Amanda Webster next to her Painting on bluffs of St. Paul

MIDB Artwork Spotlight: "Hugging the Edge"

March 7, 2023
The abstract landscape piece "Hugging the Edge" is now part of MIDB's permanent art collection. Created by Minneapolis-based artist Amanda Webster, the vibrant painting represents the bluffs of St. Paul and Minnesota.  

Webster describes her artistic process as "abstracting the shapes of nature, playing with color and texture and layers of paint to build paintings that feel more like memories than reality. Paintings that capture what it feels like to be immersed in the natural world, not necessarily what it looks like in reality. When you look at my work, I want you to experience your own little escape. I want you to take a deep breath and let go of whatever you’re holding on to. Even if only for a moment."

"The contemporary feel of 'Hugging the Edge' blends into the contemporary design of MIDB, and we just knew it would organically make sense,” said Nik Fernholz, chair of MIDB's Art Program Committee.

Webster was thrilled to learn that "Hugging the Edge" would be permanently displayed at MIDB.
"There is something special in knowing that my painting will exist in a public space, where lots of folks can be impacted by it on a regular basis," Webster said on her blog. "What a great way to show employees that you truly care about them by using art to create a space that is inviting, inspiring, and promotes connection." 

Webster earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design and psychology from St. Catherine University. She's worked as a multi-disciplinary artist since 2006.
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Webster)

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