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Nemeth Art Center opens two new art exhibits

Visual artist Christopher Harrison's work will be displayed at the Nemeth Art Center through Sept. 30. He calls this abstract acrylic "Constellation Conception."1 / 2
Utilizing natural and found material, brothers David and Mathieu Ruhlman created their multi-media exhibit, "Transmitter." (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The Nemeth Art Center continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary with an opening reception for exhibits by Christopher Harrison and David and Mathieu Ruhlman Friday, July 21.

Minneapolis artist Harrison says this about his exhibit, titled "Monsterlands": "My art starts from the search for some sort of human connection with the forces of life and the universe. The images on the canvas reflect my imagination as well as styles in popular culture and references to indigenous aesthetics. They are expressed as shape, colors, and lines. The viewer can be immersed in the environment as they interpret it, expanding beyond the obvious. The images in my work are used as objects to illustrate my own relationship to the world or feelings I have."

Harrison is currently an arts educator at the Walker Art Center.

"Transmitter" is a multi-media work created by the Ruhlmans in response to "understanding the intuitive communication that resides between individuals and the objects that surround them." Through their work, they seek to "translate and transform these phantom transmissions and hidden histories that objects contain." Utilizing natural and found material, alongside painted works, the brothers broadcast a suspended state between the place it has left and the one in which it will arrive.

Mathieu lives in Vancouver, Canada, while David lives in Minnesota. They have always had a close bond and are continually fascinated by the sender/receiver. The Nemeth show explores similar themes that have always interested them.

The opening reception for "Monsterlands" and "Transmitter" will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. this Friday. Both exhibits will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center through September 30.

The Nemeth Art Center is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays. It's located in the upper level of the historic courthouse at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Admission to the Nemeth Art Center is always free. More information on the exhibits can be found at