Fogarty’s niche

MARSHALL – It’s been quite a few years since there’s been an entire exhibit of nothing but works by Minnesota artist Terrence Fogarty.

“I don’t do a lot of that in general, do a lot of shows,” Fogarty said. The one show he does every year is the trade show at the state hockey tournament at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. “I’ve been doing that for 17 years.”

The 1982 Southwest Minnesota State graduate has had a few pieces in the SMSU alumni art show during homecoming, some works on display throughout the campus and one of his latest will be unveiled for the sports/recreation mural as part of the Marshall Mural Project.

Fogarty’s exhibit, “Sports for All Times,” will be on display through Aug. 8 at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council arts center. An artist reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Limited edition prints of the sports/recreation mural will be available for purchase.

Fogarty will also return to Marshall on Aug. 14 for the official unveiling of the sports/recreation mural.

Fogarty, who lives in Victoria, has come back to the Marshall area several times since he’s graduated. He said the last time he’s had a show in Marshall was about 10 years after he graduated from SMSU. He’s done some projects for the SMSU Alumni Foundation, he said. Several of his corporate clients include the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Wild, the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, CBS Columbia Records and the Milwaukee Brewers. He is commissioned by professional, collegiate and amateur sports organizations to make commemorative paintings.

“I’ve carved out a niche for sports-related artwork,” Fogarty said. “Most of my commission work, 90 percent has been of a local nature.”

According to the biography on his website, it says that Fogarty’s paintings can take many months to complete. He does an extreme amount of research, and for example, if a painting has a barn in it, he’ll go out to take a photo of that barn with the lighting he has in mind for the artwork. He usually sketches out his work first, and it may be a couple of weeks until paint “hits the canvas.”

Fogarty said what he likes about making his artwork is creating an emotion in people.

“I just love doing something where I can finish at the end of the day where it’s enjoyed by other people,” Fogarty said.”When I’m involved in a painting, it’s more than eight hours a day.”

Most of the works in the MAFAC exhibit lean heavily toward hockey, Fogarty said.

“Hockey and baseball over the years have taken up a lot of my energy,” he said. He said the artworks have a non-professional feel to them, like kids playing ice hockey on a frozen pond.