Current & Upcoming Events

Open Saturdays

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Open Saturdays photo

Join us for Open Saturdays as dozens of studios open their doors to the public this winter and spring.

See a list of studios open Saturday, April 26th from 12-4 pm.

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, May 01, 2014

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

May 1, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. a multitude of painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramists, textile and fiber artists, jewelers, furniture showrooms and more open their studios at the Northrup King Building located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Upcoming First Thursday in the Arts District dates

May 1, 2014 l June 5, 2014 l July 3, 2014

More about First Thursdays…

Surface Alchemy:  New Works By Jodi Reeb

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Surface Alchemy:  New Works By Jodi Reeb photo

Minneapolis artist Jodi Reeb is well known for her multi-layered and engaging encaustic (beeswax) artworks that incorporate patterns and images from nature, music, home, and family. But don’t expect to see Reeb’s usual patterns and images in her new painting exhibit, Surface Alchemy, at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery. Rather Reeb explores what happens when she abstracts the content of the painting and the surface becomes the most important thing. .
Alchemy is defined as a magical power or process that transmutes a common, everyday or vernacular substance into something considered of greater value. In Reeb’s case, the material is beeswax. “By focusing on the surface, I’ve come to understand more about the dynamics of painting with molten beeswax,” she says. “My most recent work focuses on the singular beauty of the surface.”

“In the past, my focus has been on content, creating work that’s nature-based and contemporary,” Reeb explains. “Recently, however, I’ve developed an interest in creating rich surfaces that are pure in form and free of content. With the new works in this show, I’ve used common materials in the layers of encaustic paint to create beautiful, rich surfaces that explore the opacity and translucency of each painting.”

Reeb’s prior artworks and commissions can be found in the collections of law firms, healthcare facilities, financial institutions, hotels, and other diverse corporate and private clients. Much of this work, she says, “is about collaborating and placing my work in existing spaces.” A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Reeb teaches encaustic painting and actively exhibits throughout Minnesota and the U.S. One of her works was selected as the 2004 Metris Uptown Art Fair’s commemorative print.

Surface Alchemy begins at Kolman & Pryor on Saturday, April 19, 2014, and runs through Saturday, May 31, 2014, with a free public reception on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7-10 p.m

The Kolman & Pryor Gallery is located in Studio 395, Northrup King Building at 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. For more information, please call: 612-385-4239, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit:

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Studio Tour

Friday, April 25, 2014

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Studio Tour photo

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) will be hosting its annual conference in Minneapolis this year. Conference attendees and the public are invited to attend to experience and purchase the works of over 50 Minnesota jewelers and metalsmiths showing in the Northrup King Building and the Casket Arts Building on Friday, April 25th from 6:00-10:00 p.m..

Join us and find a wide range of unique handcrafted jewelry for Mothers Day, graduation gifts, engagement rings or, of course, for yourself to enjoy.

Featured Artist

Julie Nordine

Julie Nordine

Raised throughout the US as a child of an Air Force officer, Julie Nordine settled in Credit River, Minnesota in the early 90s. Pottery, stained glass, woodworking and jewelry design are just a handful of the creative outlets Julie has pursued. In early 2007, she fell hard…madly, deeply, instantly in love with melting glass and making glass beads (lampworking) and objects. With her background in Interior Design, her eye for scale, proportion and color transferred over quite nicely to her glasswork. She challenged herself early on to set herself apart, with both her bead making style and what she wanted to produce with it. She considers her style to be both organic and ethereal, in a strong, exaggerated and stylized sort of way. Julie is currently taking on a newer passion, teaching glass bead making, and is set to travel throughout the United States in the coming year to teach in various glass studios.


Eddie Hamilton is a MN Original!

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eddie Hamilton is a MN Original!

Eddie Hamilton’s work is primarily acrylic on canvas but also includes mixed media on wood panel. His direct and playful work represents the emotion, energy, and interactions of people in their communities.

Eddie’s paintings are developed after research and reflection on the concept to be represented. Currently, his work is the result of studying gentrification and interpersonal human urban contact. Acrylics, ink, and crayon are used because of the ability to quickly apply and layer these materials resulting in a continuous flow of work in one sitting.

His visual representation of people and the urban setting has been greatly influenced by his childhood in California. His fascination with communities and the urban life is a result of living in vastly different areas as a child and an adult search for a sense of a community to call his own.

Eddie will be featured on MN Original on the following dates, times and channels:

3/23/2014 – 10:00 PM on Channel 2
3/23/2014 – 6:00 PM on Channel 2
3/24/2014 – 7:00 PM in SW MN
3/24/2014 – 1:00 AM in SW MN
3/24/2014 – 7:00 AM in SW MN
3/24/2014 – 4:00 AM on Channel 2
3/27/2014 – 9:30 PM on Life
3/28/2014 – 3:30 AM on Life

Sharra Frank Selected for the Mosaic Arts International 2014 Exhibition!

Posted on Friday, February 07, 2014

Sharra Frank Selected for the Mosaic Arts International 2014 Exhibition!

Congratulations to Sharra Frank (Studio 469) on being selected for the Mosaic Arts International 2014 exhibition! The juried exhibit was selected by jurors Guilio Menossi (Udine, Italy), Jeannine Falino, (New York, New York) and Reginald C. Adams (Houston, TX). The exhibit will be held April 24th – May 30th at the Williams Tower Gallery. Sharra will also return as a teaching artists, offering two workshops at the conference. See more of Sharra’s work at

For more information about the Mosaic Arts International exhibition go to

Emily Johnson of EC Design featured in Modern Midwest

Posted on Sunday, February 02, 2014

Emily Johnson of EC Design featured in Modern Midwest

When Emily Johnson started her business as a jeweler, she really didn’t want to work on wedding rings. Things changed when couples started looking for mixed metals and a less traditional minimalist style. Now most of her time is dedicated to designing and hand crafting custom wedding rings.

This article is just in time for Valentine’s day.