Artwork by Annie Young, a visually impaired artist from Burnsville who paints primarily with her fingers and describes herself as an “artistic topographist,” is on display May 5 – June 4 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter
“After my eyesight began to diminish, I felt I had to use my fingers to create tactile impressions of my visual recollections using paint and canvas,” says Young, who exhibits her work throughout the United States and Canada.
“For each canvas, it typically takes weeks, and usually months, to build up the painted surface layer by layer,” says Young, who paints with a variety of impasto techniques, using tubes and cans of pigment labeled in Braille. “My work reflects the relationship between my senses and my memories, offering viewers a glimpse of the power and joy unleashed by a can-do spirit.”
At the opening reception on Saturday, May 6, Young talked about her art-making process as well as the story behind selected works. Large print and Braille brochures are available, volunteers can provide live descriptions of the art and visitors may enjoy a tactile experience with a number of art pieces. A website also has written and visual descriptions for many of the pieces in the exhibit. Some artworks and prints are for sale.
The Arts Center is at 315 South Minnesota Ave., St. Peter (U.S. Highway 160, between Nassau and Grace streets, just south of South Broadway/State Highway 99). Parking is in a lot, on-street or at designated accessible spaces. The gallery is free, wheelchair-accessible and open to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00-6:00, Thursday 1:00-8:00, Friday 1:00-5:00, Saturday 10:00-5:00, and Sunday 1:00-5:00.