Lowe’s Documentary Featured by Star Tribune

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by

Professor Kristen Lowe

Professor Kristen Lowe

Associate Professor of Art and Art History Kristen Lowe will see her documentary film Painting the Place Between premiere Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Lowe and the film are featured in a recent article by Star Tribune writer Mary Abbe. Here is an excerpt from Abbe’s story:

Setting out to make her first feature-length film, a documentary about abstract-landscape painters, Minnesota filmmaker Kristen Lowe knew what she was going for.

“I believe in brevity,” Lowe said. “Too many art films are too long. I wanted it to be informative, intimate and — this is most important — entertaining.”

Enter editor/producer Brian Forrest with the daffy old movie clips, illustrations and comic asides that punctuate the earnest chatter and philosophic musings in “Painting the Place Between,” Lowe’s 60-minute film that premieres Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Ostensibly the movie is about four Minnesota artists, their self-doubts and aspirations, triumphs and setbacks, bad weather, great light, influences and all the other stuff that creatives mull over while watching the paint dry. But at heart “it just shows what you have to go through to have a lifelong career in painting,” Lowe said.

The featured artists — Betsy Byers, Jil Evans, Holly Swift and Andrew Wycks — are longtime friends or colleagues of Lowe, an associate professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. Byers is an assistant professor at Gustavus. Evans previously taught at St. Olaf College. Swift has taught at various colleges for more than 25 years, and British-born Wycks is an associate professor at Hamline University.

The entire story can be read on the Star Tribune’s website.

You can also get more information about Painting the Place Between by reading a previous article posted on the Gustavus website.


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