August 17, 2018: PDD asks about our nearly complete first year

August 17, 2018: PDD asks about our nearly complete first year

Thanks to Perfect Duluth Day for asking about our first year in Duluth.

Link to it here

New essay by James Martin

New essay by James Martin

In conjunction with James Brinsfield - A Twenty Year Retrospective, James Martin has written a thoughtful essay about the work and how Brinsfield's abstract painting has cultural relevancy.  We invite you to read the essay at this link.

Tara Austin joins the Gallery!

Tara Austin joins the Gallery!

Great news - artist Tara Austin joins the Gallery!  For now we give you a brief introduction to her work - Stemline, 48" x 48" is at right.  Her approach is both traditional and contemporary as she paints and reverse side paints on both glass and plexiglass.  We will post more information about Tara and her work on our Artist pages in the near future.

Kansas City trip - Brinsfield, Kottmann, Rosser, Woodfill

Kansas City trip - Brinsfield, Kottmann, Rosser, Woodfill

We had a great trip to KC in early June to pick up the work for James Brinsfield - A Twenty Year Retrospective.  We visited with James Martin who is writing an essay for the show; visited Anxious Abstraction at the Nerman Museum with James B and got a personal tour of the show he is in.  We also had good, if short, studio visits with Don Kottmann to see several new paintings he is working on; Warren Rosser who shared some new digital work and new paintings and we brought back some small works.  And a good visit with Jim Woodfill to see some new work including some colorful "box" paintings.  And of course, had a couple opportunities for good BBQ. 

June 23, 2018: James Brinsfield: Retrospective

June 23, 2018: James Brinsfield: Retrospective

We open James Brinsfield, a retrospective of work over the past 20 years, to the public on June 23.  We will be heading down to Kansas City to select the work for this exhibition late this month.  This will be an interesting exhibition to see the evolution of this painter's work over a long period, and we will bring out some gems not seen in public for a long time.

Jim is currently part of "Anxious Abstraction" at the Nerman Museum (see News item below).  He is painting a new work for the exhibition as the painting at right (detail shown) is going to a collection in Houston.

May 21, 2018: Fox News interview, Sweep/Brinsfield/Duluth Arts Walk

May 21, 2018: Fox News interview, Sweep/Brinsfield/Duluth Arts Walk

Another FOX interview for JNG, thanks Natalie.  This time we cover why you should attend the last two weeks of Sweep / Tim White / Allen Killian-Moore; the upcoming Brinsfield retrospective, and the Downtown Duluth Arts walk initiative.  (You may have to see a 15 second ad at the beginning - apologies).

May 19, 2018:  Allen Killian-Moore and Tim White artist discussion

May 19, 2018: Allen Killian-Moore and Tim White artist discussion

Allen and Tim had a great discussion of their respective work at the gallery on May 19, 2018 with each other of the commonalities and contrasts (Allen - art film; Tim - new photographs) on display through May at JNG.  A dialogue between the "still" and "moving" image, silence and sound.  Hope you joined us and brought your questions.  We will release parts of the great discussion over time.

March 14, 2018 (posted April 7): Cary Esser and Marcus Cain Review

March 14, 2018 (posted April 7): Cary Esser and Marcus Cain Review

A review by Elisabeth Kirsch in KC Studio magazine of a recent two person exhibition at Sherry Leedy with new work by Cary Esser and Marcus Cain.

March 26, 2018:  Matthew Kluber interview in Voyage LA

March 26, 2018: Matthew Kluber interview in Voyage LA

A good interview with Matthew on his influences and process.  We are looking forward to his solo exhibition at the gallery in summer 2019.

Opening April 21, 2018: Allen Killian-Moore film

Opening April 21, 2018: Allen Killian-Moore film

Allen Killian-Moore will open his film "Permanent State of Exception" on April 21 at JNG.  The film includes a commissioned musical score by Andy McCormick of the ensemble "Dreamland Faces" to accompany his film's visual and sound design elements. At right, Allen works on the installation.

Tim White will also exhibit new photographs opening on April 21.

March 21, 2018: James Brinsfield in "Anxious Abstraction"

March 21, 2018: James Brinsfield in "Anxious Abstraction"

"Anxious times breed anxious art..." writes Alice Thorson about this six person group exhibit "Anxious Abstraction" at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas.  Mr. Brinsfield is one of six national artists included in the exhibition.  At right is a detail of "Blue Vase" 2017, one of Brinsfield's included paintings.  A link to the Nerman exhibition page is below.

February 16, 2018: Fox News interview about Sweep

February 16, 2018: Fox News interview about Sweep

Thanks to Natalie Froistad of Duluth Fox21 News interviewing gallery manager Amanda Hunter and director Joe Nease about the current Sweep painting exhibition.

February 2018: Joe and Karen are interviewed for Making it up North series

February 2018: Joe and Karen are interviewed for Making it up North series

Thanks to Karen Sunderman for covering the gallery and Karen's art on WDSE TV.  Below is link to WDSE page, in turn takes you to the YouTube version of the interview.

