Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 A.R.T. Artist Haley Rothstein Featured in Red Rock Center For The Arts Exhibit!

Examples of work that can be found at the
"Home Bound" exhibition by Haley Rothstein
(top left - clockwise) - 
"Paragraph 1-4" - ink and graphite, 
"Orange Tree" - acrylic painting, 
and "Dash" - digitally colored drawing
(click on image for a larger view)

2015 Artisans Road Trip artist Haley Rothstein of Windom, Minnesota will be having a solo exhibit at the Red Rock Center For The Arts in Fairmont, MN during January.  Haley, a new member to the Artisans Road Trip, had worked for several years as the Gallery Director at the former A Piece of Work, Inc. in Spirit Lake, IA.

The artist's exhibit "Home Bound", is described as a collection of paintings and abstract drawings.  The exhibit will contain select pieces of Rothstein's work from the last 5 years, in mediums of acrylic paintings, digital paintings, and ink and graphite drawings. 
Haley states that while her degree is in photography, and the majority of her expertise is with Adobe Photoshop, her first artistic love has always been drawing cartoons and comics. While growing up, she would create new characters, give them personalities and stories, and draw them every single day. In college, Haley set aside her cartoons to learn more technical skills and focus on the more “serious” art of photography. After college she no longer had access to a darkroom, and found less and less time for photography. 

Haley started painting her “joyful figures” in 2010. The feeling she wanted to convey was a mix between cute and disturbing. The initial idea was of a simple monster with no face – just teeth – making the shape of a heart with its fingers. As she kept painting them, the figures became more stylized with brighter colors and happy grins.

Haley's paintings began to change around the time she met her husband. Haley started surrounding herself with tree-related art, began painting abstracted trees, sometimes with birds or people. Her love for trees stems from a craving for a history or “roots” someplace. Because she came from a military family and moved across the country a couple times, she states she lacks a long-term history that she can recall with friends: “Hey, remember the time…”

The "Home Bound" exhibit artist reception will be held Saturday - January 10th from 1:30-3p.m. and is open to the public.  The Red Rock Center For The Arts is located at
222 E. Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN 56031 and you may contact the center at 507 235-9262 for more information, or visit their web site at

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