Hill Nettleton, SPACES magazine, December
In the midst of the Northeast Minneapolis arts district, where
young artists sport multiple piercings, rent studios, and live in
lofts, stands a one-story building occupied by a nice couple of
retirement age. But there is no culture clash here: Georgette and
Henry Sosin are renowned and respected artists, at work in their
gallery/studio on Washington Street Northeast .
The Sosins re-envisioned the one-time corner grocery store. Today,
intricate wrought-iron gates open to a courtyard and the sleek,
modern gallery space inside. Georgette, also a sculptor, works mostly
in paint these days in a studio tucked behind the main gallery,
where she installs exhibits by invited artists - or displays by
the Sosins themselves. Henry hand-builds clay pots in his studio
on the lower level.
Tuesdays through Saturdays, the Sosins devote five hours a day to
the studio and their separate creative tasks. Georgette paints ethereal
visions of creation, unity, and how mere humans might carry the
wisdom of the universe around in their bones. Her work is deeply
spiritual, even mystical, and moves some gallery visitors to tears.
" I think sometimes the artist has antennae out picking up
things in our culture that other people don ' t tune into, but they
respond to it when they see it in an artist ' s work, " she
says. Her work is displayed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and
Temple Israel in Minneapolis, and Unity Hospital in Fridley; among
her many exhibitions have been those in New York City, Paris, and
the C. G. Rein Gallery and the Catherine Nash Gallery in Minneapolis.
Henry, a retired surgeon who also taught at the University of Minnesota,
studied pottery with Celine Charpentier at the College of St. Catherine
and learned additional techniques at the Northern Clay Center. He
hand-builds pots, coil-by-coil, rather than throwing them onto a
wheel. It's a more ancient technique that allows him to control
the texture of the surface and the broken-eggshell openings of some
of his pieces. "When archeologists find remains of human cultures,
they find bones, gemstones, precious metals - and pots," Henry
says. "It's one of the permanent kinds of human art."
The Sosins welcome visitors during art events such as Art-A-Whirl
and Art On The Town, and their gallery is also open to visitors
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