I’ve had the privilege of being a professional artist for 39 years, exhibiting in art shows and festivals. My ceramic work grew from mostly functional to include sculptural in the 1990’s. I began a secondary career as a massage therapist, and the many years of studying anatomy for body-work readily transitioned into my clay work and I began to do figurative clay sculptures, and later bronze.
I currently sell my ceramic art at art festivals including two Renaissance Festivals, Colorado and Minnesota, and display my ceramic and bronze art at local events.
In 2007 through 2014 I created four public sculptures with environmental themes that had large community involvement. The first was a city wide sculpture event using my seven-foot great blue heron sculpture River Spirit; other local artists decorated 15 copies which were then auctioned to raise money for Winona’s Fine Arts Commission, which provides grants to city artists. The second, an otter themed drinking fountain titled Clean Water Brings Life, was an aspect of a year-long city wide project to raise awareness of water use. The third sculpture, Honor the Earth, Protect the Soil, was a ¾ life size sculpture of a gardener/farmer, which acts as a memorial to one of Winona’s community leaders in land stewardship and has been installed at the sustainability garden at Winona State University. The most recent sculpture, A Place to Live, is also an otter themed drinking fountain but also includes a water bottle filler and was commissioned by the city of Winona and was installed next to the Visitor’s Center in July 2014.
Working on these kinds of sculptures is very rewarding because of the knowledge I gain about various issues due to the research that goes into them. During the many hours of sculpting I contemplate on these issues and in putting the pieces out for public display, I share with others the concepts. Thus, the creative process becomes a truly personal expression of me and how I relate to the world I live in.
Showings by appointment – please contact artist to make arrangements.
Public Art in Winona:
- Clean Water Brings Life Drinking Fountain – North side of the Bandshell
- A Place to Live Drinking Fountain – East side of the Visitor’s Center
- Honor the Earth, Protect the Soil – Sustainability Garden on Winona State University Campus (at Main St. & Howard)
- River Spirit 36 in – Meditation Garden on Winona State University Campus (North side of Performing Arts Center – installation scheduled for summer 2016)
- River Spirit 7 ft (Blue Heron Project birds painted by other artists) – Throughout Winona
Public Art in other Cities:
- 2016 Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk – River Spirit 7 ft
- 2016 Sioux Falls Avera McKennan Hospital – A Meeting with Destiny
- 2016 Mason City Sculpture Walk – Gone Fishin’
- 2016 Watertown Sculpture Walk – Clean Water Brings Life
Some of Lynette’s bronze sculptures can be seen at the Rivertown Pottery booth (#126) at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.