Celebrating our 35th gallery season, the Carnegie Art Center, located in Mankato's Historic Carnegie Library is the region's largest dedicated visual arts gallery with rotating monthly exhibitions,artist studio rental space, education classes and a unique gift shop that connects the community to the work of local and regional artists. Our Gallery and Gift Shop hours: Thursday, 1-7 Friday, 1-4 Saturday, 11-5 The Carnegie is closed one week each month for gallery installation and January for building restoration projects. Beginning June 2016, handicap accessible construction.
Carnegie Art Center: Mid Century Modern and Beyond, Le Ann Gehring-Ryan
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Opening March 5 and running through March 21, 2020, in the Carnegie Art Center's Cook Gallery: Mid Century Modern and Beyond, an exhibition of more than 50 new sterling silver jewelry designs from Le Ann Gehring-Ryan incorporating precious gems and stones such as Boulder Opals, Rhodelite Garnets, Amethysts, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Baroque Akoyo Pearls, with processes such as etching and gilding gold.
“Vision for this body of work is drawn from the spirit of the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Fabrics, wall coverings, the line of a sleek automobile of the era, childhood memories, and the “freedom of the road” compelled my creation.
I work primarily in sterling silver and natural stones. I often add a touch or two of gold for contrast. My process is hand fabrication, focusing on soldering, hammering, stone-setting, fusing and forming. This show features etching experimentation on sterling silver. I have also played with Keum-boo —Korean "attached gold"-- an ancient Korean gilding technique used to apply thin sheets of 24 kt. gold to silver.
Setting a torch to a piece of metal, manipulating its shape and structure is a rewarding process for me to showcase design skills. I strive for simple elegance and strong design in my work.” - Le Ann Gehring-Ryan
North Mankato artist LeAnn Gehring-Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University and studied painting at MSU, Mankato, exhibiting extensively throughout MN.
Gehring-Ryan was the recipient of a 2018 Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Artist Grant with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.
The public is invited to the opening reception Saturday March 7, 3-5 pm.
If you are interested in purchasing work from this exhibition... please contact our gallery staff.
The Carnegie Art Center, Southern Minnesota's largest dedicated visual arts gallery, has provided arts experiences to our community and gallery opportunities for our local and regional artists since 1981.
Gallery and Gift Shop Hours March 5-21, 2020:
Wheelchair accessible with parking and elevator access in the back of the rotunda during open hours. Questions, please call 507-625-2730.