Past Exhibitions

ArtHop on Main: Adult Art Students and Instructors, Hopkins Community Education

Redepenning Gallery

  • December 3 - December 31, 2021
  • Please visit the Virtual Gallery to view students and instructors works on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts

ArtHop on Main features the work of Hopkins Community Education adult students and instructors. Hopkins Community Education, a component of Hopkins Public Schools, strives to create meaningful opportunities for lifelong learning, connection and engagement within our community. Visit Community Education for more information about classes.


Ken Herren "Soul Patch"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • Please visit the Virtual Gallery to view Ken Herren's works on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • December 3 - January 3, 2021

Soul Patch is a collection of unique and colorful abstractions that were inspired by a rare childhood experience.  And while this particular exhibition invites the viewer into a world of riotous color and visceral experience, it is simultaneously exploring the complexity of self-identity in a social media world.   In traditional social interactions, people generally walk away knowing certain facts about you through what they saw and what you let them see.  In today's social media interactions, what is "known" is often strategically crafted to be audacious enough to stand out amongst the vying voices,  but ultimately proves to be abject concealment of human vulnerability.  This work challenges the viewer to sit with the tension of wanting to see more, wanting to know the "true colors," wanting to wipe away the course veneer that hides the true soul of another.


K Herren calypso


Bonnie Folkerts "Common Threads"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • Please visit the Virtual Gallery to view Bonnie Folkert's works on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts.
  • December 3 - January 3, 2021

A Minnesota-based artist working primarily in acrylics and watercolors. Bonnie spent her youth in the beautiful Driftless Area in Southwestern Wisconsin. Bonnie says of her work " My creative influences include the detailed works of Albrecht Durer and the macro views of flowers found in Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. My own extensive gardens and travels around the world provide inspiration for my work. The animals, landscapes, and flora that i paint represent my relationships to nature. They are thoughtful and deeply personal. "

"We are such a small piece of this expansive universe...and we are all connected to each other: Humans. Animals. Earth. Sky. Water. I am drawn to paint the creatures and landscapes we share this world with. What one does affects the others, and by slowing down and paying attention to this we can develop a deeper and more positive relationship to all."

33 Rabbit 12x12 545
E Olson oh_glorious_empire

Erik Jon Olson "Downstream Sacrifices"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Virtual Artist Talk premieres on Facebook on Tuesday, November 24 at 7 pm

Using quilted plastic waste as his medium, Erik creates works that deal with the effects of consumerism, mass consumption and unfettered capitalism. By layering environmental issues with social justice messaging, his art emphasizes our alienation from the environment and each other, our willingness to waste and our subsequent need for healing. By minimizing his carbon footprint in the creation of pieces and transcending the medium without denying what is, Erik creates art that embodies Marshall McLuhan’s concept that "the medium is the message."

Keith Holmes "Pursuit of Happiness"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Virtual Talk available below

In this exhibit, documentary artist, Keith Holmes explores "the collective desire to belong, the need to represent and the inevitable collision of aspirations in a pluralistic society." In his approach, Holmes explains, "cowboys and zombies, Chicanos and punks, born-agains and anarchists rub shoulders with each other and up against the dominant culture of middle America." Holmes adds, "While I do my best to document genuine happiness, much of the imagery in the show reflects the restless search for an elusive fun that everyone else seems to be enjoying."

K Holmes Image

Members’ Juried Exhibition

Redepenning Gallery

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020

Annual fall show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists. The art on display is the result of a juried competition. 

