Member Artist Spotlight

Friends’ members are eligible to apply for a Member Spotlight which is displayed on the east wall of the first floor lobby.

Showcases run for four weeks. We generally book 9 to 12 months out.

VisteRoss MemSpot

Nathan Viste-Ross 

member artist, Hopkins Center for the Arts 


She played the violin that Mozart played 

When he premiered it centuries before; 

This was a box that Stradivari made. 

These were the notes –his notes: She had the score 

In manuscript. And as she fingered stops 

And turns, she tried to not consider more 

Than authenticity: To frame, restore 

What Mozart really meant; But meaning crops 

The vanities, façades and leaves the core 

Of our humanity; It was too much 

To try and represent all we adore. 

So she just made —and tried to touch— 

Authentic sounds; truth-value in a timbre. 

Life makes a trope: a wing in fossil amber. 


J Arthur Member Spotlight 8.2023

John Arthur

HCA Member Artist Spotlight at the Hopkins Activity Center, 33-14th Avenue N

Hopkins Activity Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am - 4 pm.

Artist Statement  

I started making art again (after a 50-year hiatus as I was an art major in college) when a Harris’ Sparrow appeared in our back yard, stayed for about 3 days and I went out to buy a digital camera. The sparrow left before I returned from the camera store, never to return.

I started taking photos of other things in Nature, specializing in dragonflies. Later, I started taking classes in drawing, watercolor, and more photography. More recently, my son, Tim, gave me an iPad for Father’s Day. I started drawing directly on that, and even took a class at the Hopkins Center for the Arts (HCA) using that instead of paper and pencil. Then last year, Tim gave me a larger drawing tablet and classes at HCA were offered virtually. Now I will probably never go back to paper, paint, pencil, or brush. I should never say never…

D Hass Member Spot CA 2023

Diane Howard Hass

HCA Member Spotlight Artist at Cream & Amber, 1605 Mainstreet  

Artist Reception: August 3, 5 - 7 pm 

My work is deeply narrative and personal of what is happening in my life. I like to illustrate a concept that reflects where I am on my life journey.

Art is a way to bridge the gap between events and emotions. It provides a voice when words just don’t seem appropriate. It invites us into contemplation.

After working in colored pencil and oils for many years, I was inspired by a dream to explore graphite infused with glitter.

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Susan Liesch

HCA Member Spotlight Artist at Morrie's Minnetonka Subaru

On view through early November.

Artist Statement 

I have been a student of art for about 30 years.  I studied painting for several years at the University of Minnesota.  Since retirement I have continued taking classes.

My current focus is experimenting with structure, pattern and texture.  I work with various materials and tools rather than brushes in many works.  I draw inspiration from Aboriginal art, Egyptian art, the native arts and calligraphy.  I am fascinated with phenomena in nature—snow on trees, rain on windows, cracks in the sidewalk, city lights at night. 


Contact Us

Interested members should contact Jim Clark at 952-548-6489 or jclark@hopkinsmn.