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REACH Mentoring Program

By Ann Markusen
On the Mark 

Chairs make the canvas

Local artist uses a unique medium to tell her stories


May 10, 2019

Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

Kris Nelson's "Cherish" exhibit is on display through June at the Pine Knot News gallery at 122 Avenue C, Cloquet. You can visit during regular office hours. Give yourself a little extra time for a visit, as many of the chairs require reading and viewing of all sides - just like the issues they tackle.

Teaching K-12 art is a continually creative act. You must imagine projects for kids of various ages, acquire materials on a tight budget, and help as many as 30 kids per classroom fashion distinctive artworks. For Kris Nelson, the newest featured artist at the Pine Knot gallery, a classroom project morphed into a second career.

After completing her art degree at the University of Minnesota, Nelson taught in Robbinsdale and Forest Lake schools, then Carlton, followed by 21 years at Wrenshall. A high-energy person, she also coached the school's one-act play and worked with the dance program....

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