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Millie Conard Retrospective opens April 9

Published 10:05am Thursday, March 28, 2013 Updated 12:06pm Thursday, March 28, 2013

Millie Conard’s career in art began at the age of 17 when she attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee.

After finishing Conard put down her brushes and went on to get married and raise a family in Alexandria.

When her children were grown Conard suggested that Community Education offer classes in beginning oil painting, which they soon did.

After renewing her interest in art she wanted to delve deeper into composition and from, so she took classes at Fergus Falls Community College (she was a student of Charles Beck) and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Conard has had many works featured in the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Show.

Her purchase awards include the University of Minnesota in 1970 and 1971, American Association of University Women 1979, Viking Library System 1985 and 1986, Fergus Falls Community College 1985 and 2000 and an AAAA. She has also sold paintings throughout the United States. She is a founding member of the Alexandria Brush and Palette Club and a member of the Art of the Lakes.

She received a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council for this exhibition.

The subjects of her work often include the lakes, trees, and farm country that surround the home that she and her husband built. Conard works in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil, and woodcut prints, and she finds inspiration in artists ranging from Rembrandt to Hans Hofmann.

There will be a reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, with and artists talk starting around 6 p.m. Kaddatz Gallery, 111 W Lincoln Ave, Fergus Falls. Group tours available.

For more information call 218-998-4405, or visit our website www.kaddatzgalleries.org

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