Collaborative art show blends watercolor, acrylics

A lovely blend of organic watercolor and textured acrylics adorn the walls of Blaine City Hall during the Feb. 3-28 collaborative art show.

Julia Jaakola’s watercolor paintings reveal the beauty of Minnesota’s four seasons and are on display during Blaine Art Council’s February art show at Blaine City Hall. Acrylic works by Donna Jean Carver are also part of the collaborative art show.

Julia Jaakola’s watercolor paintings reveal the beauty of Minnesota’s four seasons and are on display during Blaine Art Council’s February art show at Blaine City Hall. Acrylic works by Donna Jean Carver are also part of the collaborative art show.Photos courtesy of Blaine Arts Council

Works created by Julia Jaakola, of Anoka, and Donna Jean Carver, of Willmar, bring color and light, history and life to the canvas.

“As long as I can remember I have had the urge to create. For me the act of creating something of beauty is sheer joy,” said Carver. “Recently I have gone back to my rural farmer’s daughter roots. I have designed many acrylic paintings of animals and farm scenes, real and imagined from my childhood growing up on a farm. There is a series of paintings done on recycled denim which people seem to like very much.”

Jaakola describes her watercolor work and the inspiration behind it.

“I respect the works of the watercolor purest, however, I am driven to describe nature in its most accurate form,” she said. “Therefore, incorporating different elements into my art helps me to communicate texture and a feeling or message to the viewer.”

“Art, for me, is an exhilarating journey into color and time, which results in peace, comfort and joy. My love for nature, all wild creatures and our earth’s beautiful places keeps me constantly inspired and drives me to protect and renew our connection to the natural environment.”

Jaakola’s work can also be seen at Krista Artista Gallery, Anoka, and she’s created two- and three-dimensional works for Zion Lutheran Church the past five consecutive years.

Blaine Art Council’s collaborative art show is open for public viewing at Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Dr. NE, during regular business hours. Jaakola’s watercolor paintings are on display on the first floor, Carver’s acrylics on the second floor.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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