Bright Art for a Bitter Day

Bright Art for a Bitter Day

Holy crikes!  It’s really winter now, mom!  Turns out, Mother Nature isn’t kidding around and you better stay the hell indoors for the next few days OR ELSE!  My son, Teddy has the flu, so we’ve been stuck at home tryna keep in contained/watch all the kid shows in the universe.  We may achieve at least one of those goals, since the Midwest is readying to be colder than Mount Everest (for real) tomorrow and the experts say “Stay inside!” At all costs.  Everybody all over the place is Doomsday-prepping- school’s cancelled, work’s cancelled.  I may not have any milk, but I’m stocked up on loveliness, ‘cause hear this...

I got to soak in some aesthetic sunshine at the Swedish American Museum last Saturday. And, just like Frederick, my favorite mouse-poet, I’ve stored it away for sub-zero temps.  

Just look at this wonderfulness:

Textiles by Kirsten Aune

Textiles by Kirsten Aune

Sisters Kirsten and Alison Aune look to their Scandinavian roots to inspire colorful paintings and textiles.  Both artists live in the Duluth area.  Alison (painter) is a art professor at UM- Duluth, Kirsten (textile artist) makes art full-time.   They use patterns and motifs that are common in Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian art (think Merimekko).  And despite using different media, the sisters’ work is fittingly displayed in concert.  

Here’s a quilt and a dress by Kirsten...

Textiles by Kirsten Aune

Textiles by Kirsten Aune

And then a painting by Alison...

Painting by Alison Aune

Painting by Alison Aune

See how they complement each other?

See more: 

Textile by Kirsten Aune

Textile by Kirsten Aune

Painting by Alison Aune

Painting by Alison Aune

More info open Kirsten here.

Painting by Alison Aune

Painting by Alison Aune

Textile by Kirsten Aune

Textile by Kirsten Aune

Painting by Alison Aune

Painting by Alison Aune

 More info on Alison here (password = aaune)

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To steep in this radiant show, “Colors from the North,” in Chicago (on a day that’s NOT TOMORROW) check here

 

ABOVE ALL... Stay Warm, Mom.

 -Cathleen

P.S.  Speaking of sister-sister projects, stay tuned for a feature on my younger sib’s style TOMORROW!!

Cover photo of a textile by Kirsten Aune

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