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  From painted silk to wasp nests, the new "Fiber" exhibit at Abode Gallery is a dazzling display of nature in art
May 19, 2016, Stockholm, WI— Weaving, stitching, dyeing, tying, and even making collages from wasp nests: these are some of the fiber art techniques on display at the new “Fiber” exhibit at Abode Gallery in Stockholm, Wisconsin. The show will run from May 27th through July 5th, with an opening reception on Friday, May 27th.

Artists in the show are Kent Carlson, Deborah Foutch, Mavis Kjarland, Aimee Radman, Kristin Smith-Procter, and Tressa Sularz. Each artist has a unique, and sometimes surprising, approach to the world of fiber art. Take Kent Carlson’s unusual “found” materials, for example.

“I was throwing away an old wasp nest in my yard when I happened to notice the interesting patterns in it,” says Carlson. “I cut it apart and saw hundreds of lines in the fiber, circling the hive from top to bottom. That got me thinking, it’d probably make an interesting paper sculpture. Suddenly I found myself obsessed with this art project.”

Minneapolis artist Deborah Foutch, too, is obsessed with the natural world. Her interest in earth sciences led to her work with multiple layers of dynamic materials. Using a combination of painting and quilting methods, she embellishes her designs with techniques such as rusting, burning, and adding found objects.

“My current work explores the earth’s amazingly complex systems of soil, water, light, and air,” says Foutch. “These are multi-layered pieces that tell the story of the earth’s history, geology, and plant biology.” The results are both thought-provoking and beautiful to behold.

Abode Gallery owner and curator Alan Nugent has an eye for the unusual, and the “Fiber” exhibit gives him a chance to show some of the exceptionally creative work he admires.

“Fiber art is dimensional, layered, and complex,” says Nugent. “Our collection for the ‘Fiber’ show encompasses forms from the very ancient, like batik and weaving, to highly contemporary combinations of new, unexpected elements.”

Wearable and functional art will be a feature of the “Fiber” display. Batik artist Kristin Smith-Procter of Stockholm and weaver Aimee Radman of rural Red Wing both create elegant scarves as well as wall hangings. Nationally-known Twin Cities artist Tressa Sularz draws on traditional American basket-making techniques for her natural and hand-dyed rattan baskets.

Batik is also the primary medium of Pepin artist Mavis Kjarland, who uses the Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing to create landscapes of the Lake Pepin area. Her silk pieces, together with those of Smith-Procter, illustrate the versatility of this ancient art.

“Fiber” is the third in a series of six themed artist shows at Abode Gallery that will run throughout the summer and fall. The first show, “River,” featured paintings and photographs of the upper Mississippi River, and the second, “Wood,” was a display of the finest in regional woodworking. Upcoming shows will be “Animal,” “Word,” and “Earth.” All will feature the work of local and regional artists.

The Abode Gallery art openings are a part of the “Stockholm Arts Stroll” series in this tiny Wisconsin village, nationally known for its lively arts scene. Artists will be present to meet visitors to the gallery. 

Wine, beer, and locally-made snacks will be served at the opening receptions. The gallery is next door to the wildly popular Stockholm Pie Company, which will be open late for the art openings.

Dates for the upcoming shows are:

May 27 - July 5: “Fiber”
July 8 - August 15: “Animal”
August 19 - September 26: “Word”
September 30 - November 7: “Earth”

About Abode Gallery & Design Studio

Since 2003, Abode has been a vital arts cornerstone in the village of Stockholm Wisconsin. Owner Alan Nugent (Allied Member, ASID) brings over 25 years of award-winning interior design talent to the Abode Design Studio, working with private and corporate clients throughout the Midwest. He has curated many high-profile art collections and shows for major corporations and regional organizations, and he uses his keen eye and style in the curation of the dynamic items that can be found in the Abode Gallery. Nugent is on the Board of Directors of the arts advocacy nonprofit organization “Arts Wisconsin.”

