Dede Leither and Mickey Cunningham have shared the same ground as outdoor painters. This exhibition celebrates familiar views of CSB, SJU and the surrounding countryside as well as two painters who support, invigorate, and inspire each other.
Mickey Cunningham (About the Artist)
Reared in rural and suburban Pennsylvania, Mickey Cunningham is the youngest of eight children. During her favorite childhood game, she and her siblings set up shops of various sorts all around the house. Mickey always chose to be the artist in the garret, pinning her drawings up for sale. At Colby College in Maine, Mickey majored in art and fell in love with plein air painting. During the summer, she attended painting, drawing, and clay modeling classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She received a Master of Arts in art history from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in 1985. For ten years she worked as a curator, specializing in American art and publishing two books in the field. She has won grants for painting from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central Minnesota Arts Board. Mickey is also a part-time instructor of writing and critical thinking at the College of St. Benedict and Saint John's University. She makes her home in Saint Cloud with her husband and two college-aged daughters.
Dede Leither (About the Artist)
I am interested in the tension between the real and the abstract in my work. My concern is less with capturing representational form than with inventing attractive compositions from the shapes, lines, and colors I perceive. I respond to the real world by searching for equivalent sensations in paint, but I often distort or change what I see if intuition or experimentation suggests something else would better serve the whole. I am unconcerned with meticulous detail or high finish. I aim for a spontaneous "alla prima" (all at once) style, yet my paintings are not always made in this fashion. Quite often, I layer color by scumbling, glazing, or scraping. Paint is intrinsically pleasing to me, so I like to accentuate this fact. While my method is trial and error, I strive for a well-structured and chromatically rich composition. I think of this as a quest for aesthetic coherence.
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