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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

GRRVLC to host 'Watershed' art exhibit from now until mid-December

November will be a “watershed” month at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott.

An art exhibit titled “Watershed: What We Need is Here” will continue to be on display until early December. Talented artists from around the St. Croix River Valley area contributed paintings and pottery that are showcased on the walls and tables of the Visitor Center.

“All of the artwork is part of a Valley Art initiative that is spearheaded by the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson,” said Jessica Bierbrauer, the Executive Director of Freedom Park. “What they try to do is engage practicing artists from the St. Croix River Valley in a long-term process of exploring and sharing creative processes under various types of sustainability. In this case it’s about the watershed. So the artists are exploring the human place in nature and reflecting that in their artwork.”

The artists are inspired by the natural elements of the St. Croix River Valley.

“Here in Prescott where both the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers come together we have wonderful recreational opportunities with both rivers and we have a lot of scenic beauty,” Bierbrauer said. 

“These pieces of artwork are an opportunity for people to get a glimpse into the mind of an artist but also the human place in nature and nature’s place in a human heart. Nature really does belong with us.”

The watershed art exhibit at Freedom Park will only be around for about another month, so local residents should see it when they get a chance. On Sunday, November 6, starting at 6:30 p.m., a group of Prescott High School students will be sharing their experiences of the Lac Du Flambeau reservation. The event is open to the public.

Some of the artwork on currently on display at the Great River Road Visitors and Learning Center during its "Watershed" exhibition. Photos by Jason Strangis

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