By Jennifer Scammahorn and Donna Budzynski

Many of us are fascinated by nature. We feel awe when we walk out into the open sky; calm as we trek through a living forest. Nature gives us a magical truth through its cycle. Seasons bring challenges and tragedy. Creatures and foliage die. We must accept and embrace this because it cannot be controlled. The world is continually telling us these truths. There is rebirth and regeneration through this death – a growth through what disintegrates around us. This exposed vulnerability brings beauty, if we are open to it.

Jennifer Scammahorn says “This is my Curiosity. I create images to hopefully understand this process of nature. I mix acrylic stains with the painted details. I challenge myself to let my tools and medium run their own course”.

Donna Buszynski is a painter inspired by everyday people. Her Paintings transform someone she finds interesting into a unique funky vibrant character. 

Donna uses Acrylics and often uses torn paper for texture. “Recently, I have incorporated cut-out birch wood to achieve a new exciting visual depth to invite the viewer to experience the character in a different form” She says. 

“Creatures & Characters”opens on Friday, March 1. The public is invited to an artists’ reception from 4-7pm on Friday, March 1. Wine, beer and light appetizers will be served. The gallery will continue throughout the month of March. Regular gallery hours are 10 am-5 pm, Thursday-Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.  

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through an operating grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriations from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is sponsored by Froggy’s Bar & Grill.

Located in Pine City, the Pine Center for the Arts has been serving the Pine City area since 2009. With a variety of programming opportunities, the non-profit, volunteer-led facility is a gathering place for artisans and art lovers alike. Artists interested in displaying their work or teaching others their skills are welcome to contact the Pine Center for the Arts. For more information, please see