Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From the Great Lake to Minneapolis: Dana Teske Makes Art from Driftwood and Other Found Objects

Dana Teske just came back from  two weeks on Lake Superior where she collected driftwood and other objects to make ten new mixed media assemblages. “Wow, it is so awesome to be on her shores using her ‘pieces’ of artwork to create my own. It feeds my soul,” she says. 

Dana creates mixed media artworks with found objects, “such as driftwood or shells or broken coffee cups.” She also makes mobiles from driftwood, and paints on canvas with acrylics.

This will be Dana’s third LoLa art crawl. She’ll be showing in her backyard along with painter Jennifer Gilles. “I have always been in my backyard which has a lovely deck; we always serve fresh popped popcorn!”

What inspires/informs your art?
My mother-in-law lives on the south shore of Lake Superior and I have the profound fortune of watching that beautiful body of water; we walk a five-mile beach and that is when I started to fall in love with driftwood!  Nature has its way with each piece turning it into its own art.  I just had to find some way to use it in my artwork and that is where I am now.

What do you like about LoLa?
I love LoLa.  It has been a great way for me to get connected to what is going on out there for artists!  And I love to be able to show my artwork in my yard.

Are you doing anything special for Lola?
Yes we will be serving fresh popped popcorn and lemonade.

Look for art crawl maps in early August at Longfellow area businesses and later in the month on the LoLa website.

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