Special Exhibits

Main Gallery

Colors of the North
By Alison Aune & Kirsten Aune

Exhibit opens, Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.
Gallery Walk, Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m.
Start with Art, Friday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night, Friday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Exhibit closes, Friday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Fashion Show, Saturday, March 16, noon

Sisters Alison Aune and Kirsten Aune work with textiles and mixed media to create densely patterned and colorful works inspired by Nordic textiles, designs, and symbols. They have drawn their inspiration from their Minnesota-Swedish-Norwegian heritage. As children they gained an appreciation for their parent’s cultural heritage and their collection of Scandinavian art and design. Today Alison and Kirsten live in Duluth, Minnesota. As artists they share an interest in patterns and vibrant color selections. Alison draws inspiration from traditional folk art and symbolic decorative designs that she integrates into her mixed media paintings.  Kirsten creates hand-painted and silk screen printed contemporary geometric and floral textiles.  Each honors their cultural roots and pays tribute to women’s artistic and domestic contributions to material culture.

Alison Aune is a painter and professor of art education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her Nordic inspired paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was a Fulbright scholar to Sweden and American Scandinavian Foundation Doctoral Fellow; she has numerous awards including a Minnesota Initiative Grant, Art Educator of Minnesota awards, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.  Her work is in the collection of the Växjö City Hall, the Tweed Museum of Art, the Walker, and in private collections in the USA, Norway, and Sweden.

Kirsten Aune is an artist and designer specializing in textiles. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the recipient of several awards including the Jerome Foundation Travel, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Fellowship and Finlandia Foundation Grant. Her work is in permanent collection at The Tweed Museum of Art, the Municipal Arts Collective, Växjö, Sweden, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Duluth, The Duluth Children’s Museum and in numerous private collections in Washington D.C, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York City, North Carolina, Austria, Paris, Finland and Japan.


Raoul Wallenberg Gallery

Textile Bonader 

Exhibit opens, Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.
Exhibit closes, Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m.

Embroidered and woven bonader became very popular at the turn of the century thanks to mail-order catalogues and pattern magazines. In the beginning they were mostly found at the homes of the upper class, but as the practice spread it became more popular with farmers and workers. In these homes the bonader got center stage since paintings were unaffordable.

Sponsors of our Special Exhibits:

MacArthur for Arts and Culture at Prince