Great River Art Center hosts artists demonstrations

The Great River Arts Association (GRAA) welcomes local artists Shirley Hove, an award winning painter, Dennis Myers, a unique wood- worker, and Mitchell McGuire, a local art instructor, to the center to show off their talents, during this year’s Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair.

Hove is a native of Minnesota and after a commercial art career and raising her family; she devotes herself to painting hang-ups. These paintings combine abstract and realistic brush work done in oil, watercolor or ink. “The greatest joy comes from painting a landscape, still life or portrait directly from life, known as plein air painting,” Hove said. She is also represented by the Paramount Art Gallery of St. Cloud, where she calls home.

Myers enjoys the challenge of finding color and figures through discarded trees, to then design his turned bowls, vessels and sculptures. He creates his art full-time and works out of his studio in Little Falls. His work will be featured the month of September in the front gallery of the Art Center.

McGuire, also a native of Minnesota, defines himself as a “young artist” even with a list of accomplishments which include: exhibiting in two solo shows, participating in a traveling dance team, and acting and playing in a jazz band. He will be demonstrating his pottery skills on the potter’s wheel during the Arts and Crafts Fair.

The wood turning demonstration, led by Myer, will be in the front window of the Art Center and the painting demonstration, led by Hove, will be held in the main gallery. These demonstrations will be Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information on these demonstrations or any activities happening at Great River Arts visit or (320) 632-0960.