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What's New and What's Coming to Your Virtual Neighborhood Gallery + Museum
10 May 2020

While our historic museum building remains closed to the public, The Rourke continues to serve you

This week, we're rolling out another Artist of the Week and our third Staff Pick from the Collections, we'll be launching a new video class introducing basic drawing techniques, and Cameron Peterson's complete 50 States series of linocuts will be added to the gallery store as a virtual exhibit on Tuesday.

Our thanks to everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday Now by contributing to the Anniversary Fund or by joining as a new member of The Rourke. We're grateful for all of the museum's supporters—doubly so under present circumstances. For those who missed out on the global day of giving on 5 May, never fear: our 2020 Membership Drive and Anniversary Fund campaign are ongoing!

Explore what your neighborhood art gallery + museum has to offer and find your next artful adventure from the comfort of your home!

Artist of the Week : Debborah Richert

This week, we feature the sculptor Debborah RIchert. 

Above, top - Debborah creates a portrait bust of young Reid Strand at Rourke Gallery. [Photo courtesy Greg Booth]  Above, bottom (left to right) - "James Tiernan O'Rourke," bronze, 1985; "Reid: The North Dakota Kid," bronze, 1988; "Charles Beck," bronze, 1988

Below - "Gabriel," bronze, 1988 

[All works from the Permanent Collections of the RAGM]


Debborah Richert was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1960. She received her BA from Hamline University, St. Paul, in 1982 and her MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1985. Richert is the recipient of numerous honors for her portrait and figure work—including the James W. Johnston Sculpture Competition Award from the International Sculpture Center and the President's Prize from the National Sculpture Society—and many public commissions. Her remarkable life-size bronzes and ceramic works are in collections across the United States. 

Staff Picks from the Collections

Week 3 - Bennett Pearson

Above: Ashanti gold weight, "Crocodiles," bronze, Ghana [From the Permanent Collections of the RAGM]

Bennett Pearson, Gallery Associate at The Rourke, has selected an Ashanti gold weight, "Crocodiles," as his first Staff Pick.

Bennett explains:

These gold weights are interesting because they play with the idea of value. They are used to measure gold, but are bronze, and could very well be a simple brick or pattern (as other gold weights are), but instead represent an animal (or two). It’s hard to know now what the importance of the imagery is as it relates to worth or status or whatever, but there is so much to take in with something that easily fits in the palm of your hand — and even that, the scale, plays with value. It’s an object made for utility, but has so much more to decipher.

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