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Art Exhibit: Stohl on Paper
By Art and Design
Press release:
In 2013, after living in Europe 20+ years, Peter and Solvei Stohl moved back to Minnesota and settled in Saint Paul. During those years they served in eastern Europe as Christian family counselors. From 2005-2013 they lived in Kaunas, Lithuania and worked with the Lithuanian Family Center. In Kaunas Peter and Solvei were inspired to return to their former styles of drawing and art photography. (They believe their art has kept them sane.)

PETER does ink and watercolor drawings. He studied art and art history (St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 1973-77), studying one semester in Florence, Italy. He was very much inspired by the beauty of the city.

He likes realism and likes to work on paper. He developed a technique of combining watercolor and ink hatching. He likes the texture of the ink hatching, plus he can achieve rich, dark tones that he cannot create with watercolor alone.

I like to portray everyday life and I often see my scenes as still lifes. I am drawn to the design, color, lighting and shadows of a particular scene. It is refreshing for me to recreate this atmosphere or mood on paper. Now that we live in St. Paul, I am discovering new subject matter and creating new drawings.

SOLVEI studied painting and design as an art education major in college (Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD 1974-78). She began doing black and white photography at that time.

In 1982 Solvei studied more B&W photography and worked for a small business printing photos by hand. From 1987-2005 she took a lot of color slides and photos, primarily documenting their work and travel. However in 2007 she decided to get back into art photography, which she enjoyed in the early 1980s. Now she shoots color digital images.

While living in Lithuania I was inspired by our surroundings and I did a lot of street photography, which I came to love. I am drawn to the lighting and design of a scene, and am truly satisfied when my finished print looks more like a painting. I enjoy discovering “paintings” ready to be captured.

The Stohls live in the historic Cathedral Hill district of Saint Paul, and are inspired by their neighborhood and surroundings. They like to capture everyday life, and try to produce simple, classic images that draw the viewer in.

This exhibit includes earlier works from Kaunas, Lithuania as well as newer works from Saint Paul.