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Osage artist featured in Penny Press tour

Yunior Rebollar is among four outstate Minnesota artists whose designs will be imprinted on a unique machine that begins its tour Sept. 24 in Park Rapids.

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The Minnesota Artists Penny Press, touring through Park Rapids on Sept. 24, 2022, is a machine that stamps works by outstate Minnesota artists onto pennies, including designs by Mary Bruno of St. Joseph, Christie Hawkins of Northfield, Moira Villiard of Duluth and Yunior Rebollar of Osage.
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The Minnesota Artists Penny Press launches its Greater Minnesota tour from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Conceived by artist Alyssa Baguss, the penny press is a machine that imprints designs created by four outstate Minnesota artists on pennies.

Among the artists is Yunior Rebollar of Osage. The tour also features work by artists Mary Bruno of St. Joseph, Christie Hawkins of Northfield and Moira Villiard of Duluth, with stops in all three cities during 2022-23.

According to a press release, Baguss acquired the machine in 2021 and featured four women artists from the Twin Cities in her first round of pennies. A grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board supported the creation of a second edition highlighting the work of Minnesota artists living and working outside the Twin Cities.

“I want to make collecting contemporary artwork fun and accessible,” she said. “Art is such a valuable thing in our culture and a lot of people don’t feel like it’s for them. I want to change that.”

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When visitors insert two quarters and a penny into the machine, they get the penny back, transformed with a tiny work of art crushed into it. “I don’t think there’s another machine like it in the world,” Baguss said.

Baguss serves as the director for Silverwood Park, and besides being an artist herself, she has been involved in public art projects supporting other artists’ creative work. For more information, visit www.alyssabaguss.com and follow @alyssabaguss on social media.

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