Richard Merchàn: Opening reception for solo show "Un goût de France"
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Merchàn: Opening reception for solo show "Un goût de France"

THE Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis presents never before seen works by nationally acclaimed artist Richard Merchàn. “Un goût de France” will take you away to the scenic beauty and iconic imagery that France beholds. You will surely walk away with a “taste of France”.

Event Preview: https://richardmerchan.com/france/

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Richard Merchan Opening for HABITATION DESIGN
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Merchan Opening for HABITATION DESIGN

Please join us for an exciting evening launching national artist Richard Merchan for the micro-gallery at HABITATION FURNISHINGS + DESIGN. Complimentary wine will be served 7:00-10:00 P.M.

Merchán was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, a small town centered around a majestic lake rich with oil reserves. While Merchán suggests that he was “not yet an artist” and had “not yet begun to truly observe,” the sense memories of his youth provided a foundation on which he would later draw. Both the beauty (broad horizons, lush palms) and the decay (oil fires on the lake, beaches soaked with spills) would inspire tensions to be reconciled throughout his career.

At age 14, Merchán and his family relocated to Miami, which would prove the gateway to the young artist’s self-discovery. To this day, Merchán considers himself very much an American, steeped in the pop culture of his adopted land though viewed through an immigrant’s lens. 

Ripe with ideas, Merchán sought the tools with which to express himself. In 1976, he enrolled in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Newly educated and eminently marketable, Merchán returned to Miami and began what would become a highly successful career in the worlds of publishing and design. Of far greater significance was Merchán’s artistic development.Like many a young artist, Merchán’s wanderlust and ambition soon brought him to New York City. “New York was my Paris,” Merchán recounts, dazzled and inspired by the stimuli around him. From the polo grounds of Greenwich to the hot dog vendors of Washington Square, Merchán captured it all, exploring new media with abandon.

Restless for new experiences, Merchán moved yet again, this time to northern California, where he has remained (with the occasional detour) for the past three decades. Whether attributable to the locale or span of years, this California period has marked the most fertile, experimental and mature stage of the artist’s career.

Today, the artist divides his time between California’s Sonoma County and Greenwood, Minnesota, revisiting, reimagining, and reworking subjects he has come to know over a lifetime’s work.

“I can’t ever recall being at a loss for ideas or inspiration,” Merchán reflects of late. “A blank canvas is like arriving at a cocktail party filled with strangers. To start painting is like opening a bottle of wine. The conversation flows.”

And the story begins.

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Leslie Barlow: A Familiar Portrait of Labor and Love
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Leslie Barlow: A Familiar Portrait of Labor and Love

Join us for an inspirational evening to launch the exhibit featuring emerging local Minnesota artist Leslie Barlow as she kicks off her “A Familiar Portrait of Labor and Love” exhibit at THE Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers.

"This new series of paintings feels like I’m working at the edge of myself––painting into the
future what knowledge I wish I had in the past, barely able to keep up with the
churning of my mind and the layers of stories I increasingly hold. I hope to find home in
visual explorations that challenge superficially-simple narratives and change our
perceptions of family normalcy; I find that our visual culture born in white supremacy
leaves little room for complex representations that are neither/both, non-binary. And so
I am in the pursuit of creating a new language, one that is both improvised and rooted
in history. The juxtaposition and collision of different story-telling mediums (photography,
quilting, painting…) become a merging of narratives, experiences, culture, and
identities. What results is not the desire to simply have dialogue, but to manifest the
power of images. Created are a visual palette of experiences that are familiar to me
and so many others, experiences that have not been traditionally apart of the lexicon
of painting––which gives both viewers and I space for growth, empowerment,
understanding and love." - Leslie Barlow

Experience the movement 7PM - 10PM with vibes from DJ Kirkabee and complimentary wine. 

See you there!



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Mary Catherine Solberg Q & A at Le Meridien Chambers
Dec
27
7:00 PM19:00

Mary Catherine Solberg Q & A at Le Meridien Chambers

Join us for happy hour at MERCY restaurant in downtown Minneapolis to meet the artist Mary Catherine Solberg followed by a professionally moderated Q & A exploring Mary’s vision and inspiration. Happy hour is from 4-6 PM, followed by an unveiling of new work by the artist. The Q & A will begin at 7 PM in THE Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers connected to Mercy restaurant.

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