Four Alexandria Technical and Community College art students will be exhibiting their work at Fine Line Arts – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA – Four graduate students from the Alexandria Technical and Community College of Communication and Design will exhibit some of their work at the Fine Line Arts in Alexandria from May 14 to June 24.

Maglothin, 22, is an illustrator of animals whose primary style is realism. Her favorite media are colored pens and digital art made in Procreate on her iPad. He graduated from the ATCC on May 11 with a degree in Fine Arts. He says he hopes to get a job as a freelancer or illustrator.

“I am inspired by nature, the world and the creatures around me, and my pets,” Maglothin said. “I do art to capture the expression and spirit of animals.”

Originally from Morristown, Maglothin has been drawing since she could hold a crayon. She says she has always loved art and never gets bored.

“Art is a way to create something cool or beautiful and give vent to your emotions. Sometimes I use it to show how I feel,” she says. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to showcase my art at the Fine Lines Art Gallery. I hope to meet new people and make connections.”

Her favorite piece to be exhibited is called “Scarlett,” a drawing of her mother’s horse in pencil color.

Berglund, 22, of Alexandria will graduate from the ATCC this spring with a degree in Communication Arts and Design. After graduation, she plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin Stout to complete a graduate degree in graphic design.

She says she is a fan of media and styles. But her favorites are pencil, shower and oil painting.

“I love the precision of pen and ink and how much you can create just by playing with lines and strokes. I love oil painting because it relaxes and allows me to relax and live in the moment,” Berglund said. “When it comes to styles, I like to use vivid colors and a carefree, playful tone.”

Berglund says she has had a natural penchant for art since she was young and has used it as a way to have fun.

For a long time Berglund says that he did not consider art a realistic career option. But after her life lesson instructor said she had a lot of potential, she was convinced to join the Communication Art and Design program.

“For me, art is all about creating. There’s so much fun in making a work and watching the idea come to life. It’s almost like magic to watch a piece come together,” she said.

One of her favorite works to be exhibited is “Anatomy Lesson” – a parody oil painting by Rembrandt, “Dr. Nicolaes Tulpe’s Anatomy Lesson”.

Pesta, 19, grew up in Royalton and is an illustrator who loves to tell stories through her work. Most of her work is digitally created in Procreate or Adobe Illustrator in the style of cartoon and fantasy. He also works with traditional media such as watercolors and oil paints. He will graduate from the ATCC on May 11th.

“I create for the joy of creation … It is liberation from everything else that happens in the world, all the stress of everyday life,” said Pesta.

Pesta says she has always loved the art and illustration of that children’s book like The Invisible Moose and Go Dogs Go! He had a great influence on her as a child.

After school, he says he hopes to find a job in illustration, but currently has side projects in the meantime. She decided to pursue art because that’s what she enjoys and what she’s passionate about.

She said her favorite piece to exhibit is The Lion and the Rabbit because it best demonstrates her illustrative skills.

“Exposing my work is a great achievement. I have never had a work like this before and it is a big step for me,” she said.

Mattzon, 20, of Zimmerman will graduate from the ATCC this spring with a degree in individual studies. She plans to get a job in design, but hopes to one day become an illustrator for children’s books.

From a young age, she said she was inspired to create art by her dad.

“We had this framed ‘doodle’ that he made from a horse-drawn carriage in the snow a long time ago, and every time I looked at it, I felt drawn to the theme. From there, I drew all the time,” Mattson said.

Mattson will feature a three-part series called Minnesota Waterfowl that showcases her love of plants, wildlife and Minnesota and presents her two favorite media, watercolor and color pencil.

“Art for me is an escape from frustration, anger and sadness. It’s something I can look forward to after a long day, and it’s something that is timeless,” she says. “I don’t have to finish the whole thing in one breath. It may take me years to complete the part without condemnation.”

She added that seeing people work in the gallery is a dream come true.

“Recognition as an artist is something we all strive for, especially in an occupation called ‘broke.’

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Drawing of two ducks by Eryn Mattson.

Contributed photo.

The four artists will be exhibiting their work at Fine Line Arts from Saturday, May 14, with an open house ceremony from 3 to 6 p.m., and will remain on sale until Friday, June 24.

More information can be found by calling 320-433-0923 or on the store’s website at

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