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Mixed media at Galleries, oil painting classes begin

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A series of exhibitions featuring a mixed media installation by Mary Bergs, Minneapolis; mixed media printmaking by CathyJean Clark, Neillsville; oil paintings by Tom McGregor, St. Paul; ceramics by Ursula Hargens, Minneapolis; acrylics on panel by Leslie Pilgrim, Mendota Heights, Minn.; journal drawings and watercolors by Tara Sweeney, St. Paul; and a group exhibition featuring work in a range of media by 11 local artists who participated in a series of seminars during 2012 focusing on the role of art and sustainability will be on view through Feb. 10 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

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Hargens is a studio potter living in Minneapolis. She received a B.A. from Columbia University (1994), a M.A. in art and art education from Teachers College, Columbia University (1999) and an M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2003). Hargens also studied ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1999-2000). In addition to working as a studio artist, she is a teaching artist at the Northern Clay Center and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. She has received several career development awards: McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis (2012 and 2009); Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board (2009); Finalist, Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, Saint Paul (2008); and Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant, Northern Clay Center (2006).

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.

Oil painting class

Beginners and Beyond: Oil Painting will be offered by River Falls artist and educator Dianne Ginsberg on four Fridays, Feb. 22 through March 22 (no class March 8), at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

This class is for the beginner as well as for those with some painting experience who want to grow. Participants will learn the basics of oil painting with guidance, demonstrations, and encouragement from the instructor in a relaxed studio setting. Students will gain knowledge in the painting techniques of composition, color, shading, and brush handling. The paints being used clean up and mix with water, yet behave like traditional oils. The class fee is $169, which includes all materials and supplies.

For more information or to enroll, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305 or go to The Phipps.

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