51 works were chosen from 175 submissions. Thank you to all the Member Artists who participated in the competition. And, thank you to the following jurors for their time and thoughtful selection process:

Betsy Alwin lives and works in Minnetrista, MN. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, holds an MFA from Illinois State University, a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. Her work has been exhibited widely, including the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (Mass MoCA), the National Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C., The University of Washington, Tacoma, AIR Gallery, New York, No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY, The Waiting Room Gallery, Edina, MN, and Rubine Red Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. Public commissions include outdoor sculptures Onoden Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan, Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN and Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Alwin is a member of the Minneapolis collective Rosalux Gallery and the Minnesota Women’s Ceramic Artists. She is represented by Rubine Red Gallery. She will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Gustavus Adolphus College for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Dani Roach was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Roach moved to Minneapolis in 1980 and was a member of WARM Gallery from 1983-1988.  Roach has been granted many artists' residencies: at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL, the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY, and VCCA in Amherst, VA.  Additionally, she received a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2000. Other awards for Roach's work include the Moebius Exceptional Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin, and a Purchase Award from the University of Minnesota.  In 2012, Roach was one of twelve artists selected to participate in the Minnesota State Fair’s inaugural 12’12’12 project. Concurrent with her artistic pursuits, Roach has worked in academic libraries for over 40 years and currently works at the University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Roach has been represented by Groveland Gallery since 1984 and has widely exhibited both oils and watercolors in solo, juried, and invitational shows.

 Daniel Volenec (b. 1955) trained at the Atelier Lack (Minneapolis) under the tutelage of Steven Gjertson. Working figuratively for over a decade, Volenec's drawings and paintings emphasize subtlety and delicate execution. He explores deeply personal themes; the act of decision making, the struggle for acceptance, the reconciliation of broken relationships. 

For information on becoming a Member Artist, including all of the benefits you will get (including participation in this show,) visit Become a Member

01 A PREFERRED 10 marciahaffmans_16

Marcia Haffmans "Out of Touch"

Redepenning Gallery

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020

Marcia Haffmans’ visual art has evolved from abstract writing in wet paint on canvas to conceptual 3-D work incorporating handwriting. Out of Touch is a mixed media installation that came out of art workshops that I have offered for women trapped inside Minnesota county jails. Since 2017, we have engaged in visual art dialogues that include the art of handwriting, among other creative explorations.  

Michael Borg "Being Havana"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020

"Like most photographers, I strive to make compelling and memorable images. The opportunity to experiment with new ways to help my images to connect more deeply with the viewer is the driving force behind my work. I've found that my travel and street photography images speak to me much more clearly with the removal of color. Black and white images offer a clarity of message that can be lost in the visual distractions of color."

Michael Borg havana_horn_man
Jeanne Kosfeld ralphs ready for another cup

Jeanne Kosfeld "Coffee Portraits"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020

Artist Jeanne Kosfeld works primarily with water-based media, but her body of work also includes print design, board game creation & design, and public sculpture. She began her career as an illustrator and cartoonist and led the design department at the University of Alaska, where she was also was an adjunct faculty member. In Minnesota she was the creative director at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Jeanne has been honored with artist-in-residences in Arles, France; Mesa Verde, Colorado; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Pine Needles on the St. Croix, Minnesota; Maiden Rock, Wisconsin; Whiskeytown, California; and most recently in Juneau, Alaska. She has attended International Urban Sketchers Symposiums in Portugal and the Netherlands.

Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition

All Galleries

  • August 13 - September 19, 2020

Annual spring show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists. This year, due to COVID-19, this show was moved to late summer. For information on becoming a Member Artist, including all of the benefits you will get (including participation in this show) visit Become a Member

Congratulations to the 2020 Members' Non-Juried Exhibition Award Winners

BEST OF SHOW: Linda Kelly, 'Eye Wide Shut'; AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Scott Zimmermann, 'Donkey One' and May Ling Kopecky, 'Bohemian'; AWARDS OF MERIT: Peter Wong, 'Nude on the Dunes'; David Tomlinson, 'Decommissioned'; Joan Hughes, 'See Me-Haitian Schoolgirl'; HONORABLE MENTIONS: Diane Blau, 'No One I know'; Chris Walton, 'Rainy Night Reflections'; Jan Dufault, 'Conversation'; Ken Herren, 'Funhouse'; Charlie Brown, 'Rapture'; James Byrne, 'Chance'; PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Scott Zimmermann, 'A Day to Remember.'

