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The current Söntés Fall/Winter Gallery Exhibition includes the work of eleven talented artists from our region, had chosen to showcase their work at Söntés. The exhibit will run through the end of the year, and all of the artwork is for sale.

In their own words, artists HeeJune Shin, David Tache, and J.M. Thompson discuss their work and what inspires them:

HeeJune Shin

HeeJune Shin

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, I came to the U.S.A. to study nutrition. With a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, I am now pursuing the study of painting. Receiving McKnight Established Artist Grant in 2012 was an encouragement.

I consider myself a colorist in the tradition of Monet-Hawthorne-Hensche. Colorists attempt to create an illusion of realities in colors emphasizing the light key in which they are seen. I have sought this visual realism through years of painting en plein air, striving for finer color quality and truer interpretation. I mostly use a palette knife that produces not only immediacy of strokes but also a variety of textures and expressions.

David Tache

David Tache

Wide, detailed panoramas, especially landscapes, have a special place in my photography. I find them well suited to the rolling countryside and bluffscapes of the driftless area, where they reveal the relationship of natural and constructed elements in a landscape. But panoramas introduce technical and visual complexities, and the challenge is often to find the right light and vantage point to position detailed elements of a landscape properly to tell a story, in a way that draws the viewer.

A panorama is usually composed of 5-15 separate images, sometimes more. Photographing a panorama is fast-paced and success is not guaranteed. Generally I try to make panoramas that can stand up to the greatest enlargement, and to lengthy inspection.

J.M. Thompson
JM Thompson

In this digital age, speed and convenience seem to have trumped all.  We demand immediate information, constant connections, instant gratification and computer-enhanced everything. Art, however, is best done thoughtfully. That’s why I prefer to do my photography unplugged, using a film camera on a tripod and printing the negatives in my darkroom on silver-gelatin paper. Because the process from visualizing the image to exposing the negative, developing the film, and enlarging the print by hand is such a drawn out affair, it forces me to attend to detail each step along the way. 

All of the Söntés Fall/Winter Gallery Exhibition artwork is for sale, and as we are closing our doors January 1 to prepare for our next culinary endeavor, the Grand Rounds Brew Pub, time is of the essence for purchasing this amazing artwork. Get it while you can, as a treat to yourself or for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life!

Reminder: For your New Year’s Eve reservations, call us at 507.292.1628. For Chef Alex’s NYE Menu, click here

~ Söntés Guest Blogger Jody Brown is a writer, author, poet, and traveler.