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.

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.

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

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.

Art Shoppe at Powderhorn

Saturday August 8 & Sunday August 9

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.

 

 

Art Shoppe Artists in shows in May

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.

May 29-30

Northstar Watermedia Society Artists’ Market, Fine Arts Building, MN State Fair Grounds
Susan Gainen

May 28
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