“Autumn Days” - bead ‘painting’ on felt, Jo Wood.

 Some painters use oil, some use watercolor, Jo Wood paints with beads. Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake will feature Jo Wood’s bead work beginning Aug. 14. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2-5 p.m. Wood’s show will continue through Sep. 15.

“I am a bead artist inspired by nature, my sanctuary,” Jo Wood says. To create her impressions of nature’s ever-changing patterns, she sews tiny glass beads on felted wool.

Wood, who lives in Hovland, explains, “My ‘paintings’ express my sense of place.”

Living and working in northern Minnesota have given Wood an intimate relationship with the shorelines, forest trails and gardens where “flowers gesture, trees reach and water moves.” Through her art Wood shares her connection to nature, celebrating its abundance and conveying qualities of peace and beauty. “I delight in botanical elegance, Each series of ‘paintings’ is a tribute to the beauty and enchantment of nature.

“For me, life is tactile and labor intensive…like my beadwork. It is a patient art form. Choosing one bead at a time and stitching up to 200 beads per square inch, it can take months to complete a piece,” Wood said, noting that the way light plays in and on the glass creates amazing color possibilities.

Jo Wood’s bead and fiber landscapes have been exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul and Mayo Clinics, Rochester. Her work has been published in several books and periodicals.

She will teach a class at Ripple River Gallery on Aug. 25.

Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is located five miles south of Deerwood on Hwy. 6

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

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