Three artists showcased during fall exhibition

Pictured is a portrait by Bonita Roberts. Roberts’ works, as well as works by Susan Novak and Shirley Hove, will be part of the fall exhibition at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls.

With fall already here again, the Great River Arts Center welcomes the public to come and experience the new exhibition featuring local artists Bonita Roberts, Susan Novak and Shirley Hove.

Hove, a native of Minnesota, who makes her home in St. Cloud, devotes herself to painting hang-ups. These paintings combine abstract and realistic brush work done in oil, watercolor or ink. She said her greatest joy comes from painting a landscape, still life or portrait directly from life. Hove received the Merit Award in Essential Arts National Show at Visual Arts Minnesota and is a member of the American Portrait Society and Artists of Minnesota.

Hove will be at the Art Center, Saturday, Sept. 8, as part of the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, painting in the main gallery from 8 a.m. – noon. Other artists will be providing demonstrations in pottery and wood turning throughout the day.

Roberts is known primarily for pastel and oil portraits of children and Native Americans. Her work has been included in notable shows such as The Masters of the American West, Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and the Prix de West at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Okla. She has been represented by major galleries throughout the west.

“It is always my intention that my paintings connect on an emotional level so that what I choose to paint and how I choose to paint it may speak to the vulnerable and sensitive space that exists in all of us,” Roberts said.

Novak, who usually uses oil paints, sometimes paints with acrylics or watercolors. Her subject matter differs from time to time as most of her paintings are landscapes, but she also does still lifes, people and animals.

“I strive for good value, color and composition,” Novak said. She received her bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from the University of Northern Iowa and has shown throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Hove, Novak and Roberts exhibition opens Saturday, Sept. 8 and runs through October. An opening reception featuring an artist discussion at 12:30 p.m. will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Great River Arts Center is located at 122 S.E. First Street, in downtown Little Falls. Visit or call (320) 632-0960 for more information.