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Oil Painter Amanda Orth was chosen for the Söntés Spring/Summer Gallery Exhibition for her boldly-colored paintings depicting tropical flowers.Orth A_lisianthus_blue

“All of my work thus far has been inspiration of my own,” Orth says of her work. “But I’m open to doing custom work with the right subject matter.”

Being creative began at an early age for Orth. Born and raised in rural South Dakota, she found helping her mother craft and decorate Christmas cookies enjoyable. She honed her creative skills by advancing in art classes and private lessons. She graduated from Alexandria Technical College where she majored in Communication Art, Design and Multimedia, and where she received two Student AdFed awards for Graphic Design.

Her first job out of college was as a Graphic Designer at a Spirit Lake, Iowa newspaper where she re-designed their logo. Craving a new adventure, she relocated to Rochester, Minnesota, where she put her skills to use as a Daube’s Cake Decorator.

Orth E_ranunculus_orangeJasper’s was home to her premier display of paintings, and it resulted in her first sale. Orth then went on to become a Featured Artist at the first show she participated in, at the Mantorville Marigold Days in 2012. Dunn Brothers North has featured her paintings for their Artist of the Month, and she’s recently been accepted to feature her work at Broadway Jewelry & Visual Arts. In addition, Orth competes regularly for her cake design work and has won numerous awards, including two Gold and Peoples and Judge’s Choice Awards from the Upper Midwest Bakery Association, and 3rd Place at the beginner level from the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show.

“I like the idea of offering my art exclusively for the residents of Rochester and its visitors,” says Orth.

The Söntés Spring/Summer Gallery Exhibition (S/SGE) will be displayed at Söntés through September, with more than 80 pieces of art for sale. Wander. Absorb. Our house is your house.

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