual audience by exhibiting her paintings in larger cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Marjorie is currently working with the encaustic method (oil and wax). The paintings come from the intense process of melting, scraping and painting to create a sense of unity.

Marjorie has been inspired by Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollack, Helen Frankenthaler, Larry Poons and Ronnie Landfield. Marjorie travels to The Art Students League of New York to study painting every summer. Marjorie has received three Career Artist Grants from SMAC (Southwest
Minnesota Arts Council) and she has studied under Larry Poons (2012) and Ronnie Landfield (2016) at The Art Students League of New York. In addition to her studio work as a painter, Marjorie also teaches Art, full
time, at Ridgewater College, in Willmar, Minnesota.





Exhibit opens Thursday, February 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.  
The opening reception is Friday February 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.