November 2, 2012 - December 1, 2012
Arts on Grand will host an exhibit of new works by Minnesota pop expressionist Erik Sletten during November. The exhibit, “Pop Express,” opens Nov. 2 and runs through Dec. 1. It is made up of paintings inspired by classic films. There will be an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2, featuring live music by singer/songwriter David Harland.
Sletten received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, with concentrations in painting and ceramics. He has been a professional artist at Sletten Studios for the past 16 years. He exhibits internationally, nationally, and regionally.
Some of Sletten’s most notable shows are International Wine Scenes in Horton, Norway; City of Lakes at Gallery 360 in Edina, MN; and the Impossible Buildings two-man show at Bloomington Theater and Art Center. He has been an artist-in-residence at a number of area schools. He also established the Mapworks Traveling Exhibit (www.mapsworksinfo.com).
“I am a visual artist,” says Sletten. “The vehicle of my expression is painting, including mixed media, 2D and 3D paintings, and small-scale sculptures. I am a studio artist whose art is a window into the imagination. The art I create is pop expressionism. My art has been described as ‘an escape from the mundane and plight of the present world.’ My goal is to continually realize my dreams and constantly push the boundaries of my art further.”
On Sat., Nov. 3, Sletten will teach a “Pop Art” painting class for adults from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The class will begin with a discussion of pop art. After learning the process, students will create a finished pop art piece.
Sletten will return to Spencer on Sat., Dec. 1, to teach another “Pop Art” class, for teens and adults. After learning about pop art, they will do a few drawings and, with Erik’s lead, choose one to turn into a finished pop art painting.
Tuition for either class is $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers. All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is recommended. To preregister for a class, come to Arts on Grand or call 712-262-4307.
Sletten’s art typically features buildings and cars, so it is fitting that this exhibit is co-sponsored by Cannon Moss Brygger Associates and H & N Chevy Buick.