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Elevator as Art

A brand new view of an old icon of the Morris skyline can now be hung on a wall.

Minneapolis architect and painter Victor Perlbachs created a watercolor painting of the Morris Co-op elevator after seeing it during a 2007 trip to Morris.

The painting is displayed in the Minnesota Watercolor Society's Spring Juried Exhibition, which runs the month of April, at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

"As an architect, I have always had an interest in how and why a town's architecture develops," Perlbachs said. "Especially in smaller towns where an agricultural or industrial need resulted in its growth as a center for the surrounding area's commerce."

When passing through a town, Perlbachs said he tries to find the train depot, mill or elevator.

"These structures sometimes have a strong 'presence', even if they are, in some degree, in disrepair," Perlbachs said. "The co-op has that strong presence, almost right in the middle of downtown Morris."

Perlbachs visited Morris for the first time in mid-2007 on a business trip to the University of Minnesota, Morris, to attend a meeting for possible design services.

He took several photos of the co-op but did not create the painting until later in 2008.

"I have had an interest in watercolor for many years, but have been painting seriously for eight years," he said. "My most successful work has been with buildings in the landscape, although I also enjoy painting still life compositions, landscapes, and objects of interest."

Perlbachs said he didn't get the job at UMM, but coming up with the subject matter for his 11-1/2-inch by 15-inch painting made the trip worthwhile anyway, he said.

Minnetonka Center for the Arts Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center for the Arts is located at 2240 Northshore Drive, in Wayzata.

Prints are available by contacting Perlbachs by email at: