First Friday is a monthly event at the Historic Mentor School featuring arts from the region.

Barb Pinc of Plummer will be the featured artist at the First Friday event held at the Historic Mentor School on Friday, January 4, 2013.  The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception held from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.      The exhibit will feature her watercolor and pastel paintings.

Barb Pinc grew up on a dairy farm in Plummer, Minnesota. She knew at a young age that the love of art was a gift.  Happiness is using that gift by teaching what she’s learned to others, including children.  She attended Northland Community College and the University of Minnesota where she received a BS in Art Education.  In 1993, Barb had been the sole proprietor of Studio 61 in Hastings, Minnesota, where she taught a variety of art mediums to youth and adults.   In 2007 she came back to her roots as the Art Teacher at Red Lake County Central Elementary in Plummer and Red Lake County Central High School in Oklee.   

Barb is on the Board of Directors of the Artist of Minnesota, a rural artist organization.  She has demonstrated products for Ampersand Company at the International Association of Pastel Societies.  Her painting Autumn was published in the 2001 edition of Pastel Artist International, “Master Pastel Artists of the World, United States Showcase.” Her painting “Wild Roses” is hanging in the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion.   Her Painting “Tiger Jack” won a merit award at the Minnesota State Fair. This will be Barb’s last year in Plummer and she will be moving back to the Twin Cities.

First Friday is a monthly event at the Historic Mentor School featuring an artist from the region, yoga session with Marina Semerikov and a Wine & Food Pairing workshop with Bonnie Stewart.  Jo McFarlin’s art studio is also open during the event.  The goal of First Friday is to provide artists with another venue in the region to exhibit their work and to bring individuals from the area together for an afternoon and evening of enjoyment.

For more information, contact Bonnie Stewart at 218-435-6119.