New Ulm artist wins award

Robyn Sand Anderson, New Ulm, won third place in a juried art show sponsored by the Benedictine Center in Maplewood. Her abstract work, entitled “Perception” explores life’s contrasts, such as suffering and hope, light and darkness, joy and sorrow, beauty and ugliness.

The exhibit, called “Seeing God,” features area artists whose creative process captures a sense of the Divine when seeing the world. More than 60 artists submitted their work, which will be on display at the Center until March 15. The top three winners share a $375 prize.

Sand Anderson has been painting for 30 years, primarily in watercolor. In 2008, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating condition that causes pain, fatigue and weakness. After a year of treatment she was able to paint again and found that painting acrylic abstracts better expressed the mystery of life and her own spiritual growth.

Sand Anderson and her husband Jon Anderson, Bishop of the Southwest Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, have lived in New Ulm for 17 years and have three children.

She has won many awards for her work, most recently the Grand Prize in the Springfield Juried Art Show. She has also been commissioned to create artwork by several companies, including Augsburg Publishing Company of Minneapolis and Anchor Wallace Company in Sleepy Eye.

The Benedictine Center’s “Art & Spirituality” series is designed to show how art sustains and expands the spiritual imagination and deepens awe for the beauty of creation. It is open to the public free of charge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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