For information about submitting work for the exhibition visit Spring Members Show

K Pavelka ranunculus butter box

Kristin Pavelka "Bohemian"

Display Cases, main lobby

  • May 14 - August 1, 2020

Kristin Pavelka admits that she loves food. Growing it. Cooking it. And, of course, eating it. So, as she says, "it’s no surprise that I make art for food." Potters, Pavelka explains, "share the desire to make mealtime special. Using handmade pots engages all five senses, enhancing and creating a memorable experience." In addition to her pottery, Pavelka is also a certified Master Gardener, a member of the Flowers for Pollinators Speaker’s Bureau and has a growing interest in botany.

Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, Klaire Lockheart, Becca Cerra "Embodiment"

Redepenning Gallery

  • June 25 - August 1, 2020

The three artists in this exhibition tackle issues of identity. Kristin Hoelscher-Schaker looks at our skin - both the way we define ourselves with it and the way others see us. Klaire Lockheart explores the concept of femininity - pairing modern expectations with old social customs. And Becca Cerra focuses her work on Western society’s unrealistic standards of beauty and perfection. Together, these three artists create a thought-provoking collection of images and ideas that look at who we are, how we see ourselves and why.

Schacker.Lockheart.Cerra Image
C Brown. 3 Brown flank_rock

Charlie Brown "The Monumental Aspects of Nature"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • June 25 - August 1, 2020

Nature has had a profound effect upon Charlie Brown. Growing up in a small farming community in Iowa, Brown was captivated by the big sky and the grandeur of nature. He spent the majority of his adult life in advertising and marketing, but now that he has left that world, he’s happily getting back to his roots. That has meant spending more time in nature and in his studio, creating large-scale drawings with layers of charcoal and graphite on Arches paper.

Aaron Packard "Networks of Noise"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • June 25- August 1, 2020

Aaron Packard tells us his "fascination with photography comes from my obstacles in memory." In fact, he admits that he has few "really clear memories, especially before the fifth grade." Instead, he has "vivid memories of colors, objects and emotions, but in most the context is skewed, abstracted with the noise of intermingling and conflicting visions." He calls this body of work "a kind of photomontage," adding, "my subject is photography, subject is myself; my subject is fiction; my subject is memory."

A Packard me_and_mephistopheles_2017

Living Tradition: Figure Drawings from the Hopkins Center for the Arts Life Sessions Cooperative

Redepenning Gallery

  • May 14 - June 20, 2020

Historically a staple of artists’ education and professional development, drawing from the live model remains an active practice and inspiration for many. The works on display were created by participants in the Life Drawing Sessions here at the Center. Facilitated by Hopkins artist John Caron, the sessions are ongoing and occur on select Sundays throughout the year. For more information on participating, visit Figure Drawing.

Figure Drawing by John Caron
Solberg fallen_angel

Mary Catherine Solberg "Shine"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • May 14 - June 20, 2020

Solberg often refers to her body of works as "Everybody Icons." Her painting method - literally working from dark to light - is how she "explores the inner light or shine that emits from within." She employs "the use of scale, color, gold leaf, texture, varnish and glitter to give depth and reverence" to her pieces. Her work incorporates aspects of her influences - including Renaissance, religious iconography and circus sideshow banners - adding her present day musings, overall optimistic outlook and occasional dark humor.

Sue Cranston "American School Girl"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • May 14 - June 20, 2020

"American School Girl," the work of full-time high school teacher, Sue Cranston, is a series of acrylic and mixed-media paintings and digital art that represent her version of childhood experiences for a young girl. Each piece features variations of symbolic evidence portraying vulnerability, earnestness, wholesomeness, honesty, pride, good intentions, ambition, commitment and civic duty.

Sue Cranston_school_girl_blue_skirt