Monday. Monday. Ten Percent Off. Everything.

Just 8 of 100 artists.

Every Monday every item at The Art Shoppe is 10% off.  And you can enjoy some of the very best food in the Twin Cities — not, of course, in the Art Shoppe itself, but in Midtown Global Market.

Ten Percent Off Monday

Kip Shane Bella Looking Up

Kip Shane Bella Looking Up

Margie Weaver's Copper Mojo

Margie Weaver’s Copper Mojo

Ten Percent Off Monday

Pamela Kirton Barn Owl Digital Pieced Patchwork

Pamela Kirton Barn Owl Digital Pieced Patchwork

Allie Hafez Green Spectrolite, goldstone, crystals, copper

Allie Hafez Green Spectrolite, goldstone, crystals, copper

Ten Percent Off Monday

Diane May Cottage Drive-In

Diane May Cottage Drive-In

Tracie Thompson: Frick and Frack

Tracie Thompson: Frick and Frack

Ten Percent Off Monday

Bonnie Somdahl Needlefelted Love Bears

Bonnie Somdahl Needlefelted Love Bears

Tom Cornish: The Skally Line: Up the road & down the river

Tom Cornish: The Skally Line: Up the Road & Down the River

Allie Hafez Wearable Art: New Work

Some New Allie Hafez work in The Art Shoppe

Award-winning jewelry artist Allie Hafez’ work is branded OTIWA, which correctly stands for “Oh. That’s Interesting Wearable Art.” Some of her new work is now in the Art Shoppe.

Testing My Balance: brand new piece

Allie Hafez Testing My Balance

Allie Hafez Testing My Balance

She fell in love with the matte finish of this slab of red creek jasper. She writes,  “I didn’t want to use it predictably as a pendant. So I decided to make it the focal of an asymmetrical bracelet that can be attached to a necklace with similar components to make a longer and more interesting necklace.”

Noting its spiritual and metaphysical properties, she writes “Jasper is associated with
protection, nurturing, joy, awareness, relaxation, tranquility, wholeness, astral travel, Yin/Yang. It is said to calm a troubled mind.”

Laser Flash

Allie Hafez Laser Flash

Allie Hafez Laser Flash

Laser Flash has a compelling story, fully told in Allie’s blog. She explains how she found the central pendant and the graciousness of its makers to her notion of incorporating it into a necklace.

She shares the spiritual and metaphysical properties of the piece: “Labradorite is said to promote clarity and insight into one’s destiny. It is thought to be especially
helpful for recalling dreams and relating dreams to daily life. It has
a connection to love. It helps strengthen the will and one’s inner
strength and convictions. It’s believed to aid in combating addictions.”

An Allie Gallery

You Got Me, Copper

Allie Hafez Copper wrapped with beaded rope

Alllie Hafez Copper wrapped with beaded rope

“You Got me, Copper;” how it came to be

After several discarded ideas about how to use the chunk of melted copper, I realized I’d found a use for a length of beaded rope that I’d gotten bored with doing. I’d abandoned it when it was too short to be a bracelet; but it turned out to be perfect for creating a decorative bail that would turn the copper piece into an interesting pendant.

Art Shoppe Notes

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

Allie Hafez – new wearable art

See beautiful new work from jewelry artist Allie Hafez whose creations are appropriately named OITWA: “Oh. That’s interesting! Wearable Art.”

Click on each image for a description. See this and more of her work at The Art Shoppe.

Earrings

 

Necklaces

 

Bracelets

 

 

10% off Mondays

Every item is 10% off on every Monday.

The Art Shoppe. Quietly. 20% off everything (except books)

Not wanting to point fingers (real or virtual) at the merchants (brick and mortar or on-line) who are sending out notices of hot, hyper, super, super-super, BLOW out! sales, we at the Art Shoppe are quietly offering 20% off everything except books until the Shoppe closes on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Come to the Midtown Global Market for food-unrelated-to-turkey and then visit The Art Shoppe to see the work of 90 local artists.

Allie Hafez’ Prize Lariat

Lariat:  Don’t Fence Me In

Honorable Mention at the Whiz Bang Members’ Show
Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN
Created with Leopardskin jasper, bugle & seed bead,  Integrated loop
clasp, using dimensional right-angle-weave and fringe stitch.

Allie’s Inspiration Story

I created this lariat necklace shortly after reading an article about
a large cat that escaped its enclosure at a zoo. I thought of the
difference in behavior of a caged animal vs. a wild or free one. Thus,
I used leopardskin jasper to represent the wild cat; and designed the
necklace with a  “tamed”/contained section, and an unruly section.

Allie blogs at  otiwadotcom.blogspot.com
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Art Shoppe Artists July Art Fairs (revised)

July 2015

 

July 11

Megan Moore, Art at St. Kate’s, 10-5

July 11

Allie Hafez, Robbin Gallery Art on the Lawn, 10-5

July 11

Wendy Benson, Peter Elvidge, ZagZum ART EXHIBITION + SALE,  9:30am-7:30pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, The Seasons
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis MN

 July 12 
Susan Gainen, Como Fest Art Fair,  10 -2,
Como Lakeside Pavilion (part of Como Dockside restaurant)
1360 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul 55104
July 17-18 Susan Gainen, Diane May, Kim Buell, Rae Ash, Kip Shane, Tara Innmon, Festa Italiana, Harriet Island, Minneapolis
July 19 and July 26 Susan Gainen, Kathryn Rosebear, Made Here Market, 11-6
1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis

Artist of the Day Allie Hafez

 

Jewelry Artist Allie Hafez writes:

My creative expression is based on these basic principles:

Seraphinite, seed beads on suede backing

Seraphinite, seed beads on suede backing

  1. most projects have to be portable, so I can work on them any time or place that an opportunity presents itself.
  2. most of the necessary tools and equipment have to be small and multi-purpose (not just for my art), and available from more than just art-supply or other specialty stores.
  3. most of the materials I use must be fairly forgiving. That is, I need to be able to back up to an earlier part of the process, or even start over, without wasting materials. I have a vision impairment; plus I can’t make my hands do what I see in written directions or patterns, nor learn from someone else’s demonstration. Until I do it myself, I won’t “get it”. I just have to improvise from my “mind’s eye” and use trial and error to do what I think I see. Therefore, rendering an idea into a finished piece is always an adventure in uncharted territory.

Inspiration

I get inspiration from nature, fabrics, textures, manufactured objects and “out of the blue.” I like to recycle/re-purpose a variety of materials into my art, especially in ways that aren’t obvious to the viewer.

Like many artists, I consider being creative as essential for my emotional well-being. As an Occupational Therapist, I have seen first hand how effective the artistic process can be in helping people overcome challenges and achieve personal goals.

Combining art skills and Occupational Therapy knowledge

I hope to combine my skills as an artist and Occupational Therapist to help people with disabilities in developing countries participate in and contribute to their communities’ development of local arts and crafts businesses. I have a particular interest in paper-based designs, for functional as well as decorative use, and especially if the paper is being recycled in the design process. I have taken courses in “Cardboard Carpentry,” which uses specialized techniques for producing affordable adaptive furniture and assistive devices for people with disabilities.

I blog about my art and things that catch my interest at otiwadotcom.blogspot.com