Special to the Star News
Art has been a constant in the Briggs family since it was just Chad and Terry, two artists in their twenties carving out a life together. Chad was a potter and woodworker, Terry a painter and mixed media artist.
Fast forward just over a quarter century and the two are now four.
The Briggs family is currently featured at Elk River Arts from July 13 through Aug. 13.
Chad is still a potter, bringing a fine art quality to functional pieces, and he now lends his carpentry and woodworking skills to furniture crafted from reclaimed wood and metal.
Terry is still a painter, lately trading figures for experimental landscapes and often incorporating three dimensional elements such as driftwood and river rocks.
Chloe, the younger daughter, graduated from the College of St. Benedict this spring with a degree in art and an interest in exploring self perception through portraiture, working mainly in oil painting.
Older daughter Ashle works mainly in words (she penned these paragraphs), but examples of her stopgap in photography can be seen alongside the art of the others.
Viewed together, the art pieces in varied mediums and expressions demonstrate how the members of the Briggs family continue to learn and draw inspiration from each other.