4701 Highway 61
White Bear Lake
Minnesota 55110

Marketfest Artwork

The 24th annual Marketfest kicks off the summer in downtown White Bear Lake with festivities, food and fun for all. A well looked-forward part of Marketfest has been the revealing of the season's artwork. This season, the Marketfest Board chose to have a commissioned piece done to celebrate the lake and community.

Lake Avenue, © Emily Gray Koehler 2014,

by: Emily Gray Koehler

Studio & Gallery
2168 3rd Street, Suite 2A
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

My woodcuts, collagraphs and monotypes explore the idea of place as both a physical and an internal landscape through dramatic scenes and intimate portraits of the natural world.

Born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan, the arts and the natural world have long been a part of my life. As a child, searching for salamanders and other interesting life forms was a favorite pastime. Crayons and craft paper in hand, I found the forest to be the best place for growing artistic ideas. I took these youthful thoughts to school and found a niche for them in the arts program at Grand Valley State University. The diverse manifestations of the printmaking media absorbed me as I found prints to be the best means of expressing my ideas.

After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking in December of 2006, my work has largely focused on regional environmental and modern land use concerns. From expressive tree forms to moody landscapes, I have sought to develop a dialogue between the viewer and the natural world through colorful woodcuts, collagraphs and monotypes and monochromatic etchings. Using these media and imagery I hope to convey not only my sense of our place in the environment but also a desire to understand and protect the natural world.

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Marketfest · 4701 Hwy 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 · 651.429.8537