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Nadia Alenov
January 16 – March 31

Artist Statement

Painting over my photographs with wax medium brings me deep into an image. Melting down, dry brushing and carving allows me to examine the beauty and emotion of the land, its seasons and atmospheres, while enhancing the textural properties of the terrain. Encaustics helps seal in the intrinsic qualities of an image and elevates the piece to a state of timelessness. Encaustic medium is a mixture of beeswax and dammar resin, a sap from a tree in the East Indies. The word “encaustics” means, “to burn in”. The Greeks first developed the process in the 5th Century and artwork from the era still exists today - virtually unchanged! Its durability is due in large part to the preservative qualities of the wax. Photographic encaustics are a relatively new spin on this ancient technique.

About Nadia

Nadia resides in St. Paul, MN. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2010. Her work has been shown at The Phipps Center for the Arts (2018); Hudson Hospital (2016); The Auction at MCAD (2016, 2013); Burnet Gallery (2014, 2013); Birchwood Cafe (2014); Covet Consign & Design (2014); Ruckus Art (2014, 2013); Gallery 360 (2014, 2013); and MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004).

We Connect Makers, Growers & Community

To Our Customers—

As we move toward the new year, we are re-affirming our vision of Kopplin’s as a connection point for makers, growers, and community. This is demonstrated in three significant commitments:

• to organic (as well as local, ethical and sustainable) products, including all certified organic Midwest dairy

• to our employees, including livable wages since January 1, 2015 and paid time off for all staff beginning January 1, 2017

• to clarity and transparency for our customers, including an honest menu that accurately reflects our prices, which already include sales tax and gratuity

We continue to choose our products as a form of support for suppliers we believe in. We continue to offer a welcoming space to all customers and to honor the employees who shape that space for all of us.

As with all businesses, we periodically assess the price of our goods based on market factors. At Kopplin’s, we also use this assessment point as an opportunity to revisit our values and their impact on all aspects of the shop. When St. Paul passed an “Earned Sick and Safe Time” ordinance in September 2016, it became clear to us that we wanted to provide this option for our workers at the earliest opportunity, rather than waiting for our mandated implementation date in 2018. We believe that employees deserve the stability of knowing that illness or critical safety issues will not impact their ability to earn a wage.

The increase in price you see reflected on our new menu allows us to continue providing high-quality local, organic, and sustainable products. It also allows us to lay the groundwork for paid time off in 2017. Coming after two years of successful tip-free higher wages, we feel like this is a clear and positive next step to take action on our values.

As always, we thank you for joining us at the table.

Andrew & Amanda Kopplin, Owners