January 9, 2018: Arts writers visit Duluth and JNG

January 9, 2018: Arts writers visit Duluth and JNG

It was wonderful having author and arts writer Alicia Eler drop by the gallery recently.  Alicia was at the Duluth Art Institute to discuss her new book The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture. She is also the visual art critic at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Dec 5: Follow-up coverage in Business North

Dec 5: Follow-up coverage in Business North

Thanks to Business North for covering our progress thus far and upcoming plans.

View from Director's office: Artist Bookshelf, and a view sliver of Wayfinding, Christmas tree in progress.

November 16: Cary Esser artist page added

November 16: Cary Esser artist page added

We have also just added an artist page for Cary Esser with images of her Parfleche work and bio, enjoy.

November 14: Marcus Cain artist page added

November 14: Marcus Cain artist page added

We have added an artist page for Marcus Cain with images and bio; take a look.

October 18: Ribbon cutting!

October 18: Ribbon cutting!

We had a great turnout today for our ribbon cutting with Mayor Larson, local and regional press, and local public.  Thank you to all.  Two days before our official opening which also had a great turnout!

October 10: A great visit with Marcus Cain

October 10: A great visit with Marcus Cain

Marcus Cain, a friend, artist, and KCAI alumni development manager paid us a visit and headed back to Kansas City today.  Marcus brought up nine great paintings, a few of which we will exhibit during our inaugural show opening next week.  Our development manager, Jim Goodman, accompanied us and took this picture of Marcus (left), Karen Nease (center) and Joe Nease at Duluth's Enger Park overlooking the Duluth harbor on a blustery October 9th day.

October 7: 2 weeks to go, Duluth News Tribune covers JNG

October 7: 2 weeks to go, Duluth News Tribune covers JNG

We have two weeks before we open!  Thank you to DNT and Christa Lawler for writing about us.  Below is a link to the article.

September 29: Don Kottmann showing at JNG

September 29: Don Kottmann showing at JNG

Our Kansas City trip this month included a great studio visit with Don Kottmann and we brought back some brand new paintings.

Pictured is Don next to a new painting acquired by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS.

September 26: Rachel Hayes returns from Milan

September 26: Rachel Hayes returns from Milan

Rachel Hayes has had some great success with images on Instagram.  She has just returned from Italy after installing a piece for a significant Angela Missoni fashion event.  That is Rachel's piece overhead.

September 21: McTavish updates her website.

September 21: McTavish updates her website.

Gives a great intro to her chance work opening at the Tweed Museum on October 19.

Go to the website

September 14: Business North covers the gallery

September 14: Business North covers the gallery

Business North, a great monthly publication covering business in the northeast MN and northwest WI region covered our upcoming gallery opening.  Thanks to BN and Sheryl Jensen.

September 10 - 12: Trip No. 2 to KC for studio visits and to bring back some more great work.

September 10 - 12: Trip No. 2 to KC for studio visits and to bring back some more great work.

UPDATE 9/13: Back with some brand new work from James Brinsfield, Cary Esser, Don Kottmann, Heidi Pollard, Warren Rosser, and James Woodfill.

September 1: KC Studio covers the gallery

September 1: KC Studio covers the gallery

James Martin wrote a nice article about us in the current issue of KC Studio.  See page 38.  Thank you James and editor Alice Thorson.

New images added

New images added

We continue to bring work into the gallery and have another trip scheduled to Kansas City next month to pick up work for our first exhibit and our inventory.  The work at right is a recent arrival from James Brinsfield, Starry Divide, 36" x 30", oil and enamel on panel, 2017.

August 16: Matthew Kluber visits

August 16: Matthew Kluber visits

Matthew Kluber visited us and delivered two paintings for our upcoming Three States inaugural exhibition of which he is a part.  We had a little time to spend at the big lake.

August 4: Kathy McTavish's chance at Tweed nearly ready.

August 4: Kathy McTavish's chance at Tweed nearly ready.

We have uploaded some new videos on her Artist page.

Gallery featured in Perfect Duluth Day

Gallery featured in Perfect Duluth Day

A nice article about us posted recently on Perfect Duluth Day

Tim White NEMBA book award

Tim White NEMBA book award

Tim White received a NEMBA (Northeast Minnesota Book Award) award earlier this year.  Last night (July 24) was the award ceremony where Mr. White spoke and answered questions about his winning book of photographs paired with local writers entitled In and Out of Context, and his upcoming book North to a full house.  (the full image of the awards announcement is on Mr. White's artist page).

Kathy McTavish "chance" exhibit at the Tweed Museum progress

Kathy McTavish "chance" exhibit at the Tweed Museum progress

Kathy McTavish has been hard at work this spring and summer (2017) installing her solo work "chance" in the Sax Galllery at the Tweed Museum. The public is invited to preview it, starting August while she continues to adjust and enhance it, as she may do during its planned 12 month run. Save October 19, 6-8 pm to come celebrate the opening.

