Tom Stewart’s Views of the Mississippi: Past and Present contrasts iconic Twin Cities landscapes through paintings. Stewart, who received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant for the project, selected paintings over 130 years old from the Minnesota Historical Society, and set about recreating those views present-day.
“My hope,” writes Stewart, “was that I could revisit the same viewing locations to paint these scene again and paint them the same size, using the same medium, and during the same season. This way I would be able to present a good artistic comparison.”
Because of both urbanization and natural processes, the rivers, vegetation, and hills depicted from the 19th century have changed quite noticeably.
“Interestingly,” Stewart notes, “what has not changed in probably thousands of years was the viewing location itself. Three of the four painting sites are now designated as scenic overlooks.”
On view at WBCA, this show is now available online through WBCA’s Facebook page. This will help you enjoy these works while WBCA suspends services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
A reception for Tom Stewart on March 12 had to be postponed, and more details will be made available if it may be rescheduled in the coming weeks. Until then – enjoy these views virtually!