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From the trash heap to the gallery

Artist James Quentin Young uses mostly reclaimed material to make his crosses.

James Quentin Young is an artist who draws influence from God, his travels and from reviving discarded and broken items.

While those three things may seem quite unrelated, the way Young weaves them together has brought the Minnesota native notoriety. Primarily, Young creates crosses from old wood, metal and found objects. Additionally, Young restores furniture, makes jewelry and paints.

As a young man, Young spent some time in Mexico City, studying at the University of the Americas. His time in the country deeply influenced his art. Specifically, Young was drawn to the many crosses that are prominent there.

A Christian, Young said he demonstrates his faith by creating crosses using restored and transformed materials. Young said the process of using discarded items portrays Christ’s acceptance of the flawed and rejected and the transformation through His death and resurrection. Additionally, Young said he grew up during World War II and learned early the value of old metal and recycling.

“Christ came to help the thrown away and that’s what I do,” said Young.

Young taught art education in public schools for more than 30 years. He retired 20 years ago and decided to concentrate on his art.

A celebrated artist, Young has served as the artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce Center in Washington D.C. and in Prague, Czech Republic in 2009.

Through April 20, Young will have an exhibit up in the Rosemount United Methodist Church. Young also will present on his work at 9:30 a.m. March 23 at the church.

Rosemount UMC artist-in-residence DeAnne Parks said she’s excited to have Young’s work displayed at the church. Parks picked the pieces displayed. She encouraged the public to come in and view the exhibit.

The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and during all scheduled church activities including Sunday morning services.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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