Filipi's photography featured
Work by more than 20 regional artists is on view through Jan. 14 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Featured are encaustic photographs by Nadia Alenov of St. Paul; wood-fired ceramics by Pat Barnick of St. Paul and James Smead of Minneapolis; digital prints on bamboo by Sarah Filipi of Blaine, Minn.; oil on linen panels by Wendy Lacska of Hudson; watercolor, ink and porcelain by Bri Larson of Hastings; photography by members of the Western Wisconsin Photo Club; and ceramics by Casey Beck of River Falls, Emily Romens of River Falls and Lisa Vang of Cottage Grove.
Filipi received her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Minnesota State University - Moorhead in 1999, and her Master of Arts in Management from Hamline University in St. Paul in 2007. She has operated Sarah Grace Photography, LLC since 2009. Filipi is a landscape photographer with visions of environmental preservation, support and education through imagery. An Anoka County master composter/recycler, she is an avid promoter and educator for the sustainability movement.
"I create to produce classic beauty, elegance and reveal raw emotion. While permanently recording my profound experiences with the natural world, I am able to retell the deeply emotional encounter I experienced at the exact moment the shutter was pressed," Filipi wrote. "Nature is an intensely prominent figure in my personal life. I understand how nature cultivates powerful connections and spellbinds us with falling light and luminous shadows. It is no coincidence that nature calms and soothes. It's natural. Just as natural as my destiny to advance and preserve the Earth's astonishing landscapes through photography. As a result of my steadfast relationship with the natural world, I continue to lead a more sustainable and less impactful lifestyle. I challenge myself to reduce consumption, reuse and compost materials. This includes printing on bamboo paper and using reclaimed frames. As a promoter and leader, I educate others about photography and our environment and continually find ways to integrate sustainability into life."
Recent shows of work by Filipi include Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago (solo, 2016); Hudson Hospital, (solo, 2016); Haute Dish in Minneapolis (solo, 2016); University of Minnesota, Institute for the Environment in Minneapolis (2015-16); Musee Louvre in Paris, France (2015); Medtronic in Minneapolis (solo, 2015); Art-A-Whirl in Minneapolis (2015); and Creative Climate Awards in New York City (2014). Filipi has received several awards for her work, and has been the subject of newspaper articles.
Galleries hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The center will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.