Art Shoppe Artists’ Exciting Work

Minnesotans will trickle back from their cabins by Labor Day, which, coincidentally, is the last day of the Minnesota State Fair, the most fun 12 days on the calendar.

Next stop: The Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market for the work of 90-100 Minnesota artists. All Minnesota artists. All the time. Expand your vision with artists whose work sits in the dictionary next to the word “unique.”

Tara Innmon (paintings, prints, cards); Holly Tripp (Matryoshka Dolls, Painter & Crafter); Mary-Lydia Andersen (ceramics: bunnybowls).

Marilyn Morrison (polymer clay Steampunk robots); Susan Gainen (abstract paintings and coloring pages, whimsical wildlife paintings, prints, cards); Bambi Johnson (metal murals).


10% off everything every Monday. 1-1/2 hour free parking in the ramp with a Merchant stamp. Most artists accept commissions. Contact them through the Shoppe.

Art Shoppe Artists Ready for Fall

While Minnesotans are enjoying the last days at the lake and seeking the best new foods from the Minnesota State Fair, Art Shoppe Artists are bringing exciting work to the Shoppe here at Midtown Global Market.

Here are a few of our artists and some of their unique — one of a kind — art pieces. Note, please that most of our artists accept commissions. Inquire at the Shoppe.

Counter Clockwise. Kathryn Rosebear (ceramics); Kim Buell (polymer clay jewelry and photography); Megan Funk, aka Starry Night Beadworks (Jewelry made from original watch parts). 


Counter Clockwise. Bryce Brown (talking and walking sticks); Greg Pususta (Carved wooden bird feathers); Margie Weaver (Home grown Sweetgrass and copper jewelry).


Counter Clockwise. Carla Brown (Gemstone and Bead Jewelry); Mary Holland (marbling: paper, wood, ceramics, leather and paper); Melinda Wolff (jewelry from reclaimed wood and clovers).


10% off everything every Monday. 1-1/2 hours free parking in the ramp with a Merchant stamp.


Junior Williams: meet him Friday Jan 8, 5:30-7

Junior Williams brought his brilliantly-colored work to The Art Shoppe in late 2015, and he will be the Artist-on-the-Wall in January and February 2016. Meet him at The Art Shoppe on Friday January 8 from 5:30-7.

Thatch House

“Thatch House” is a flashback on lots of people in any culture who live or have lived in poverty.  “I sketched this from memory, living a Caribbean lifestyle. It is a reminder of my past,” he said.



How he makes art

Junior begins each canvas with a vision or an idea, and then he sketches and paints. He uses pencil, canvas, acrylic paint, and really good brushes.


Painting since he was 13

Junior began painting when he was 13. He became a professional artist and works hard on the detail of each piece.  He paints portraits of people and of wood carvings, and accepts commissions.


Peter Tosh

Favorite art-making tools

It’s a tie between a good pencil and really good brushes.



Why he makes art

He says “I make art because it’s all I ever wanted to do, all I want to do. I love it, and it makes me relax.”




Artist of the Day Wendy Benson

Tranquil Waters

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 Wendy Benson — Collage & Mixed Media Bookmarks



 Wendy writes:  I design collage bookmarks sold directly and at The Art Shoppe at MGM.

Growing up on several beautiful acres of land greatly influenced my love of nature as reflected in my artwork. I dedicate my art to my parents and all those who have been influential to me. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Production and Studio Art from the University of Minnesota.

Arts & Other Interests: I usher at various theaters in Minneapolis including The Cowles Center and I am a member of the Basilica Altar Guild.

Arts Shows/Galleries: Courage Kenny Juried International Art Show,  Gamut Gallery Raging Art On, Powderhorn Art Fair, Honoring Women Worldwide Garden Party vendor. Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness art event supervisor. Flow Northside Arts Crawl exhibitor. VSA art show assistant.
Accepts Commissions:  I designed a collage bookmark for the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

Find Wendy!

Wendy Benson’s collages will be exhibited in the 2015 ART OF POSSIBILITIES: the Courage Kenny International Art Show & Sale
April 30 – May 22, 2015.

The Opening Reception for the 2015 show is April 30, 2015, 5:30-8 p.m. The public is welcome!

New location: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, 3915 Golden Valley Road,Minneapolis, MN 55422.



Artist of the Day Mary Arnston


Mary Arnston, whose business name is Mary Ellen Designs, writes….I have been designing and making jewelry for about 8 years.  I use macramé with many of my designs.  I like to use many mediums besides beads.  I use silk, nylon cord, ribbon and leather.  I am always looking for the unusual bead bead to highlight my pieces.  She accepts commissions — especially for team-color leather bracelets.P1010015

And more!