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Exhibition: The Art of Tom Maakestad

Friday, March 28, 2014.

The Anderson Center in Red Wing is pleased to present The Art of Tom Maakestad,an exhibition of Minnesota paintings by one of the state’s most acclaimed artists.  Free and open to the public, the evening will begin with a reception for the artist at 7:00 p.m. in the main gallery.

Tom Maakestad was born and raised in Northfield, Minnesota, and has spent the last thirty years as a landscape painter, dedicating himself largely to the countryside near his home in Marine on St. Croix as well as to the southern Minnesota river valleys and agricultural regions.  Maakestad infuses his landscapes with a deep appreciation “for the myriad hues that animate scenes familiar” to all of us who live in Minnesota. 

Maakestad lived in Hong Kong for many years where he traveled extensively throughout Asia.  Trekking in Nepal, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand gave him a first-hand look at different cultures and art forms of the Pacific Rim region. While in Hong Kong he worked for the multinational publishing and trade show firm, Reed Elsevier, a fortune 500 company, publishing industry and upon returning to the United States he has been US representative for the Hong Kong printing and manufacturing company Norman Graphics.   

Maakestad’s work is housed in private and permanent collections throughout the United States and abroad, among them the University of Chicago Hospitals, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Historical Society, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, and WCCO Television.  Other collections include the United States Ambassador’s Residence in Oslo, Norway, and the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.  His work has been reviewed and written about in numerous  American and foreign publications, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, American Art Collector, and The Artist Magazine. 

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In this postmodern era we are reevaluating our relationship to the land as we realize it continues to have a direct impact on our lives.  Just as farmers plant in the spring and harvest in the fall, so it is with my compositions: my subjects are dictated by the seasons.”

 “Landscape as subject matter holds my attention because it is a constant in our daily lives and yet it is never the same.  When the added variability of medium is introduced, the challenges of using oil paint or pastels continue to fuel my interest.  With so many options available, the process of making these pieces can never become too routine.  Subtle changes in materials, time of day, backlighting, or a cast shadow can have dramatic effects on the outcome of a painting.”

The Art of Tom Maakestad 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.  For more information, please contact the Anderson Center: 1-651-388-2009.