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Parent Artist Gather

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Rochester Art Center

40 Civic Center Drive Southeast

Rochester, MN 55904

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Rochester Art Center will host monthly gatherings as a way to realize the goals of artist parent Eamon O’Kane’s child oriented interactive art installation, Froebel’s Studio: Institute of Creativity. Bring your children to play and listen to invited parent artists tell their stories about the journey as artists and parents. Eamon O’Kane transformed his art practice when he became a father in order to create an art installation that both young children and their parents could participate in, to use shapes and forms and make art together. Each of the Minnesota creatives invited to speak will discuss how their art practice changed due to becoming a parent. The program is free and open to the public, milk and cookies provided.

Date | Time | Parent Artist Speaker

February 10 | 10AM—Noon | Shah Noor Shafqat

Shah Noor Shafqat has an MFA in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. She has a BFA in Textile Design from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.

Shafqat’s current project ‘Intimate Gravity” is based on the histology of eczema, illuminates how a painful process of intensive motherly care-giving has led to highly personal expressions of beauty and the intimate mother-child relationship.


March 10 | 10AM—Noon | Heather Ritenour-Sampson & Brandon Sampson

Heather Ritenour-Sampson & Brandon Sampson, are multi-passionate musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and parents who are committed to living a creative life. As musicians, they call themselves The Dovetailers, which refers not only to singing songs about love, but also to the concept of dovetailing as verb -- one is always picking up where the other left off -- whether it be driving kids to soccer tournaments or dance class, finishing dinner, or picking up the end of a verse. After close to 15 years of marriage, 3 kids, 2 brick and mortar businesses and a handful of creative side projects, Heather and Brandon see dovetailing as the definition of teamwork, and also love the reference to the woodworking joint that once put together, is so strong it is impossible to pull apart.

They will share stories, songs and insights into living a creative life and raising a creative family -- the sacrifices and the rewards, the chaos and the joy!

April 7 | 10AM—Noon | Jane Wunrow

In 2007 Jane Wunrow received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN. Shortly after graduating she gave birth to her first daughter and decided to take a hiatus from focused art making for the next six years, so that she could focus on raising her three daughters. In 2013 Jane returned to her art with a fresh perspective on life and began creating and exhibiting her work throughout the Midwest. Jane Wunrow is a 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

May 12 | 10AM—Noon | Katya Roberts

Katya Roberts is a Ukrainian born artist living in Rochester, MN. In and through her work, Katya Roberts explores the intangible concepts of the human condition (such as the passage of time and its effects on perspective), as they relate to the geological forces at play in the earth. She creates two-dimensional and three-dimensional works with an ethereal quality. In 2017, Katya Roberts founded the Mayo Family Connections Artist Group and became a summer artist in residence at the Rochester Art Center’s Total Arts Day Camp. She had a winning proposal for an aluminum sculpture titled “Unbroken” as part of the Art4Trails public art series. Recently, Katya Roberts’ installation “Transient Horizons” was on view at the Rochester Art Center as a part of the Southeastern Minnesota juried exhibition titled Locavore.

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