Current Exhibition

Shifting Horizons

New Paintings by Patrick K. Pryor

October 31 - November 28, 2015

Artist Reception and Kolman & Pryor Gallery 5th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, November 7, 6-8 p.m.

Abstract painter and Kolman & Pryor Gallery artist and co-owner, Patrick K. Pryor, extends his investigation into the evolving mysteries of mutable landscapes with an exhibition of new paintings. With his new series of paintings, Pryor ventures into a slightly broader color palette and sense of representation with work inspired by Lake Michigan. More specifically, the work reflects his recent visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which President Obama signed into law as a wilderness area on March 13, 2014.

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Upcoming Exhibition


New Ceramics by Ernest Miller

December 4, 2016 - January 2, 2016

Opening Reception

Friday, December 4, 7-10 p.m.

Minneapolis ceramicist and Kolman & Pryor Gallery artist, Ernest Miller, ushers in the holiday season at the gallery with a new collection of vases, cups, plates, bowls, teapots, and abstracted objects influenced by Midwestern rural heritage. A-Traction is inspired by modern ideals and Miller’s appreciation of tradition. “My aesthetic comes from a philosophy of a needs society rather than a wants society,” Miller says. “In other words, objects around us should serve a need... Architectural structures like barns and silos had a purpose. Equipment like a tractor serves a need. Designers who created these things are some of my favorite ‘artists.’ So I’ve taken these hearty design aesthetics and applied them to my work.”


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Art Up-Cycle

A Holiday Reuse Art Event

December 3, 2015 through January 2, 2016

During this holiday season, Kolman & Pryor Gallery invites the community to bring its unloved, neglected and unwanted paintings to the gallery for a future exhibition and up-cycling event. Kolman & Pryor Gallery will pay $1 for each painting on stretched canvas or on wood panel—framed or unframed. In Spring 2016, the gallery will announce a future exhibition of the same works up-cycled and re-created by Kolman & Pryor Gallery artists, Patrick K. Pryor and Jodi Reeb.

Drop-off Dates

Thursday, December 3 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 2 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

“I was originally inspired by stories of Halloween candy buy-back programs where dentists pay per pound for the Halloween candy kids collect,” explains Pryor, gallery co-owner and curator, who with Reeb, originated the idea for the buy-back and future exhibition. “The candy buyback idea reinforces a healthy lifestyle choice, but doesn’t detract from the fun children experience dressing up and getting candy from neighbors during Halloween.”

“Similarly,” Pryor continues, “Art Up-Cycle gives new life and purpose to unwanted or neglected art. We’d like art collectors to donate their undated canvases in lieu of sending them to the landfill or selling them at a garage sale or consignment shop. We’d also love artists and art students to give us their unwanted or failed artworks on canvas so the work doesn’t end up in the waste stream.”

After January 2, which is the end of the buy-back period, Pryor and Reeb will investigate ways to re-use the canvases. Drawing from their distinctive artistic methodologies and use of materials, Pryor and Reeb will utilize the existing canvases as the foundations for new artworks that incorporate and build on their current artistic practices. Any stretched canvases or paintings on wood panel not up-cycled will be donated to Free Arts Minnesota.

“The innovative program gives artists and collectors an opportunity to visit the Kolman & Pryor Gallery, drop off their unloved canvases and discover the works of art currently on exhibition in the gallery,” says Anita Sue Kolman, gallery co-owner. “We’re not at all about judging the work people bring in, but about encouraging artists and collectors to think about a new creative future for the works that no longer speak to them.”

Shifting Horizons Covered by CityPages

If you want to learn more about the backstory and how Patrick K. Pryor created his paintings for Shifting Horizons, take a look at Joseph Buchholz’s CityPages article, PATRICK PRYOR RESHAPES MEMORIES THROUGH PAINTING Thank you, Joseph Buchholz, and, CityPages, for the terrific article,