July 23: Back in Duluth with some of the first art work

July 23: Back in Duluth with some of the first art work

Arrived safely back in Duluth with the first of many art works that will be here when we open after a hot and productive week in Kansas City.  We have four recent paintings by James Brinsfield, five recent paintings by Eric Sall, and two recent paintings from the newest artist we are working with, Warren Rosser.  See our updated Artist page.  We had five very interesting studio visits during the trip.

coming this fall - inauguration of the Minnesota Art Wall

coming this fall - inauguration of the Minnesota Art Wall

On the side of our gallery building, we will add a nice gallery sign, but the big news is that we are creating the Minnesota Art Wall as well.  It will show an art work of a curated artist the first year, and will be a juried, curated competition in later editions, showing one artist's work each time as currently envisioned.  The Art Wall will be managed and curated by gallery staff, but will not necessarily be of an artist affiliated with the gallery.  The location is very visible on busy, one-way W. First Street.  The image is a rough mockup of the idea in progress.  We will share the first artist selected in the near future. UPDATE: The Art Wall will come in 2018.

July 19 - 22: Heading to KC for some studio visits and to bring back some art!

July 19 - 22: Heading to KC for some studio visits and to bring back some art!

Will be in KC for a few days visiting gallery artists, some others, seeing a few exhibitions including summer group shows and Kemper Museum's Magnetic Fields, and bringing back some good pieces for the gallery.  More trips to come before we open.  A detail of Cary Esser's Veil 16-2-1 is at right.

July 6: More Gallery progress :)

July 6: More Gallery progress :)

The interior renovation work is moving along and the space is taking shape.  Soon we will be making a trip to Kansas City, bringing back some great work and will share that with you in a few weeks.

Rachel Hayes: Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom I Showcase

Rachel Hayes: Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom I Showcase

Rachel is the first featured artist at Oklahoma Contemporary's new Showroom I Showcase in Oklahoma City.  Her installation Test Patterns has been acquired by a significant collector.

July 5: Back to work - Interior work in progress!

July 5: Back to work - Interior work in progress!

Interior material delivery started on June 21 and work started shortly after.  All the "stud" walls are up now and door openings cut in, so the space is starting to take shape.  More progress!

Past Exhibitions - Not big news, but news - June 18.

Past Exhibitions - Not big news, but news - June 18.

We are slowly adding some content to our past (Joseph Nease Gallery in Kansas City) exhibitions on our Exhibitions page.  Hope you find some of those previous exhibitions interesting and some context for those artists we continue to work with.

UPDATE: Gallery Progress Update June 17

UPDATE: Gallery Progress Update June 17

Finally, we got our building permit on June 16 - Interior renovation work to start soon - on our way to a great exhibition space.  New roof installation started on June 5 and just some detail work remaining; the building is now weather tight.  Before you know it, walls, track lights, and artwork will start coming in.

June 10: Kathy McTavish at 2017 Northern Spark

June 10: Kathy McTavish at 2017 Northern Spark

Kathy participated in the 2017 Northern Spark event in Minneapolis / St. Paul.  We have uploaded a new video work sample from her on her gallery page that can also be accessed from the Vimeo link below.  For more information about the event, go to https://2017.northernspark.org/

Vimeo link https://vimeo.com/220385055

June 5: Heidi Pollard to show at JNG

June 5: Heidi Pollard to show at JNG

We are very pleased that Heidi Pollard, New Mexico artist and 2016 Joan Mitchell grant awardee, will be showing work at the gallery this fall. We look forward to our new relationship.

Heidi's website is http://heidipollard.com

June 2: Rachel Hayes became part of the Gallery

June 2: Rachel Hayes became part of the Gallery

Rachel Hayes, a nationally recognized artist that creates painterly fabric structures from intimate to the massive scale, will start showing work at the gallery this fall.  Rachel showed at JNG in Kansas City early in her career with two solo shows.  We introduce her to this area by showing some interesting, modest size, wall works that relate to her large scale work.  Rachel was busy early summer 2017in San Francisco installing a major piece in a major permanent collection.

Her website is at http://www.rachelbhayes.com

Building Permit!

Building Permit!

We worked hard with our architect to get our building permit.  Who knew it would be this complicated.  It was sorted out soon and then we were on our way to a great exhibition space.  New roof installation is complete.  We will respect and take care of this great 1916 building.

James Brinsfield

James Brinsfield

Interview by Dr. David Cateforis

2017

Mr. Brinsfield will have his first exhibition at JNG V2.0 in Duluth, MN in early summer 2018.  Prior to that, stop in and see some of his work already in the gallery.  For some background, see the 2011 interview of Mr. Brinsfield with Dr. David Cateforis.

A cropped studio view at right from late 2016 with work in progress.

Kathy McTavish

Kathy McTavish

2017

Kathy McTavish will have a solo exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth opening in October, 2017.

At right is a cropped screen capture from of her chance sketch coding pieces, 2017.

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