New Charter House Parkside Gallery to open Thursday

Rochester artist Philip Taylor

The arts are soaking in to the very fabric of Rochester.

The Charter House senior-living center now plans to open its own, new Parkside Gallery art exhibit with an event 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the facility later that week.

The new gallery will be in the Charter House lobby, near the main entry and Administrative Services.

The gallery will feature local artists for a few months at a time, rotating to a different pair of artists each quarter. It will normally be open to Charter House residents, staff, guests and Mayo Clinic employees. But, quarterly, it will hold special public viewings "recognizing the local artists."

"Many of our residents have a deep appreciation for the arts," said Charter House administrator Tony Enquist. Some have been part of the professional arts scene themselves.


The first two featured artists are Philip Taylor and Bobby Marines.

"My abstract paintings are for the creative intellect," Taylor says in his bio. "Chance, spontaneity, lyrical and rebellious are qualities in the work. Non-idiomatic improvisation and rhythmic motion of the unconscious are how I attack the canvas."

Taylor has lived in Rochester more than 10 years and has shown his work at galleries throughout southeastern Minnesota, selling pieces that are now displayed worldwide.

Marines is a Rochester-based artist whose work is diverse in subject matter, medium and interpretation of life.

"I have been known to make vibrant pieces that emphasize aesthetic appreciation as well as conceptual works that explore a more-cerebral perspective," Marines said.

His clients and collaborators have included Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community (C4), Associated Art Collective (ASCTD-Los Angeles), Starbucks, Rochester Youth Commission, Bravo Espresso, Press Coffee and Tea, Destination Medical Center (DMC), the Rochester Art Center, Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Reverb.MN .

The exhibit, a joint venture with the Rochester Arts and Cultural Collaborative , is intended to increase exposure for local artists like Taylor and Marines.

"We know it gives our folks a chance to take a look at art that they may have not had a chance to have access to otherwise," Enquist said. Guests at the public art show will have the opportunity to hear live harp music.


"We're very excited about it," Engquist said. "I think it will be a really nice event."

The 30th anniversary of Charter House is Saturday.


If you go

What: Art exhibit featuring works by Philip Taylor and Bobby Marines

When: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Charter House, 211 Second St. N.W., Rochester

Information: 507-266-8572,

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