Selective Focus: Patricia Canelake

Patricia Canelake is a painter and teacher who creates large, colorful paintings that combine figurative drawing with the spontaneous drips, layers and other effects of paint.

P.C.: My aesthetic is an aesthetic of attraction — both obvious and mysterious. Simple figurative, and animal subjects, leashed and unleashed, are the subjects of my work. That push and pull are recognizable experiences. My painting style is a fine balance between storytelling and the rough elegance of form, line and color.

Sleepwalker with Leashed Horses, oil painting


Lanesboro Arts “Rural Aesthetics,” is a solo exhibition of oil paintings presently showing in Lanesboro Minnesota until August 6. The Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open seven days a week June through October. In Duluth you can see my work at Lizzards Gallery, Hemlocks Leatherworks, and at Adeline’s Inc. Documentary film shorts by Frank Sander are viewable on Vimeo.

Thinker, oil painting


I live and work in Knife River, Minn., a small fishing village on the north shore of Lake Superior. I grew up on the Iron Range in Virginia, Minn., where my father ran a handmade candy shop. I presently dip chocolates in Knife River and work at painting and printmaking in two small, renovated buildings, which face the scenic North Shore highway and Lake Superior. This rural studio informs my practice immensely and the work often spills out into a large yard where I can stretch canvases outdoors or bring canvases to dry in the northeast winds.

Sleepwalker, oil painting


I have received two McKnight awards, three Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, Public Art Commissions, and Arrowhead Regional Arts awards. I participated in over eight national and international artist residencies, including Yaddo and MacDowell Colonies. I taught Media Arts at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minn., as well as visual art and art history courses at Lake Superior College, Fond du Lac Community College, and Itasca Community College.

Patricia Canelake

Compatabile Goats (Contrapasto)

People can see my work at:
Lanesboro Arts
Lizzards Gallery
Café Latte
Minnesota State Arts Board/ Arts Across the State Exhibit
Patricia Canelake Artist Page
Patricia Canelake Website
Patricia Canelake Blog
Adeline’s Hair Salon
Hemlocks Leatherworks

Blue Beauties, oil painting

Current Exhibits

Lanesboro Arts
Solo Exhibit – Rural Aesthetics June 3 to Aug. 6
Lanesboro, Minn.

Lizzards Art Gallery, Duluth
Minnesota State Arts Board, Group Exhibit, St. Paul
Café Latté, St. Paul
Hemlocks Leatherworks, Duluth

Compatable Goats (Leashed) with Sleepwalker

Upcoming Group Exhibit
Gallery 71 | The Things We See
12 August – 28 October, 71 France, Minneapolis
Curated by Mary Bergs

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