Susan Gainen: June 3, 5:30-7 p.m.

Susan Gainen: Artist of the Month

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Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian

It took several years to identify as a Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian — a mouthful, but true. She is lucky to live on a path and flyway frequented by creatures who stop by her living room studio, sit for portraits, tell their stories, and eat all of the snacks. Fortunately, Model and Muse Max-the-Cat is also the Snacks Manager.

After publishing the fourth creature book, it appeared that they and their art had taken over.

 

Abstract Paintings

Not so fast. Susan’s comfort zone is tiny shapes in tiny spaces, and abstract painting has been an element in much of her work — including the creatures. It resurfaced in earnest in 2015 with the Friendship: Complicated. Sometimes Messy. Beautiful if you’re lucky series, and the Neighborhoods paintings.

Paper Mosaic

Her artist pals’ reactions to the installation of The World Headquarters of the Flying Pigs in a WARM show at the Bethesda Gallery was instant, and surprising.

They asked, “Ceramic?” She replied, “No, paper.”

Cuts with scissors

When she turned 65, she abandoned all activity requiring either safety equipment or liability waivers including glass or tile cutting or bungee jumping. Clearly, people saw ceramic tile in these paper pigs. It was a short leap from pigs to tile.

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World Headquarters of the Flying Pigs

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Purple Paper Mosaic

Housekeeping notes

Park in the ramp and get 1-1/2 hours free parking with a merchant stamp.

Monday at the Art Shoppe: 10% off everything.

Gift certificates available.

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Amoke Kubat: Reading at The Art Shoppe

IA16_IMG_AmokeKubatThe Art Shoppe is honored to welcome Amoke Kubat, author, playwright, performance artist, community elder, and activist who will read from her book Missing Mama at The Art Shoppe at Friday June 10 at 5:30 p.m.

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Missing Mama by Amoke Kubat

Amoke Kubat: Author, Activist and Community Elder

She will read and share her wisdom. Mark your calendar!

Holly Tripp: abstract & crafter

Holly Tripp  – early inspiration

Holly says: Growing up there wasn’t a lot on money around so my mother taught us how to be creative and inspired by the things around us. My earliest memories of me creating art are when I was in grade school. Maybe age 7 or so. I did a school project painting on glass. It was a house with trees. I remember being in my Dad’s studio and the smell of the oil paints and linseed oil. I still love that smell today.

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A Santa Box: Intricate, Original Detail. All by hand.

Following an internal compass

I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another, but instead follow my internal
compass. As I find things interesting, I visualize and put it to paper in my sketchbook sometimes. There the  drawings are left until I can develop more in-depth ideas and detailed images.

Other times, I just see something in the paint as I am laying it onto the canvas. Sometimes
music plays a role in what I create.

Abstract and more

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Turbulance: an abstract

I see myself as more of an abstract artist, but I work in many genres and am inspired by
everything from Realist to Dadaist. Some artists who inspire me are Anselm Kiefer, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, and local artists Brian Frink, Shawn McNulty, Kyle Osvog, and Susan Fryer Voigt.

Small scale

I  also work on a smaller scale. I create pieces of art on wooden boxes and wooden Nesting dolls, traditionally known as “Matryoshka dolls.” I make these dolls in an unconventional style. I do what I like, and I like a lot of detail. Each piece is unique. If you put my paintings next to my crafts most people think they are from two different artists Holly is an abstract painter who works with acrylics and oils. She loves movement and color in her work.

Hand-drawn – Hand-painted – No stencils – No templates

As a crafter, she paints unique pieces using wood products such as boxes, trays and nesting dolls. Each piece is hand-drawn and hand-painted with no stencils or templates. Her favorite themes are Christmas and Fairies. She also loves Asian-inspired themes.

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Japanese Nesting Dolls (above) and 3 Santa Boxes (below)

 

Asian-inspired

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Cats of the Art Shoppe #2

Some Art Shoppe artists have passing acquaintance with cats — others are fantastically inspired and ruled by them. Sometimes, it may be hard to tell the difference.

Pamela Kirton’s Cats

Once a fabric designer, Pamela Kirton has taken those fabric designs into the 21st century. She has a family of cats created with some of those designs using digital pieced patchwork. (Roosters and owls, too!). Catboy (the drawing) is watching you. Click here to learn more about her bird art.

 

Peter Elvidge’s Cats

Peter Elvidge is a pixel artist. What’s that? With extremely limited vision and up-to-the-minute-technology, he makes his art one pixel at a time. Some of his images have millions of pixels, and he is the Guiness World Record Holder for two images with the largest number of pixels (800,000 +) in record time.

Yes. One. Pixel. At. A. Time.

Susan Gainen’s Cats

Managed by Max-the-Cat, Susan Gainen paints Max and his friends. Some of them appear in New World of Cats: Max the Cat and His Friends (at Amazon and in autographed at The Art Shoppe). The Blue Cave Cat (below) is on the a panel that was part of the Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul installation at the 2013 WARM (Women’s Art Resources) Protege Show.

10% off everything every Monday

Authors & Illustrators at the Art Shoppe

Authors and Illustrators

Art Shoppe Authors and Illustrators offer energy, creativity, compelling narrative, whimsical storytelling, elegant poetry and more.

Carline Bengtsson (cookbook author), Karen Caldwell (author & illustrator), Julia Damaris (poetry), Susan Gainen (author & illustrator), Franklin Haws (illustrator), Amoke Kubat (storytelling), Megan Moore (illustrator), Powderhorn (an amazing Minneapolis  neighborhood), Naima Richmond (story telling).

Many of the works in these books are available as prints and cards. Come to the Market (for the Food) and to the Art Shoppe for books and art, too!

Read our art!

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Mother’s Day at the Art Shoppe

90 Minnesota Artists

Stop by The Art Shoppe if your Mother might like jewelry (large and small, leather bracelets, marbled leather earrings, fused glass jewelry, watch-part jewelry, necklaces, beaded necklaces and bracelets, polymer clay earrings and necklaces, rings, bracelets and more), clothing, paintings or prints, needlefelted creatures, magnets, photographs, glass work (blown glass and fused glass),bookmarks, suncatchers, walking and talking sticks, wine stoppers, ceramics (plates, bowls, cups, masks), and lots, lots more.

A store full of unique, one of a kind items

10% off everything on every Monday

Cats of the Art Shoppe #1

Many Art Shoppe artists are unabashed cat lovers, and they enthusiastically create cat images. Most of the artists are kept (ruled, bossed) by cats who direct their photography and participate in their art projects. This is the first Cats of the Art Shoppe post. More will follow!

Of course these images are for sale!

Kim Buell’s Cats

Neither of these cats belong to Kim. The Black and White cat belongs to a neighbor who has more than a dozen. This is the only one willing to pose. The Cat The Shadow belongs to her friend Bill.

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Kip Shane’s Cats

Bastet — the City Kitty, has the most astonishing green eyes. Unless, of course, you find Bella’s eyes mesmerizing. Kip has both a magic camera and two cats eager to pose.

 

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Stop in to see more Cat Art!