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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:00 am | Updated: 1:17 pm, Mon Jun 17, 2019.

Artist Butch Holden finds inspiration from his continual fascination with the similarities of gardening and ceramics. Holden’s pottery and digital paintings will be featured at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake, June 12 through July 14. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Friday evening, June 14, from 4-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend

“My art is about looking in different directions and reacting by making a pot, a painting or a photograph,” Holden said. “When I garden, I am manipulating all sorts of variables — soil, location, timing, temperature, water — all in the hopes of achieving a thriving plant. Pottery making is incredibly similar. I manipulate all sorts of variables — minerals, temperature, timing, water, location in the kiln — all in the hopes of achieving a desirable ceramic outcome.”

While the goal of both gardening and art-making is a colorful and meaningful outcome, natural surprises and setbacks can occur. Holden approaches his work with optimism. “Patience, knowledge and work fuels my optimism. My photographs of plants and pots are hybrids of what I feel are collaborations with nature.”

Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is located five miles south of Deerwood on Hwy. 6, then three miles east of Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge on County Road 14 to Partridge Ave.; or south of Aitkin on Hwy. 169 to Bennettville, then three miles west on County Road 11 to Partridge Ave.

For more information, call 218-678-2575 or e-mail ripplerivergallery@gmail.com.

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