About Stockholm, Wisconsin
Stockholm, Wisconsin (population 66) is located on the shores of the great Mississippi in an area known as Lake Pepin. This historic and geographically-significant area is located just a short and beautiful drive away from the Twin Cities, Rochester, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Winona and Red Wing along what is considered “the most beautiful drive in America” (Huffington Post). Once nearly a ghost town, Stockholm now has more than two dozen exceptional shops, galleries, boutiques, caf├ęs, and fine lodging options in addition to world-class cultural events and beautiful nature areas.


To learn more about Abode Gallery & Design Studio, please contact:

Alan Nugent
Abode Gallery& Design Studio
N2030 #3 Spring Street, Stockholm, WI 54769


Calling All Artists: Join us for ArtOut Stockholm

Abode Gallery is extending an invitation to artists representing a variety of media and styles to participate in "ArtOut Stockholm". This is an open invitational event taking place Saturday, May 17, 2014. Artists are asked to register before May 12, 2014. 

Participating artists are encouraged to set up around town and create artwork inspired by the quaint village of Stockholm and its surrounding scenic landscape. Tourists and villagers will be invited to walk around the town and visit with artists. This is a unique outdoor opportunity to be inspired by nature and fellowship with other creatives near beautiful Lake Pepin.

Your registration fee covers your box lunch, which will be from a local eatery. Artists are invited and encouraged to submit their artwork from the day to be included in a special ArtOut Stockholm Exhibition at Abode Gallery after the event. Works included in the Exhibition will be for sale. This is a special opportunity to show and sell work. All participating artists in ArtOut Stockholm will be included in a raffle for a local goods prize basket!

Where: Join us in beautiful Stockholm, WI.

What: Bring your art materials, set up around town and have a great time creating with other artists in the village.

Why: Because the quaint village of Stockholm is inspirational! Refresh your creativity outdoors!

When: Saturday May 17, 2014. Check in: 10:45am. Lunch at Noon. While artists are encouraged to create as long as they feel inspired the official end time will be 3pm. Raffle will be at 3pm. Artwork that artists wish to be considered for the ArtOut Stockholm exhibition should be submitted to Abode Gallery at that time.

Registration: $10.00. Sign up in person at Abode Gallery, or via email mariaabode(at)gmail.com. Pre- Registration is required.

This event is open to all artists; please pass this announcement along to friends.


Join Us: Art on the Vine Opening Reception & Gallery Show

We're thrilled to introduce our upcoming gallery show and invite you to join us for the opening reception! For this event we've collaborated with Villa Bellezza Winery, 1420 3rd Street, Pepin, WI, to bring you a collection of work celebrating wine, food and the beauty of the Great River.

The “Art on the Vine” exhibition will take place at Villa Bellezza Winery from March 8-31, 2014, with the opening reception taking place on March 8 from 6:30-9:00pm. The free event is open to the public. More than 20 local and regional artist works have been selected, with almost 40 pieces on display and available for purchase.

Villa Bellezza Winery, Pepin, WI

You must see this stunning venue! The winery complex is designed in a Mediterranean style with several stucco and stone buildings, including a 250+ person event center, surrounding a central piazza — much like in a town square somewhere in Italy.

The winery makes the perfect backdrop for the "Art on the Vine" exhibition. This unique and stunning juried show consists of one of a kind works in oil, watercolor, pastel, wood, ceramic and multimedia.  Select artists will be honored at the opening gala, with recognition and awards presented including Vintner’s Choice, Curator’s Choice and People’s Choice. The evening will also include live painting, music from Twin Cities group Doo Da Day, artist meet & greet, and exceptional food samplings and wine tastings provided by the award winning winery.

There was extensive interest in the show from area artists. The Great River, along the West Coast of Wisconsin, has inspired artists for centuries. Considered some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation, and named, “Prettiest Drive in America” by Huffington Post, it is no surprise that exquisite galleries and award winning wineries have developed in this well-known artists enclave. Its close proximity to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Eau Claire, make the area a destination for art enthusiasts.

