Carrie Kleinberger
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Photo by David Ginsberg, Eclipse Productions

Carrie is co-founder of Minnesota Realists, a local organization supporting artists trained in realism.

Originally self-taught in charcoal with an emphasis on still life, Carrie spent years developing her style. She was particularly interested in capturing the light and shadows emanating from crystal and fine glass. As she expanded her medium to include oils and mixed media, Carrie was drawn to seek professional training.

In 2001 Carrie retired from a 21 year career as a public defender for Juvenile and Family Court in Ramsey and Washington Counties. With encouragement from her family, she began to pursue her love of painting and drawing. But, it was not until 2008 that she began formal training at the Edina Art School. In 2009 she applied to The Atelier in Minneapolis and spent four years of rigorous training in the Atelier method of realism under the direction of Cyd Wicker and Dale Redpath.

An “imaginative realist,” she works in oil on canvas and on wood panels.  Her work includes figure drawings, portraits, still lifes, landscapes, seascapes and florals.  Her artwork is influenced and inspired by her travels and the people she has met, her interest in differing religious beliefs, her desire to capture the movement, beauty, and light in water and glass, and now the beauty of florals.

Carrie’s commissioned works include portraits, pet portraits, farm houses and historical buildings. Some of Carrie’s most prominent series of works, include The Ten Plagues, Strong Women in the Bible, Water and Sand: Forging a Nation and The Power of Water. She has participated in numerous juried and non-juried art exhibition events. Carrie is passionate about sharing her art with others in various forums.

Her studio is located in St. Paul, Minnesota and her work appears regularly in exhibitions.

Carrie's Formal Training
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The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art
Minneapolis, MN

The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art focuses primarily on teaching fine draftsmanship and painting skills leading to the creation of well constructed artwork. The Atelier has passed on from teacher to student, a method of instruction which melds formal academic training with influence of the French Impressionists. American art students in the late nineteenth century European art academies brought this combined education home to pass on to their own students.  The school is currently run under the direction of Cyd Wicker. For more information, click on the button below.

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"Egyptian Princess"

Carolyn Kleinberger


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Edina Art Center School of Realism
Edina, MN

The Edina Art Center's mission is to build a vibrant community by fostering common bonds, nurturing talent and creating venues for expressing and appreciating art and culture in Edina.

The Edina Art Center provides the community with a place to view exciting exhibitions, enjoy artistic and cultural events and a place to learn how to express their creativity through art-making.