Thorson Memorial Library along places great importance on providing the public access to the Arts. The library has become a sought out location to view art, attend exhibits and receptions, listen to author readings, and guest speakers.

Arts:

  • A gallery system to display art, such as paintings
  • Built in shelving to display items such as sculpture, ceramics, and turned wood
  • A holiday commissioned art sale which serves as a fundraiser for the Friends of the library
  • Art is currently available year round for the public to purchase
  • Art, exhibits, and receptions
  • Artist visits
  • Art classes for adults and children
  • Author readings and workshops

We are in the early stages of developing an audio guided tour of the Library’s permeant art collection. The library’s ability to make the Arts part of their fabric is due to grants, donations, The Minnesota’ Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, partnerships with Viking Library System, fundraising by the Friends of the Library, the Elbow Lake Arts Advisory Council, and artists. We are grateful for these collaborations that allow us to offer expanded services.

Meet the Artists

Michael Weatherly

At present, I consider myself an emerging visual artist. I graduated from the University of
Minnesota Morris with a BA in Art History and a minor in Studio Art with a major focus in
printmaking. Over the last several years I have participated in several solo and group shows
throughout Minnesota and the United States. Recent honors include the Minnesota Arts and
Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant, LRAC Career Development Grant and Small Artist Grants from
the Lake Regions Arts Council.
I have recently been incorporating Chine Collé into my prints. Chine-Collé is a special
technique in printmaking, in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a
heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a
much more delicate surface, such as Japanese paper or linen, which pulls finer details off the
plate.

LONNIE OLSON

I’m 70 years old and, except for 3 years in the Army, I have lived in Elbow lake, MN all my life.  I’ve been in love with photography for 50 years and my main interests are wildlife and nature photography.  I also enjoy street photography, photographing people in random natural moments of life.

SHERRY OLSON – WHITE OAK STUDIO

Self-trained photographer and artist

MEE LEE

My artwork is about “thought of life” with abstract landscapes.  My spiritualthoughts from daily routine life are layered over the landscape image withlines and colors.   

I see beauty in the nature that God created for us: peaceful horizons, awesome sunsets, wondrous light beams, sweet spring rain, etc. My hope is to visualize these beautiful images with the spiritual thoughts of love, peace, hope, truth, and faith. My art allows me to thoughtfully search through peaceful meditation, a joyful life. Specifically created abstract concepts set free expressions via color and lines. This allows me to create artwork seen through the mind’s eye, as well as visually.  It’s an interesting concept, isn’t it?

In fiber art, instead of painting on canvas with paint and brushes, I dye canvas fabric and put together the quilting, sewing, weaving or stitching that make up the design. My palette is full of different dyed fabric and threads. After I have completed my sketches in a small notebook, the excitement for me is to see the transformed textile pieces.

I hope you enjoy these pieces of art displayed in the library and hope you experience a beautiful, meditative moment, too.

KARI HOUSE – OAK POINT DESIGN

I was born and raised near Elbow Lake, graduating from WCA in 2000.  I went away to college and did a short stint in the metro teaching before returning “home” to put down roots. I taught Special education for 10 years and have now been a stay at home mom for 5 years.

I love auctioning, treasure hunting at garage sales and thrift stores, and building and creating repurposed projects with my Dad. I love giving things that others would call garbage a new life.

When I have not creating, I enjoy spending time with my husband/treasure hunting partner and our 4 kids at our home on Pomme de Terre Lake.

DARLENE JANTE

I am married and work full-time. I have worked in the crafting area for over 40 years. I worked with my mom when I was younger and she did crafts for many years. When she decided to quit doing the crafts I sorta took over along with my sisters. We go to craft fairs and display our things and sell them.  I started to work on cards a few years ago and I like to keep busy, so I decided to display them at the shows and started to sell them. I often get asked to make a certain type of card and/or invitation for special event or occasion and try to come up with the product for them.  Sometimes it is a challenge. I also make photo albums from scratch and sell them.  I have made many different things and just like to keep busy.