The theme of the show was well received. As one of the artists, Maria Dudley Kowalski stated, “Like wine making, the process of making of art is a beautiful exploration. The final creation not only appeals to its creator but it inspires creativity in others.”

Artists in the show include:

Jeff Stern, Madison, WI (Oil)
Margy Balwierz, Beldenville, WI (Ceramics)
Maria Dudley Kowalski, Maiden Rock, WI (Oil, Watercolor)
Reid Thorpe, Chaska, MN (Oil)
Midge Bolt and Coco Hohman, Pepin, WI (Photography, Mixed Media)
Robert Gehrke, Eau Claire, WI (Oil)
Jeff Boutin, Eden Prairie, MN (Oil)
Tom Maakestad, Marine on St. Croix, MN (Pastel)
Christopher McIntyre, Milwaukee, WI (Photography)
Tim Brudnicki, Eau Claire, WI (Wood)
Kathy Litwin, Bloomington, MN (Oil)
Jody Freeman, Stacy, MN (Oil)
Cindy S. King, Mondovi, WI (Jewelry)
Mimi Exon, Stillwater, MN (Oil, Pencil, Pastel)
Vicki Casper, Menomonie, WI (Watercolor)
Judith Anderson, St. Louis Park, MN(Oil)
Lucy Elliot, Stockholm, WI (Multimedia)
Barbara McIlrath, Pepin, WI (Oil)
Tom Latane, Pepin, WI (Metal)

We've created an "Event" via our Facebook page. Feel free to "join" the event if you plan to attend. The more the merrier, and we have plenty of room at Villa Bellezza; we encourage you to invite your Facebook friends to join you. We guarantee a very unique and enjoyable event!

We'll be posting periodic updates on the Abode Gallery Facebook page, so if you haven't yet "liked" our page, now is the time. We don't want you to miss any exciting news or updates.

Art, food, wine...yes, this is sure to be a very special event and we look forward to seeing you.


Join us for Country Christmas on December 7, 2013

We're celebrating the holidays at Abode Gallery. Join us for our Country Christmas event this Saturday, December 7. You'll find exquisite decor items, as well as locally crafted and unique art, music and jewelry. You're sure to find the perfect gift for nearly everyone on your list (and maybe an item or two for yourself).

Consider this your sneak peek...

Here's what's in store for you at Abode Gallery's Country Christmas event.

We'll also be welcoming some special guests that day... Richard Erickson, the talented artist behind our amazing granite wine racks and candles, will be in the Gallery meeting visitors, as will Lucy Elliot, local jewelry designer.

Mary Logue, author and poet, will be signing her books for Gallery visitors. We have several of her titles in stock, including her latest book of poetry, Trees, and her children’s book, Sleep like a Tiger, which holds the #1 spot on Apartment Therapy’s “20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books” list.

In addition, The DitchLillies will be performing holiday music as only they can (from 12-3pm). Go ahead and tap your toe; you won't be able to resist!

Plan to spend the entire day in the area; there’s plenty to do along the Great River Road during West Coast of Wisconsin’s “Coastal Christmas”, which is also taking place on December 7. Find the details here.


New at Abode Gallery... Driftless: An Exhibition

Abode Gallery is proud to present our newest group show: "Driftless".

Diftless: An Exhibition
Now thru September 30th
Opening Reception: Aug 23rd., 5- 7pm
Abode Gallery, Stockholm, WI

The Driftless area of the upper Mississippi River Basin is a unique region with a landscape steeped in beauty. The area was bypassed by the last continental glacier, and as a result, natural weathering and erosion created steep, rugged, and breathtakingly beautiful topography.

"Driftless" depicts this distinctive sculpted landscape in paint, ceramic, metal and wood. The show highlights unique bluffs, forested hillsides, farmed countryside and cold-water trout streams.

