Catherine Friend

From Ceramics to Paintings:

Guggenberger and Florine to Show their Work

Friday, January 25, 2013

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Free and open to the public, the evening will begin with a reception for the artists at 6:30 p.m. in the main residence, followed by the exhibition opening at 7:30 p.m. in the newly restored historic barn. Pianist Neal Topliff will play throughout the evening.
Award-winning Red Wing artist Len Guggenberger began his career at the Cold Spring Granite Company, primarily designing cemetery features, took correspondence courses from the Minneapolis Art Instruction School, and eventually took a position at Jostens. There he designed and drew diplomas, certificates and awards. He is the recipient of several awards for his work, including the 2010 Shiva Award for Casein Painting from the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic in New York. Casein is a milk-product based-paint that allows him a greater versatility, creates good covering power, dries quickly and, most importantly, provides a fine matte finish. Guggenberger's realistic Impressionist paintings are part of many galleries and private collections throughout the region.
Ceramic artist Ted Florine was born and raised in Red Wing and educated at the Rochester Community and Technical College and the University of Minnesota, where he was exposed to the broad spectrum of ceramics from a variety of respected potters. After graduating with a degree in art in 2006, he returned to Red Wing to help with the family-owned Buchanan Grocery, where he currently works as a sixth generation butcher. Clay is his primary medium, including sculptures and wall pieces as well as pots, bowls, vases and other traditional types of vessels. Influenced by traditional Japanese and American pottery, he enjoys creating functional pieces, putting his hands on his creations so he can achieve a tactile sense of how they are made. Since 2011, Florine has worked out of his studio at the Anderson Center.
This exhibition is made possible in part through generous grants from the Jones Family Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Cultural Heritage and Legacy Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board, Target Foundation, and Xcel Energy.


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