Exhibitions
Ron Merchant                Exhibitions
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Born by the River:
People of the Mississippi River Towns
May 3 through December 31, 2006                                                   ARCHIVE
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Artists Initiative Award
Grant Winning Traveling Exhibition

Born by the River:
People of the Mississippi River Towns      May 3 through December 31, 2006

What do people in Minneapolis think about the Mississippi? How is life different in other
Minnesota river towns? Find out as Minnesota opens its doors to host the statewide
traveling art exhibit
Born by the River: People of the Mississippi River Towns. This
exhibit and companion 144 page book by artist Ron Merchant take a fascinating look
into the lives of Minnesotans living by the Mississippi. Through 36 insightful paintings,
over 60 photographs and 26 first person interviews you share in the tales of life by the
river.

Two critical essays by art historian, Rosle B. Ultan, and writer, Britt Aamodt, place the
project in the continuum of Minnesota history and make comparisons to other artists
and writers who influenced this journey.
Born by the River:
People of the
Mississippi River
Towns
invites you
into the lives of
twenty-six people in
eight locations on
the river in
Minnesota. Your
journey starts at the
Headwaters in Itasca
State Park, then
through the towns of
Jacobson, Saint
Cloud and Elk River.
After stopping in the
metropolitan area of
Minneapolis and
Saint Paul, you finish in the historic towns of Red
Wing and Winona. Through his award winning
paintings and interviews, Ron Merchant once again
introduces you to life on the Mississippi.
                              Robbinsdale, Minnesota 55422     763-537-5906

June 29, 2006, through July 29, 2006       
Red Wing Framing Gallery
        419 Main Street
                            Red Wing, Minnesota 55066     651-385-0500

St. James Hotel       406 Main Street
                            Red Wing, Minnesota 55066     651-388-2846
                            www.st-james-hotel.com

Sheldon Theatre    443 West Third Street
                            Red Wing, Minnesota 55066     651-385-3667
                            www.sheldontheatre.org

Best of Times Bookstore         425 West Third Street
                            Red Wing, Minnesota 55066     651-388-1003

Anderson Center for the Arts         163 Tower View Drive
                            Red Wing, Minnesota 55066     651-388-2009
                            www.andersoncenter.org

August 1, 2006, through September 2, 2006       
Minnesota State Arts Board
        400 Sibley Street
                            Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101     651-215-1600
                            www.arts.state.mn.us

Art Resources Gallery       494 JacksonStreet
                            Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101     651-222-4431
                            www.artresourcesgallery.com      
      
Special Event: Panel Discussion
Thursday, August 24, 2006, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The panel will discuss the project,
the book and the art and their
place in Minnesota and art
history. Active participation by the
audience in welcomed.
Free admission.
Minnesota State Arts Board
October 17, 2006, through November 16, 2006
Sherburne County Government Center
       
         13880 Highway 10
                            Elk River, Minnesota 55330     763-241-2700
Sherburne County Government Center
Sherburne County Government Center
To Protect and Serve

Elk River, Minnesota
Special Event: Art Dialog
Friday, November 17, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Hamline University
                       1536 Hewitt Avenue
                       Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104     651-523-2800
                       www.hamline.edu

Hamline University is proud to present a special presentation by art historian and faculty
member Roslye B. Ultan and artist/author Ron Merchant. They will present an analysis  of
contemporary art history and look at how living artists build on the past and form the future
of current art. Drawing on the project
Born by the River: People of the Mississippi River
Towns
, the dialog will illuminate the changes in Minnesotans' connection to the Mississippi
River and the way art has documented and expanded our understanding of the times in
which we live.

After the presentation, an open discussion will enable the audience to reinforce their
connections and share their observations of art and the contributions of artists to the
community.

Free admission.
November 21, 2006, through December 30, 2006
Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
      
       913 West Saint Germain
                        Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301     320-257-3112
                        www.paramountarts.org
Artist Reception:
Thursday, November 30, 2006, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
Paramount Visual Arts Center
oil on canvas
24" x 36"
2005

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

collection of C.F. Born
   Paintings will be delivered in January, 2007.