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Corrigan will show her work

Rita Corrigan, a longtime resident of Rosemount, is exhibiting her pastel landscapes at the Benedictine Center from Nov. 24 through Jan. 22.

Called Superior Light, her exhibit shows her love for nature and how the brilliance of pastels has captured her imagination.

For the past two years, Corrigan has won awards in the Benedictine Center’s Juried Art exhibit called “Seeing God.” Last year, she won first place in this competition with an abstract work called Superior Sunrise. In 2014, her painting, Resurrection, earned her a second place award.

Corrigan has been painting all her life, focusing most recently on landscapes of northern Minnesota. She has an MA degree in creative photography and oil painting and was an art teacher for 25 years.

“Painting or drawing is something I don’t think I could live without,” she explains.

She and her husband, Donald, who lived in Rosemount for more than 40 years, raised five children. She taught art at St. Joseph Catholic School and in the Rosemount public school system. Donald once owned Corrigan Electric, a company established by his father in 1932.

In addition to her current exhibit at St. Paul’s Monastery, her paintings can be seen at the Mayo Hospital Gallery in Red Wing, and the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington. Other recent awards include Best Pastel at the Art in Harmony Exhibit in Elk River; and a Merit award at the Burnsville Society of the Arts Exhibit in Burnsville.

This spring, Corrigan participated in an exhibit at a reception for the Ambassador of Ireland in St. Paul. This December, she’s opening a gallery/studio in the former Corrigan Electric Building in Rosemount.

The Center sponsors five exhibits annually, featuring area artists. They are open to the public free of charge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 651-777-7251 or email: The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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