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The Reif Center's lobby doubles as a visual arts gallery throughout the performance season, offering local and regional artists a fully equipped, high-traffic exhibit area. Three white walls, with Walker System capability, provide more than 500 square feet of accessible, well-lit display space for two-dimensional work, and there are pedestals and cases for 3-D work.

From September to April, exhibits rotate approximately every six weeks, with both solo and group shows. This is a consignment gallery; the Reif handles all sales paperwork and ensures a certain amount of publicity via our playbills, newsletters and periodic coverage by the local media.

In April and May the gallery is home to student artists, with large exhibits by Grand Rapids Middle School and High School art departments.

Artists interested in showing and selling their work at the Reif should have strong work samples and proposals ready to submit. The gallery is typically booked a year in advance. Contact the Reif at 218.327.5780 for more information.

In the Gallery

Jo Wood
"The Bead & Me"
September 2-October 15

Jo Wood

“The Bead & Me”
Artist Statement

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
John Murer

I delight in botanical elegance.   With tiny glass beads and new and recycled textiles, I hand-stitch intimate impressions of the shapes, patterns and colors of the world around me.   Living and working in Northern Minnesota for over 20 years gave me time to know its shorelines, forest trails, and gardens where flowers gesture, trees reach, water moves.  My passion for beads started when I used them to embellish birch bark boxes and leather bags with the local flora and fauna.  On day I decided…”If I can bead a flower then I can bead a tree…or the whole forest!”  That’s when things really began to happen in my work.  I was “painting with beads.”

This exhibit is a selection from nearly two decades of beadwork, from my earliest pieces on leather and fully beaded landscapes, to my recent works embroidered on felted wool and other textiles.  Over the past few years I’ve added layered fabrics and a variety of materials to make a form of bead and fiber collage with storytelling imagery.

Bead embroidery is a patient art form.  I choose and stitch one bead at a time and enjoy the meditative process, the labor and deliberate nature of stitching.  The size of the pieces, combined with the density of the beads and lusciousness of colors and fabric, convey my impressions of a jewel-like and precious world.  Each “painting” is a product of heart and hand, a tribute to the beauty and enchantment of nature.

This world is our home, a home we share.  We take up space.  We leave our mark.  Move slowly.  Find meaning and balance.  Be inspired

Jo Wood

Jo Wood is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Career Development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Coucil ( which is funded in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008;   an appropriation from the State Legislature;   and the McKnight Foundation.
For gallery representation, workshops, and exhibits please visit her website at:




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