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Meet the Artist, Evan Weselmann
Evan Weselmann’s colorful paintings have graced gallery walls, and his lively illustrations have brightened online magazines. But it wasn’t until recently that he attained an honor few artists can claim: prominent placement of his work on the home refrigerator of his mentor.
“It’s pretty cool that someone can live on my refrigerator and in my heart for this long,” said Katherine Norrie, who taught Weselmann at Northfield High School and has continued to follow his career since he graduated from college. “He’s an active artist, and he’s creating things that are accessible to other people.”
One of Wesemann’s accessible creations, inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, is a Stay Home coloring book, downloadable for free on his website, evanweselmann.com. Norrie’s son Wyatt used colored pencils and his own creativity to personalize a page from the coloring book that features a playful house and the words “Stay Home.” It’s this work that Norrie affixed to her family’s refrigerator.
Another recent Weselmann creation is the Northfield Promise “Color My World” poster that’s available for free at a dozen locations throughout Northfield.
“I loved drawing as a child, and I want to instill that love in other people, and push them to keep doing it,” Weselmann said. “As an adult, it’s easy to stop making things.”
As a kid growing up in Northfield, Weselmann was inspired by Ed Emberley drawing books and The Adventures of Tintin comics. He said taking Norrie’s honors art class in high school fostered his independent sense of discovery and helped set him on the path to a career as an artist. He graduated from Northfield High School in 2012 and spent a year in Japan as a Rotary Exchange student before attending St. Olaf College for five years – four to get his degree in studio art, and an additional year in the art apprentice program. During his time on campus he was influenced by several professors, including Wendell Arneson.
Weselmann now lives in Minneapolis and specializes in painting, illustration and animation. He said he hopes the coloring poster will inspire kids of all ages to play with lines and shapes, without worrying about whether their art meets someone else’s expectations or looks realistic enough.
“Art should be about having fun, and because you’re having fun that will come across in the final project,” he said.