ART MARKET SHOWCASING LOCAL ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS
I remember drawing from an early age, but I don’t remember ever aspiring to be an artist. I was very young when I discovered that my ‘drawing and coloring’ was a means to travel to a Mind Place that took my imagination to a far away and magical place… where I dreamed of becoming… A Cowboy! Much has changed over the years. I never became a cowboy, but My husband and I raised and rode horses most of my adult life, and my Mind Place still takes me to far away and magical places.
My formal training in the visual arts has been limited, yet I am NOT a self- taught artist by any means. I can say this because of the many people and things I enjoyed most in my life (and a few of the people and things I haven’t enjoyed much at all), have taught me the craft of visual arts and life! I have been blest to meet some incredible artists and amazing people who encouraged me to believe “I can do that…” People in my life have been supportive and exasperatingly critical in all the best ways possible. They have taught me about art and myself. I’ve come to accept my Mind Place as a Sacred gift and one I don’t take lightly. I believe everyone has a Mind Place. If the opportunity should arise, please come share your Place with me.
GREEN OWL GALLERY
The Green Owl began as a simple craft fair in the back of Wise Skye Gifts store in downtown Aitkin. It wasn’t long before the realization emerged among those few participating artisans that there were many more creative souls within the community whose talents seemingly lay hidden. They either had no outlet, no time or no funds, or maybe all three. This realization gave birth to the From Heart Through Hands Artisan Guild whose mission it is “to involve and recognize ALL existing, emerging and aspiring artisans, that from their hearts and through their hands continue to create as their heart, mind, spirit, body and soul lead them.” This guild and its mission live today in the Green Owl Gallery and Gift Shop.
This is a unique space which has been specifically designed to showcase the works of artists and artisans, and is available at a cost mindfully set low so that no one would be denied the opportunity to promote his or her art for economic reasons. Here, under a single roof, can be found art expressed in literally dozens of different ways, among them everything from beautiful hand-made cards, to jewelry, paintings of every media, textile art, fused glass, pottery, and more. Here can be found all shades of pleasing, a place of fine offerings where art and beauty invite you to linger and be inspired.
Genevieve “Skye” Fiedler hails from the Twin Cities where she majored in music in college. She went on to spend 23 years as a church accountant and business administrator.
Skye became an Aitkin resident in 2016. It didn’t take long for her to send roots down and establish herself as an integral part of the Aitkin community. On opening her gift store on the main street of Aitkin in 2017, she joined the local area Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee and is on the Board of Aitkin County Growth. Since that time, Wise Skye Gifts has been warmly embraced by the city, drawing folks to its unique blend of clothing, accessories, books, as well as all manner of art supplies.
Skye is herself a musician, although opportunities to play the piano are few these days. She also designs and creates hand-made cards, again when her busy schedule permits. That said, she will always have time to visit with you when you stop by the stores.