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'Pop Express' comes to Arts on Grand

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Arts on Grand currently features "Pop Express," original paintings from Minnesota artist Erik Sletten. The pieces in "Pop Express," created specifically for Arts on Grand, are grouped into categories, each group representing one classic film.
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Erik Sletten first came to Arts on Grand a few years ago, with a friend who was scheduled to perform a concert in the gallery.

"People with him thought he should bring an exhibit here," Arts on Grand Director Martin Arthur said. "We booked him at least a year ago, trying to get our schedules to match up."

The resulting exhibit is "Pop Express," a series of scenes from five classic movies, including Elia Kazan's "A Streetcar Named Desire," and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

"People who see it like it," Arthur said.

In addition to presenting his work, Sletten, from Stillwater, Minn., also agreed to teach two classes at Arts on Grand: one on Nov. 3, the day after the opening reception, and one on Dec. 1, the day after the exhibit ends. The December class was intended for teenagers and younger artists, but so many attendees of the first class wanted to come back that they opened the second class to all ages.

Sletten has exhibited his work all over the country and world, most notably at the International Wine Scenes in Horten, Norway, the City of Lakes at Gallery 360 in Edine, Minn., and the Impossible Buildings two-man show at the Bloomington Theater and Art Center. He has also created the Mapworks Traveling Exhibit.

Sletten's work has been well received in the short time it's been in the gallery.

"People said it was different, which it is," Arthur said. "But only a little different."

"Pop Express" is the first collection of Sletten's work to be exhibited at Arts on Grand, though it's quite different from work he's done in the past.

"This collection is all-new work," Arthur said. "It was created specifically for Arts on Grand. He's had the idea in his head for a while, but exhibiting here gave him the opportunity to actually create it."

On Nov. 2, at the opening reception, Sletten brought along David Harland, another musician, to play as visitors perused the exhibit. Harland played background music through the whole reception. On Nov. 30, when Sletten returns to give his second class and close the exhibit, Harland will also return, this time to perform a concert at Arts on Grand.

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