Artists present exhibit at Anoka gallery

The work of two area artists will be on display at an Anoka gallery next month.

“The Roost” by Emily Gray Koehler. Photo submitted

“The Roost” by Emily Gray Koehler. Photo submitted

“Wood and Fire” features the work of Emily Gray Koehler and Chad Jerzak. It runs Oct. 5 through 31 at Krista Artista Gallery, 118 E. Main St., Anoka.

An opening reception is planned Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Gray Koehler is a White Bear Lake artist who will be displaying  color-reduction woodcuts, monotypes and collagraphs.

“The work is tree and forest related, exploring the ideas of time, seasons and land use,” she said.

Gray Koehler said that she investigates the places she calls home through dramatic landscapes and intimate portraits of the natural world.

She was born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan and the arts and the natural world have long been a part of Gray Koehler’s life.

The forest and her family’s farm provided plenty for her young mind to investigate. After studying in the arts program at Grand Valley State University, Gray Koehler said she found prints to be an engaging way of expressing her ideas.

Recently her work has focused on regional environmental and modern land use concerns.

Gray Koehler said she has sought to develop a dialogue between the viewer and the natural world through colorful woodcuts and collagraphs.

Coon Rapids resident Jerzak will display his Raku and barrel fired ceramic art.

“I create ceramic art which is born out of a desire to explore what I can do with clay,” he said. “This handmade Raku and barrel fired pottery is designed and intended to create a mysterious presence.”

Jerzak has been creating pottery for over 25 years after developing an interest in clay work during high school.

At 16, Jerzak began working with ceramic artist and art educator James Loso, who he credits with teaching Jerzak most of what he knows today about clay and firing.

Working with Loso taught me much in the way of not only refined form and creating well thrown pots, but also a lot about design, Jerzak said.

Today Jerzak teaches art to middle school students in Elk River.

Krista Artista is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, call 763-421-7588 or visit www.kristaartistagallery.com. Information about Gray Koehler is available at www.studioegk.com. More information about Jerzak is available at www.chadjerzakpottery.com.

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