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
Mary-Lydia Andersen Bunny Bowls
Tara Innmon (paintings, prints, cards); Holly Tripp (Matryoshka Dolls, Painter & Crafter); Mary-Lydia Andersen (ceramics: bunnybowls).
Marilyn Morrison Polymer Clay Robots
Susan Gainen Abstract nanoscapes coloring cards
Bambi Johnson Metal Mural
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.
Susan Gainen: Artist of the Month
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.
Susan Gainen New World of Cats
Susan Gainen Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul
Susan Gainen Meet the LLLamas
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.
Big Neighborhoods 2
Friendship: Complicated. Sometimes Messy. Beautiful if you’re lucky (digital round)
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.
World Headquarters of the Flying Pigs
Purple Paper Mosaic
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.
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.
Pamela Kirton: Bombay
Catboy: Pamela Kirton
Pamela Kirton 2016 Calendar
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.
Peter Elvidge Pixel Art
Peter Elvidge:Cat of Two Sights
Entrancing Cat: Peter Elvidge
Cat of Blues and Grays Peter Elvidge
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.
Susan Gainen: Blue Cave Cat: Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul
3 Cats & 11 Flamingos: An acapella group, Susan Gaine
Ginger Cat from the Clowder of Cats, Susan Gainen
Ghost Cat: Invert Paper Mosaic, Susan Gainen
7 Who Me? Cats: Susan Gaine
10% off everything every Monday
Saturday August 8 & Sunday August 9
Tracie Thompson Painter
Raelene Ash Painter
Tom Cornish Fused Glass
Diane May Painter
Susan Gainen Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian
Wendy Benson Collage Bookmarks
Powderhorn Art Fair is part of Minneapolis’ Art-Fair-Trifecta Weekend and the Art Shoppe and its artists are proud participants. Find us in the Group Exhibitors Section.
Click here to link to a free Metro Transit Pass for Saturday and Sunday that will take you to Powderhorn, Uptown and Loring.
Among the Art Shoppe Artists whose work will be at the Fair are Rae Ash, Wendy Benson, Kim Buell, Tom Cornish, Susan Gainen, Bev Golberg, Kip Shane, Betty Siefert, Diane May, Stacie Mielke, Tracie Thompson, Margie Weaver.
April 30-May 22
Wendy Benson, 2015 ART OF POSSIBILITIES: the Courage Kenny International Art Show & Sale, Opening Reception: April 30, 2015, 5:30-8 p.m. , Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, 3915 Golden Valley Road,Minneapolis, MN 55422.
Northstar Watermedia Society Artists’ Market, Fine Arts Building, MN State Fair Grounds
Susan Gainen, Arts Cafe at Struthers’ Parkinsons Center (demo and storytelling)
May 15, 16, 17 (Art-a-Whirl 2015) [Friday 5-10; Saturday noon-8; Sunday noon-5]
Megan Funk, aka Starry Night Beadworks, East Side Neighborhood Services Building, NE Mpls
Susan Gainen, Art-a-Whirl at the Keg House, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Megan Moore, http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl, Northrup King Building #423
May 8-9 Pottery at the Friends’ School Plant Sale, MN State Fairgrounds
Kathryn Rosebear Pottery, 20% benefit to the school