A is for Afton, Z is for Zippel Bay: An Exploration of Minnesota State Parks

RBP_BlueMounds_smTop: Itasca State Park
Headwaters of the Mississippi
White-Lined Sphinx Moth, Pink Ladyslipper and Large-Flowered Trillium
Red Pine
Hand-painted block print

Lower: Blue Mounds State Park
Burrowing owls, bison, prickly pear cactus
Hand-painted block print

Past Exhibitions:

Great Lakes Aquarium
Merrill-Lynch Fine Art Gallery
Duluth, MN
September 13, 2014 -January 11, 2015

Silverwood Park Gallery Annex
St. Anthony, MN
January 15-March 13, 2015

Unity Church-Unitarian
Saint Paul, MN
September 2015

A is for Afton, Z is for Zippel Bay is a project of 26 artworks that highlight the wealth of natural areas we have in this state and that have inspired me.

I selected a number of parks from throughout the state, including the oldest park (Itasca, founded in 1891) and the newest park (Lake Vermilion, established in 2013), picking a variety of locations and ecosystems. I looked for the essence of each park—how it makes me feel and what strikes me—as well as what is iconic and inspiring about each one.

Creating artwork that expresses our connections to nature through art is my heart’s work. I am committed to understanding conservation issues and environmental stewardship, and conveying that understanding through my artwork to enliven our sense of responsibility for the natural world. I want to remind people of what state parks have to offer, and I hope the viewer will come away with a sense of each park. I would love it if people are inspired to visit and experience the glory of all of these parks.

Link to a great blog, with an article about the works: Mississippi River blog

Bear Head Lake State Park

Bear Head Lake State Park
Laurentian Mixed Forest/Northern Superior Uplands
Black Bear, Loon, Common Yellow Sedge, Red Pine, Aspen
Hand-painted block print

Mystery Cave State Park

Mystery Cave State Park
Broadleaf Forest, Limestone Cave
Pipistrelle Bats, Fishing Spider,
Glade Mallow, Ebony Jewelweed,
Jack-in-the-pulpit, Smooth Sumac
Hand-painted block print

Robyn Beth Priestley is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.