Each year the Frykmans choose artists whose work will be displayed and offered for sale in the Art of the Elements Gallery. This year, the artists will be selling their work directly through their own online sites.
Sharon and Steve would like to highlight the online presences of these talented artists in the 2020 Fall Studio Tour. Below is a brief bio about each artist who was going to be featured at the gallery this year.
Please make your next stop on the Fall Studio Tour one of the online galleries of the very talented artists whose contact information is below.
Ceramics & Pottery
Based in Grand Marais, MN
Natalie Sobanja is a ceramic artist working primarily with stoneware clay. She is influenced and inspired by nature and its many elements, patterns, and textural qualities of nature.
Along with the her functional work, Natalie creates lidded vessels intended to be both functional and artistic. She often includes pieces of driftwood and stones to form the handle of these jars.
Natalie provides exquisite tiny lidded pots to the Frykmans. The pots are then filled with Helan salve wildcrafted by their friend Teresa Wolfe and sold at Art of the Elements Gallery.
Sterling Silver, Brass, Gold, Stone
Based in Ely, MN
Brittany’s work is a balanced juxtaposition of bold geometric shapes and intricate organic forms. It reflects her own history of living in Minneapolis before settling in Ely.
Drawing on her dozen years as a custom jeweler in Minneapolis, she developed a technique to carve red hot silver into tiny pieces of the North Shore’s forest floor, including mushrooms, mosses, and lichens. These are paired with hand forged sterling silver, brass, or gold. Her work also features a variety of hand cut local stones.
The result is sophisticated and unique. Each piece is completely hand made and one of a kind.
Paul Bondhus of Stone Gardens
Stone, Wood, Metal
Based in the Twin Cities
Paul Bondhus works primarily in stone and wood. You may have seen him and his functional stone sculptures at various art fairs throughout the state.
Each stone is chosen for properties including shape, texture, and color. Paul’s technique draws out the stone’s existing personality by enhancing its unique qualities and presence.
Paul’s finished pieces range from whimsical stone faces to Ikebana-inspired stone vases. The faces are designed to be mounted on metal posts outdoors and are meant to grow in beauty and character as they weather and age, exposed to the elements year-round. The stone vases are breathtaking and make a stunning display as a vessel for fresh or dried arrangements.
Paul Bondhus is Steve’s closest friend from childhood. Paul does not currently have a web site.
Based in Lutsen, MN
Bryan Hansel is an award-winning professional landscape photographer and outdoor educator.
Bryan has over 30 years of photography experience with over 100 publication credits from publications such as:
– National Geographic
– Outdoor Photographer
– Lake Superior Magazine
– Ocean Paddler
– Canoe and Kayak Magazine
– Backpacker Magazine
Bryan Hansel lives just down the the road from the Frykmans’ home and studio.
Clay Sculptures and Pottery
Based in Thunder Bay, Canada
Lara believes wholeheartedly that the objects we interact with most every day should be beautiful, functional, and pleasurable to use.
Lara creates gorgeous pieces of functional and sustainable beauty intended to help people pause and find enjoyment in the moment they are in.
Pottery caught Lara up unexpectedly a few years ago when she and a friend attended a class. Lara is head overs heels for this art form that is wildly messy splattered fun yet requires stillness, precision, and centered breath.
The Frykmans met Lara through their next door neighbor, to whom Lara is now married.