Kathryn D’Elia Artwork Featured in Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition
March 13, 2023
Artwork by Kathryn D’Elia, Visual Arts Instructor and Gallery Coordinator, is currently on display in the Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition at White Bear Center for the Arts. The exhibition will run through April 14, 2023. A community reception is scheduled for March 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“I am excited to be included in this exhibition with so many accomplished artists from this community,” said D’Elia. “Several friends and colleagues of mine also have work in this exhibition and it’s wonderful to see the work together in one place. The White Bear Center for the Arts is an important art access point to many of our students before and during their time at Perpich. I’m enjoying building a closer connection to this center.”
The piece that D’Elia submitted for this exhibition is an oil portrait of her grandmother, Phyllis D’Elia. “I wanted to convey my attachment to her, the history I have with her, and to explore how my interactions with her have changed over my life.” Kathryn used an image from a recent visit with her grandmother, capturing her in the middle of a story, in the environment they interact in the most.
White Bear Center for the Arts’ well-loved Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition is back for its 49th year. While the show has changed over the years, the heart has stayed the same; it has always been a reputable art exhibition that draws talent from around Minnesota and neighboring states, judged by artists knowledgeable in their field. Northern Lights shines as a celebration of artists. This year’s exhibition had 833 entries from 389 artists. The pieces include any 2D or 3D media including but not limited to drawing, painting, fiber, pottery, photography, and sculpture.
Kathryn D’Elia is a practicing local artist creating dramatic, semi-abstract oil paintings of manipulated biological forms. She is a champion for strong drawing and painting skills and conceptual thinking. She has been teaching for several years at The University of Washington, Artistry, and at Perpich, all while also supporting Minnesota non-profits. She earned her BFA from Flagler College in Florida and her MFA from The University of Washington. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Kathryn is very excited to get to work with Perpich students to foster the creation of well thought-out and well realized 2-d projects.