Studio crawl entices folks to meander, discover, cherish art work of all sorts

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With bold color and energetic brush strokes Anton Horishnyk creates larger-than-life images and entices viewers’ rapt attention to his original paintings.

Original oil painting by Jan Johansen, Studio C, 111 Harrison St., Anoka.
Original oil painting by Jan Johansen, Studio C, 111 Harrison St., Anoka.

Diagnosed with narcolepsy at the age of 14, Horishnyk abandoned his dream of becoming a graphic artist.

“Sitting at a desk for long hours won’t work for me,” he said.

Still, he couldn’t deny the passion he felt creating artwork and knew his future lie in painting.

Today, Horishnyk creates bold and colorful paintings of iconic people that many generations know and love.

“I also paint pictures of people who aren’t famous – that is until I transform their image on canvas,” he said. “My art will continue to evolve and hopefully, will be appreciated and make people smile.”

This year, Horishnyk’s artwork is among  a collection of the work of 28 local artists on display 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 2 and 3 during the 18th annual North Artists Studio Crawl.

Art lovers are invited to explore the work of locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists on a self-guided tour of 14 open studios in Anoka County during the Crawl. Working art demonstrations will be going on at many of the studios and samples of each artist’s artwork will be for sale at all locations.

Art Crawl studios exhibit an eclectic mix of artwork in a variety of media including paintings, wildlife art, pastels, pottery, garden art, art glass, iron sculpture, weaving, jewelry and more.

Horishnyk’s paintings will be featured at Studio H, 17527 Xenia St. NW, Andover.

In addition to Andover, other studios are located in Anoka, Ramsey, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Ham Lake, East Bethel and the surrounding areas.

Admission is free and signs will be posted at street corners for easy direction to each studio.

A printable map as well as information and samples of each artist’s work can be found at NASCrawl.org.

In addition, organizers invite people to get a sneak peek at the Art Crawl on You Tube and Facebook. Just drop “North Artists Studio Crawl” into the search box to see some of the artists at work.

“The Studio Crawl helps build awareness of the visual arts in the northern suburbs, provides a venue for artists to interact with the public and each other and exhibit their work, and it gives people in the community an opportunity to see the beautiful artwork created by local artists within the community,” said Cherene Bebeau, who helped organize the Crawl this year.

The North Artists Studio Crawl is presented in conjunction with Artists del Norte and the Anoka County Arts Alliance.

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