Lanesboro artist to be featured at
Harmony art exhibition this weekend
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:49 AM
When thinking about life, one often dreams of how to live one's best life. The reality is that it rarely meets the dream. Every once in a while, however, one gets to run across one of those folks who finds her dream. Joan "Joni" Finnegan is one of those rare folks who is living the dream, her dream to be a full-time artist.
Joni Finnegan will be the featured artist at a special exhibition being held at QUARTER/quarter in Harmony on Saturday. The show will run from 1 to 4 p.m.
Finnegan is an award-winning local painter whose home and studio are now located in the country between Harmony and Lanesboro. She has been drawn to the creative expression of her art since childhood.
However, life's demands put her dream on the back shelf while raising her two daughters. She owned an art gallery with framing services and taught painting classes for many years while living in Austin.
But now she lives in Fillmore County where she is inspired by the natural beauty of bluff country and doesn't go many days without drawing or painting.
Don't be surprised to find her outdoors at local favorite spots, painting while on a plein air excursion.
Finnegan's current collection of work focuses on studies from nature revealing the softer side of the outdoor world inviting the viewer to walk into her art and experience the moment. She works in both oils and watercolors.
Her artwork is in demand. Her paintings are widely owned, both privately and in the corporate setting. Her artwork has been published in magazines, newspapers and books. Her artwork is for sale at a number of local galleries, as well as online.
Finnegan has received several awards for her works at a number of exhibitions and shows around the Upper Midwest.
Recently, she was honored by being selected for the Festival Committee's Best of Show Award at the 2011 Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove, Wis. One of her images was also selected for the 2012 festival poster. The Driftless Area Art Festival is a highly acclaimed juried celebration of the visual, performance and culinary arts held annually in September.
In August, two of Finnegan's paintings were selected for the limited juried group art show, "Our Minnesota," held at the beautiful Maple Grove Art Center Gallery. Both images, one titled "Apple Lane" and the other "Garden Retreat," were inspired by landscapes from the area. "Garden Retreat" was painted in the Fillmore garden of Loni Kemp and Dick Nethercut.
In September, Finnegan demonstrated her awe-inspiring plein air painting techniques before the Harmony Garden Club, hosted by Cindy Ofstedal.
The Harmony Arts Board is hosting an art show featuring the paintings of Joni Finnegan on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at QUARTER/quarter Restaurant, at 25 East Center Street in Harmony.
The upcoming art show is titled "Paths Less Taken" and promises to be a delightful event. Chef Stephen Larson will serve a selection of complimentary gourmet appetizers throughout the afternoon, accompanied by QUARTER/quarter's wonderful coffee. The wine bar will be open should one want to purchase a beverage. Chef Larson is the celebrity chef featured on the KSMQ public television station's "Garden Connections" series. The free appetizers will be served courtesy of the Harmony Arts Board.
Meet Finnegan and feel free to ask her about her plein air excursions.
Come enjoy some wonderful visual and culinary treats, some of the best to be found anywhere.