Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SooLocal 2nd Annual Holiday Shop

***UPDATE 12/6/13: Several of my pieces for the shop sold last weekend so I am adding new stuff this week- a banana, bunny, a turtle and a a little poodle. ;0)

happy/sad banana!

poodle, hand painted wooden thrift store poodle, 5.75" tall x 3 long

bunny, acrylic on ceramic thrift store bunny, 4" tall x 5.5"

turtle, hand painted wooden thrift store turtle, 4.25" long x 3"

Horse (hand painted wooden thrift store wall hanging) approx 21"l x 11"h x .25"d (SOLD)

I've gussied up some of new, hand-painted thrift store critters for the second annual installment of the SooLocal Holiday Shop (presented by the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis).

Dog (hand painted ceramic thrift store dog) approx 10.75"h x 7.5"l x 5"d (SOLD)

Bookends (hand painted thrift store bookends) approx 7"h

Bird (hand painted ceramic thrift store bird) approx 9.5"h x 5"l x 3"w  (SOLD)

Duck (hand painted plastic thrift store duck decoy) approx 17"w x 7"d x 8"h

SooVAC has installed 80 gazillion piescs of art on the walls and they also have tons of housewares, jewelry, art prints, greeting cards, tote bags, accessories and every stripe of handmade item you can imagine.  
Most items are $200 or less- many faaaar less.
(Full scoop below this preview.)

Where: 3506 Nicollet Avenue South between Pat's Tap and Honeycomb Salon (NOT at Soo!) map
What: A holiday Pop-Up shop featuring affordable items by local (MN) artists. (Participant list below.)
When: November 30- December 22, Sats and Suns from 12-4pm
Why: So you can SHOP LOCAL and feel great about supporting the artists of MN (and Soo!)
How: This incredible shop is made possible by the dedicated staff and volunteers at SooVAC. Be sure to give them a high five!

Participating artists include: Ashley Barlow, Bill Beekman ,Adrea Beres, Boxy Mouse, Allen Brewer, Laura Brown, Bruno Press, Michael Carina, Jaime Carrera, Kristy Childress, Cosmo's Collars, Tara Costello, Amy Crickenberger Oath, Jonas Crisco, Jennifer Davis, Squared Furniture, Nick Devries, Brian Frink, Christi Furnas, Toni Gallo, Mary Gibney, Gia Gifford, Lindsy Halleckson, Noah Harmon, Anne Hauge/Flaunt This, Nick Howard, Anne Jin Soo Preston, Brian Jorgenson, Bethany Kalk, Melissa Loop, Amy Lyste, Shawn McNulty, Martha Mcquade.MN Lovely, Ododo Originals, Terrence Payne, Haley Prochnow, Kimberly Tschida Petters, Rene Redenius, Amy Rice, Erika Ritzel, ROX by Robyne Robinson, Joe Sinness, Liza Sylvestre, Pamela Valfer, Heather Wayne, Zuzka Wilson and more.....daily previews posted on the Facebook event page.

Friday, November 8, 2013

"Collect Call" at SooVAC

*** UPDATE 12/6/13: I've added some photos from the opening reception at the bottom of this post. We had so much fun. Thank you, SooVAC!

Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis is hosting a unique exhibition that celebrates the relationships between artists and collectors.
"Collect Call: Exploring Art Patronage" opens this Saturday Nov 9.
Ten local collectors were invited to exhibit works from their collections. It is a salon style show and the gallery is packed to the gils with all kinds of art. I went the preview party last night and was absolutely smitten with the show.

I am honored that my "Whale" print is included in the collection of Drs. Herman J. Milligan, Jr. & Constance Osterbaan-Milligan. 

"Collect Call celebrates the drive to preserve and champion the arts on a personal level. SooVAC invited several local collectors to share artworks from their private collections, offering the public the opportunity to view works signifying a lifelong commitment to the arts and the artists that have ignited their passion for collecting.

The role of the arts collector is vital and complex; it is an investment in the life and legacy of the artists that find a place in their collections. This exhibition offers an insight into the relationships forged between collectors and artists, presenting a sampling of artwork that inspired these art lovers to preserve a moment in time celebrating beauty and achievement.

Throughout the duration of the show entries will be posted highlighting each collector and their motivations behind beginning their collections.
More information at -"

Collector Cherie Shoquist in front of her collection.  She included my little painting, "Continue", on her wall.

You can read an interview with some of the collectors about their participation via SouthWest Journal and check out a feature in City Pages.

If you are in the Twin Cities YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW!
Old friends - Jaron Childs and Brad Senne.

Brad in front of an AMAZING Bruce Tapola painting.

Rounding up some of my fav gals for a photo- Carolyn, Cherie, Tara, Masami.

Jesse saying hello to Jones and Liseli.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pharmacie in Minneapolis, MN

Falling, 24x30", acrylic/colored pencil/graphite (SOLD)

I am happy to announce that my paintings are currently on display at PHARMACIE, a beautiful new store filled with artisanal, handmade, local and interesting home decor and accessories in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Shop photos swiped from Pharmacie website. =0)

Curious, acrylic/graphite, 24x30" (SOLD)

Pet, acrylic/graphite, 18x24"

The shop is hosting a grand opening/launch party this weekend.  

Swing by next time you're in the neighborhood!