Lanesboro Arts presents “The Edge of Familiar,” an exhibition of pastels by Linda Ricklefs Baudry. The exhibit opens Saturday, August 17th, 2019 and runs through October 13th, 2019. Always free and open to the public, Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open seven days a week.
The exhibit focuses on emotional exploration and connection with the natural world, and springs from Linda’s fascination with the idea of edges. As she puts it, “Edges are where and how we define something. The familiar is what is known, the unknown is beyond, and it’s often how we embrace that edge that may help determine how we deal with change in life.” Through an exploration and interrogation of material and emotional boundaries, she encourages people to look beyond the surfaces of their lives and, in her words, “find some inner heartbeat to celebrate and embrace.”
Linda’s artistic process is deeply rooted in an awareness of the natural world, and she is continually intrigued by nature’s dual aspects of fragility and strength. Her work expresses deep emotions using the language of nature, blurring the boundaries between her own consciousness and her environment.
The color, texture, and unique intimacy of pastels are what drew Linda to the medium. Her use of pastels also functions as an externalization of her self-reflection process. Linda explains that “Building up layers of pastel is much like building up (and at times exposing) layers of experience and memory in life.”
Linda Ricklefs Baudry’s studio is currently located in Saint Paul, and her work is available for view on her website: studiolrb.com
This exhibit is sponsored by Commonweal Theatre and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.