New works from 7 local and regional artists, whose names you will surely recognize, will be featured:

Margy Jean Balwierz
Maria Dudley Kowalski
Robert Gehrke
Terrill Knaack
Denise Presnell Weidner
Dianna Shandorf
Jeff Stern


Join us for our opening reception on Friday, August 23, 2013, from 5-7pm. View the collection, meet and greet the artists, and enjoy refreshments and live music. The event is free and open to the public. Artists in attendance will include: Maria Dudley Kowalski, Robert Gehrke, Terrill Knaack and Jeff Stern.

Announcements about the exhibition and opening reception will also be announced on our Facebook page.


Abode Gallery Events Coincide with Stockholm Art Fair

Each year thousands flock to our little village on the shores of Lake Pepin for the Stockholm Art Fair. This year's show, taking place this Saturday, July 20, 2013. will mark the event's 40th anniversary, and as usual, we've got some special things planned for the art-lovers visiting Stockholm this weekend. The video above will offer a sneak peek of what's in store.

Stop by Abode Gallery this weekend and you'll notice several new works on display, some by new artists and others from artists our regular visitors will surely recognize.

In addition, some artists will be making personal appearances at Abode Gallery on the day of the Stockholm Art Fair, to greet visitors and discuss their work. One of those artists is Jeff Boutin. Even if you don't recognize Jeff's name, you'll most likely recognize his work; vibrant, colorful and playful paintings, which are among the Gallery's best sellers.

Also, "The Great River Road" exhibition continues, featuring the work of Raelee Edgar. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Great River Road, art-lovers, classic car buffs and Great River Road enthusiasts will enjoy her work, which celebrates the travel and nostalgia of the open road! The show only runs through July 31, so this weekend will be one of the last for catching this great exhibition.

Finally, the Home & Lifestyle store is fully stocked with new handcrafted items; unique home accessories of the highest quality are ready to grace and beautify your home.

Keep your eye to our Facebook page (and give us a "like" if you haven't already) for any late-breaking news, announcements, appearances and more! We look forward to seeing you for one of the biggest art events of the year on the west coast of Wisconsin.


Abode Gallery Great River Road Exhibition Featuring Raelee Edgar

Artist Raelee Edgar at work in her studio.
Calling all art-lovers, classic car buffs and Great River Road enthusiasts... Join us as we celebrate travel and nostalgia of the open road!

The Great River Road Exhibition
Featuring the original works of Raelee Edgar
June 13 - July 31, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
4:30pm - 6:30pm

The State of Wisconsin proclaimed 2013 as the 75th anniversary of the Wisconsin Great River Road. Highway 35, Wisconsin’s Great River Road, runs down Wisconsin's west coast winding through artistic communities and charming historic villages. The journey is one of the greatest undiscovered drives in the Midwest. 

The road with its curves and hills has been preserved to embrace the area’s scenic and historical significance.  Drivers on the Great River Road find a sense of freedom and a unique connection to the wild landscape. Along the road, eagles soar in and out of the trees, and limestone bluffs tower above the road like European castles. The Mighty Mississippi River stretches and winds with you like a friend on your drive, leaving you in awe of its necessity and natural beauty.  New journeyer’s are encouraged and invited to discover the magic.

Abode Gallery will highlight the works of artist Raelee Edgar in an exhibition entitled "The Great River Road".  Raelee is happily painting car memories, in Minnesota where she lives with her husband and two children. In recent years, her work has been exhibited in a number of juried shows and she's completed several commissions. Her artwork is held in both private and corporate collections.  When speaking about her work she states, “Time spent with loved ones and friends can be summoned by a car make or model. I hope my work lets people savor those memories.” 

Ronalee’s work will be on view from June 15th- July 31st.  The opening for the Great River Road Exhibition will be June 15th from 4:30pm- 6:30pm. See you at the Opening! 

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