With talented artists as varied as Tina Blondell and Frank Gaard working in the genre, it's interesting to see how portrait paintings, once viewed as dated, are flourishing in the Twin Cities. The work of Kristie Bretzke is another example of this expansion. Her latest show, "Eye of the Beholder," will feature portraits and landscapes with a fresh and modern spin. Much like Gaard, Bretzke takes friends and family as her subject matter, including friend/sculptor Louis "Red" Koelnau and her son Joe. These works have an intimate and personal quality to them. However, her landscape series, dubbed "poolscapes," features empty swimming pools in urban areas. Unlike her pieces featuring people, these works contain a quiet, stark, loneliness. You can compare and contrast at the opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
May 12-June 9, 2012