ARTISTS RECEPTION • Bonnie DuFresne & Gareth Andrews!

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We are so excited to Open Lyric’s First Stage Art Gallery with two extraordinary Artists!

Bonnie DuFresne of Gilbert is a self-taught watercolor artist who has exhibited widely across northern Minnesota.  Her work depicts those things and creatures you would find nearby on the Iron Range, and also wild horses and buffalo from her travels to South Dakota.  When Bonnie isn’t busy driving school bus she spends her time in her home studio painting and framing her work.  She has been a regular at many of the area art fairs and is missing the interaction with people while those gatherings have been canceled due to the pandemic.

Gareth Andrews grew up on woodland farms in northern Minnesota.  Inspired first by his father’s and grandfather’s artistry, he continued to explore the arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  He trekked North and South America and toured Europe before exploring Alaska for a decade, sculpting, painting, and doing historical restorations for the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks. Minnesota’s Iron Range is now home to Gareth and his wife Carol.  Public installations of his art on the Iron Range include the Iron Range Veteran’s Memorial “Shoulder to Shoulder Even the Fallen Stand Tall”, Virginia, the bronze sculpture “Legacy of Learners” at Hibbing Community College, and “Passing Torch”, a memorial in bronze relief for Virginia Regional Medical Center. He joined forces with friend and fellow sculptor, Byron Kesanen, to create “The Sawyer”, for Rotary Park, Virginia. A seasoned lecturer and illustrator, Gareth has shown his award winning work in museums, galleries, and exhibits from coast to coast for more than 30 years.

The exhibit, “Animals and Birds” opens July 3 and runs through August 1.