New art on display at MercyOne Clinic on Bridge Avenue
MercyOne Albert Lea Family Medicine & Specialty Care has new artwork on its walls courtesy of Tammy Schneider — 16 paintings that have been in the room since early February to be precise.
“They’re big,” she said, referring to what she calls country imagery with horses, mules, cattle, cows, barns and farm scenes. “… [people] I just like seeing animals, they like the art work and it makes me happy and it makes them happy too.
The Health Clinic presented the work through a partnership with the Albert Lea Art Center.
“I’m a member of the Art Center and they wanted me to put the paintings there because I have a big job,” she said. “It’s a long wall. It takes a lot of tables to fill it.
But she was happy to do so because it freed up space in her house, which she estimates still has 40 paintings.
Schneider was first approached by the arts organization last summer to put on an exhibit. In preparation, she has produced two new pieces and her exhibition, “Country Images”, will remain on display until the end of the month.
His goal for the exhibition is to elicit joy in viewers and perhaps encourage them to purchase some of his work.
Besides MercyOne, Schneider has a mural at the Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative that she was commissioned to do, which is on display in the lobby of the new building.
Being an artist was something she had been doing since she could hold a pencil. In fact, art runs in his family.
“My mother was an artist,” she says. “She was content to sit at the table and paint. She did watercolors and drawings and she helped me.
Besides natural talent, Schneider was in a school of artistic education.
“They used to have something in the paper, or ‘Draw Me.’
Schneider, who specializes in acrylics and watercolors, has previously exhibited work in Rochester, Austin and Mantorville. She also painted on commissions.
“It’s relaxing,” she says. “You go to another place, you are in a different place when you paint. It’s a different world when you create.
There will be an open house for Schneider from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the medical plaza, which is located at 2510 Bridge Ave., Suite 2073.
Schneider’s work is also for sale. If you would like to purchase a part, contact Schneider at 507-438-9058. You can also contact the Center d’Art.