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Glenwood's Bremness Gallery features mother-daughter exhibit

"Tag and Release" Pastel portrait of Jean Boll with butterfly by Sandy O'Brien. (Submitted photo)

GLENWOOD -- "Like Mother, Like Daughter," artistic works by Sandy Jean O'Brien and her daughter, Jean Marie Boll, opens the summer season Saturday at the Bremness Gallery in Glenwood.

There will be a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday to meet the artists. The exhibit runs through July 31.

With only a few high school art courses and a sprinkling of painting workshops taught by nationally known artists, Sandy O'Brien is basically a self-taught artist. She works in oil, watercolor and pastel paintings creating pictures of water lilies, lake sunsets, wildflowers and fishing scenes.

She has been creating art seriously for more than 30 years and has won numerous awards across Minnesota. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Fergus Falls Community College, the Viking Library system and in private collections in New York, Texas and throughout Minnesota.

Currently working in watercolors and pastels, O'Brien has widened her subject matter to include life-like portraits of people as well as their pets.

Growing up with a mother who is an active artist, Jean (O'Brien) Boll developed an interest in art at an early age. She had a flair for making up stories and illustrating them with drawings of cats and dogs, even at age 6. Eleven years in Girl Scouts sharpened her observations of nature and the world around her.

She won several awards at the Minnewaska Area High School annual student art show and the Pope County Fair. She currently lives in Fargo, N.D., and continues to develop her art career. Her main medium is colored pencils and she is expanding into pastel painting with varied subject matter of landscapes, florals and pet portraits.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by special arrangements through Rose Meade, 320-634-3163, or Sandy O'Brien, 320-634-0172.