Haley Rothstein, a multi-disciplined artist from southwestern Minnesota, has her artwork featured during the month of August at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, IA. A closing reception will be held for her from 5:30 – 7:00pm on Friday, August 28th. She will be teaching a two-hour class on Kusudama (origami flowers) the next morning (Saturday, August 29th) from 10:00am – 12:00 noon.
Haley Rothstein, who lives in Lakefield (MN) but works in Spirit Lake (IA), was born in South Carolina. An Air Force brat, she moved with her family across the country more than once. She was introduced to Adobe Photoshop in 2003, and much of what she learned was self-taught. In 2006, she graduated with her Associate's degree from Minnesota West Community & Technical College, and in 2009 graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor's degree in Art Photography. In addition to her photography related art, Rothstein also draws and paints.
"While my degree is in photography, and the majority of my expertise is in Adobe Photoshop, my first artistic love has always been drawing cartoons and comics. When growing up, I would create new characters, give them personalities and stories, and draw them every single day," said Rothstein. "In college I set aside my cartoons to learn more technical skills and focus on the more 'serious' art of photography."
After college, she picked up her brushes and began painting her "joyful figure" monsters. The figures became more and more stylized, with brighter colors and happy grins. Around 2012, Rothstein started painting a series of abstracted trees, sometimes with birds or people. "Because I come from a military family and we moved across the country a couple times, my love for trees stems from a craving for a history or 'roots' someplace."
Featured at the Witter this month are select pieces of Rothstein's work from the last 5 years in the mediums of acrylic paintings, drawings, and digital paintings.
As a side hobby, Rothstein makes and sells Kusudama flowers. She made nearly 400 of the flowers for a wedding in 2013, and since has taught a number of one-day classes on how to make the adorable folded paper flowers. The class will run from 10:00am – 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 29th. Cost per participant is only $20.00, and all supplies will be provided. If you would like to register for the class, please call the Witter Gallery at (712) 732-3400.
The Witter Gallery, located at 609 Cayuga St. in Storm Lake, IA, is open to the public from 1:00 – 5:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 1:00 – 6:00pm on Thursdays; and 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturdays. The closing reception for Haley Rothstein will be held from 5:30 – 7:00pm on Friday, August 28th. Rothstein will be on hand at the gallery that evening to meet and greet visitors and answer questions about her work.