By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MONTROSE, MN Local artist Cathy Rose doesn’t limit herself to “tried and true” forms of artistic expression.
Instead, she challenges her imagination to create artwork the world has never seen.
“I think it’s really important to recognize originality and always keep that alive,” said Rose, who will be showcasing some of her pieces at Dancing River Wellness Center during Delano’s Old-Fashioned Christmas art walk Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rose incorporates elements of nature into her decorative wall hangings, sculptures, paintings, weavings, and other distinctive designs.
“I’ve collected wood and bits and pieces of nature for the past 15 years,” she said. “I’ve been saving up in order to make these creations.”
Last year, Rose’s art walk display included many artistic “craft-like” items.
“Now, this year, I’ve decided it’s time to show a little bit more of who I am and what I’m capable of,” she said.
One of the pieces she plans to feature is one of her oldest a weaving she made at age 17.
“Artists who come to my house always notice it,” she said.
Rose created the weaving out of colorful weeds found in autumn.
“I just thought, this will be fun,” she said. “I love the colors and the textures, and I kind of created a frame and started weaving.”
That type of originality is characteristic of Rose, whose art is unmistakably one-of-a-kind.
“The challenge is to empty your mind and let new ideas come in,” she said. “Be quiet, rest, and daydream be a child.”
Many artists don’t challenge themselves to create to their full potential because of the tremendous time and energy required, according to Rose.
Rose, who owns Nature’s Nest Bed and Breakfast in Montrose, understands this predicament firsthand. Time to think creatively doesn’t just “happen,” she said.
“I think you have to make time,” she said. “Life gets so busy.”
One of the great aspects of American culture is people’s ability to use their imaginations effectively, Rose said.
“Many other cultures are not as creative with their art,” she said. “They’re very technically good at it, but it’s more of a craft a skill.”
Rose believes that art is of great value.
“If you don’t stimulate creativity, you won’t be able to problem solve,” she said.
People who see another person’s artwork are also impacted.
“Artists inspire creativity in other people,” she said. Each person’s art is unique, evoking a variety of thoughts and feelings.
At Nature’s Nest, Rose channels her imagination into designing gardens, growing plants, and creating a welcoming atmosphere for her bed and breakfast guests.
She loves being both an artist and businesswoman because both talents build off each other.
To learn more about Nature’s Nest, go to www.naturesnestfarm.com or call (763) 972-6891.