L-R: Benson Ramsey, Mason Jennings


Bears and Stuff

Every Mon. and Fri. from May 12-July 8
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Every Tue., Wed., and Thu. from May 12-July 8
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Every Sat. from May 12-July 8
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Art, Galleries

With over 20 years of music-making and 13 albums to his credit, Mason Jennings is one of the most recognizable voices on the Minnesota music scene. His latest creative endeavor, however, is visual, not sonic. In his debut exhibition, “Bears and Stuff,” Jennings shares a series of large-scale, black-and-white paintings on canvas. The simple, stripped-down depictions of animals and people began as little ink drawings quickly crafted on scrap paper, envelopes, and grocery lists. Joining Jennings in this show is his close friend and fellow musician Benson Ramsey of the Pines. Ramsey is known for songs that evoke the beauty of the natural world, so it’s no surprise that his photography portfolio focuses on stark landscapes captured during daily nature walks. Though Ramsey has shared his work previously on social media and photographed Jennings for the album covers for Always Been (2013) and Wild Dark Metal (2016), this is his first public show as well. Both Jennings and Ramsey are newcomers to their mediums, and bring a beginner’s perspective and subtle playfulness to their art-making.