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Artist: Barbara McIlrath

September 28
- November 10, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

share with you my favorite places on the river.
Like a fisherman, armed with a tackle box
and a passion for being outdoors…
I try to outsmart a wild color or shape
before it slips away."
- Barbara McIlrath

Inspired by the seasonal changes in the sky, land, and water along the
Mississippi and near Lake Pepin, artist Barbara McIlrath is devoted to perceiving
the world more deeply and revealing it to the viewer through her lush paintings
using oil paint, bees wax, Belgian linen, pasted paper, graphite, and charcoal.

Specifically, McIlrath is drawn to and inspired by Frontenac State Park, the
village of Old Frontenac (Florence Township Beach), and Hicks Valley near
Pepin, Wisconsin. While working outside she uses her “modernist eye” to reveal
simplified, improvisational interpretations of these special places. The
resulting work can range from recognizable images of sky, land and water to
completely abstract compositions discovered in the process of interpreting what
is seen.

From the small, intimate drawings and paintings done “en plain aire” to the
final large canvases completed in the studio the viewer will get a unique view
into the artist’s process as well as a chance to savor the final product.

About the
Barbara McIlrath lives in St. Paul and works from her farm/studio in the
dramatic landscape of the Driftless Region of western Wisconsin, near Lake
Pepin, where the seasonal changes in the sky, land, and water constantly
inspire her devotion to perceiving the world more deeply through painting and

Growing up just outside of Chicago, she earned her BA degree in Humanities at
Illinois Wesleyan University, MS degree at Southern Illinois University,
Edwardsville, and BFA degree at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where
she received the Vanderlip Award at graduation. She has worked as a graphic
designer, illustrator, instructional designer for Mayo Clinic, corporate
training consultant and faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and


Gallery Hours:

Monday –
Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday:  1:00 – 10:00 p.m. 

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