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McGee, Anderson to show work at Worthington Gallery

Friday, June 10, 2011

Barb McGee and Tim Anderson. Photo contributed
WORTHINGTON, Minn. - One paints horses and western scenes, the other recycles pieces and parts to make furniture and sculptures. What do they have in common?

Vision, artistic talent and a joint show at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, Minn.

Barb McGee does country and western paintings, along with some florals, and Tim Anderson designs wall sculptures and furniture using exotic woods and found objects. Both are featured from June 5 to June 29 at the art center.

McGee, owner of McGee Art Gallery and Framing in Peterson was raised on a farm in Iowa, where her father raised horses.

"I grew up in the era of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans," she stated. "When I was 13, I decided what I wanted to do was paint horses."

After entering junior high, McGee did her first painting.

"I found out that painting horses wasn't going to be nearly as easy as I thought it would be," she said with a laugh. "But I kept practicing."

In the late 1990s she started working with watercolors, mostly because oils take so long to dry.

"It was two years before I'd show anyone what I did," McGee admitted.

Talking to another artist who worked with watercolors, she was told, "The paint won't go where the water isn't wet." That simple little statement was her a-ha moment, she said.

"Within a month I was saying, 'Look, look! Look what I did!'"

Her paintings are not always horses, but generally have a country theme. From her brushes flow renditions of broncos, cows, country roads and other western motifs.

McGee Gallery and Framing opened in 2000, and has expanded a couple of times. Opening the gallery gave McGee a place to showcase her own work and that of other artists.

When she first saw some of the pieces created by Tim Anderson, she was very impressed.

"I saw some of his things at a shop in Cherokee, and I met him shortly after that," McGee said.

Anderson grew up in Cherokee, then moved to the Kansas City area for 27 years. There, he restored antique furniture for a living before returning to Cherokee.

"The modern art -- that was my therapy," he stated.

He classifies his art as post-modernism with a whimsical twist.

"I'm one of those people that recycles stuff," Anderson said. "I turn it into art."

While working to restore antique pieces, he would come across interesting pieces of wood. Later, he utilized those in his creative work.

There are stories behind each piece he creates, including one he has dubbed "Jimm's World."

"Jimm is me," he explained. "All of my friends call each other Jim, some are spelled Jym or other ways."

While at an antique dealer shop, he was given a piece of uniquely-shaped walnut. One day, a design using the piece started growing in his head.

He tries to put a bit of color into everything he builds and creates, using circles, squares and triangles.

"I used to use a lot of wire, but then I ran out," he said with a grin. "Everything just kind of evolves."

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