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Photo album: Paul Krause’s documentary premiere of Fred Somers’ painting ‘Genesis’

Paul Krause's documentary premiere of Fred Somers' painting 'Genesis'I went to the premiere of Genesis: The Art of Creation at Carleton College’s Weitz Cinema last night.

‘Genesis’ is a Paul Krause documentary about Northfield artist Fred Somers and the creation of the largest painting of his career. I blogged about it earlier this week.

If you missed it, you’ll have another chance on April 11, 7 pm at St. Olaf’s Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons.

See the large slideshow of 60 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Paul Krause’s latest documentary, featuring the artistry of Fred Somers, premieres Thursday Mar. 21

Fred Somers and Paul KrauseGenesis - The Art of Creation
Northfielder Paul Krause, Dancing Sun Multimedia, sent out this email recently:

You are invited to the screening of my latest documentary film, “Genesis: The Art of Creation,” featuring the artistry of Fred Somers. Go behind-the-scenes to witness the creation of the most significant and largest painting of Fred’s career, from the canvas preparation to its breathtaking installation at Carondolet Village in St. Paul. Experience the passion Fred has for his art and his deep connection to the natural world.

7 pm, March 21, 2013
Weitz Cinema, Carleton College (old Middle School)
Artist reception to follow


Genesis website - Fred Somers by Paul KrauseGenesis video clips - Fred Somers by Paul Krause

Paul has a whole website devoted to the project including two videos excerpts from the film.  And see the Frederick Somers Fine Art website, too.

If you go to the premiere, be sure to ask Fred about the history behind this photo titled The White Legs of Fred Somers:

The White Legs of Fred Somers

Paul Krause has another artist documentary in the works. This time it’s Fred Somers and his tree

Paul Krause at GBM Paul Krause and Ray 'Jake' Jacobson Fred Somers and oak tree in the Cannon River Wilderness Area
Local documentary filmmaker Paul Krause stopped by my corner office at GBM last week (recycled photo above) to let me know his latest project. Like he did for Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson and his Harvest sculpture, Paul is filming Fred Somers as he works on a large painting for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province for placement in a building in their new Carondelet Village, adjacent to St. Catherine University.

I followed Fred out to the east side of the Cannon River Wilderness Area last week so he could show me the oak tree that he’s painting (above right). It turned out to be quite the excellent adventure as we mucked about, both of us madly snapping photos.

See my album of 22 photos (large slideshow, recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

For more on Fred, see his website, Frederick Somers Fine Art.  He’s participating in this weekend’s 2011 South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour and is also hosting a sneak preview at his studio on Friday night.

Sure, Fred Somers can paint, but can he teach?

Fred Somers, local artist famous for his oil and pastel paintings,  stopped by my corner office at the GBM this week to chat.

Fred Somers at the Goodbye Blue Monday

I told him that my wife Robbie had just signed up for his upcoming two-day workshop at the Northfield Senior Center  and I wanted to know if he was qualified to be a teacher.  He assured me that he was, and looking at his bio on his web site, I guess he is.

Patsy Dew has the details on Fred’s class in this blog post on Northfield.org. And Jacqueline Pavek has an article in the June 28 Nfld News about the class, too.

Fred continues to pile up the awards for his painting. Last week he won Best in Show at the Red Wing Arts Association’s Plein Air Arts Festival.  This article in the Rochester Bulletin has the story: Northfield artist wins Red Wing contest:

Somers, of Northfield, and 29 other artists from the region, painted “en plein air,” the French expression for “in open air,” in Red Wing and the surrounding countryside from Monday to Saturday last week.

The paintings were judged and awards given during a reception at the Depot Gallery on Saturday evening. The judge was Brian Stewart, of St. Paul, a member of the Plein Air Painters of America.

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