First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, September 04, 2014

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

October 2nd 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:

October 2, 2014 I November 6, 2014 I December 4, 2014

More about First Thursdays…

Delicate Beasts, new work by Christy Puetz & Ingrid Restemayer

Friday, August 01, 2014

Delicate Beasts, new work by Christy Puetz & Ingrid Restemayer photo

A vicious beast? A gentle giant? Or is it an animal at all? Decide for yourself when you see “Delicate Beasts” an exhibition of new work by Christy Puetz & Ingrid Restemayer.

Dedicated to the use of methods and materials traditionally associated with craft, artists Christy Puetz and Ingrid Restemayer explore the boundaries and reconceive how craft materials are seen in the fine art world.

Christy Puetz’s recent sculptures are beautifully grotesque little creatures. Holding poses that seem frozen in time, each piece is covered with combinations of glass beads, felted wool, dried paint slabs, silk cocoons and other found elements. The materials and exaggerated body parts cause the animals to appear in a state of transformation, or shedding. Because of the “true to life” scale and the colorful, delicately beaded surfaces viewers are drawn in for a closer look.

Ingrid Restemayer’s latest works include gentle etchings of beastly animals like buffalo, elephants and octopi collaged and hand-embroidered. The etchings themselves are intimate studies of individual animals’ expressions and organic movements captured in a still, illustrated moment of individual personality. The images are small. Their size dictated by the etched substrate – discarded retail gift cards. Pairing the tiny portraits with spans of running stitches or French knots also brings each one of these studies to a place of gentle meditation.

This inaugural opening of “Delicate Beasts” takes place at the Northrup King Building in the heart of the vibrant Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Location: 3rd Floor Gallery (332)
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 4th, 5-9pm
Show Runs: September 4-27, 2014

Distance and Dreams: Works by Leslie Barlow

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Distance and Dreams: Works by Leslie Barlow photo

Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Studio 427

The pieces in the show Distance and Dreams are a combination of different works Leslie has completed over the last year, from figurative studies to pieces from a body of work entitled Other. Much of her work has dealt with dualities: comparisons in sexuality, gender roles, and human relationships. Most recently Leslie’s work has taken a turn to focus on the dualities within herself, exploring the different layers of what it means to be a multiracial female in the Midwest.

While Leslie’s work is introspective and rooted in narrative, she pays as much attention to painterly detail and rendering of the human form as she does conceptual content. Her artwork is grounded in a history of oil painting tradition. The figure is very important and central to her work, but there is the ever-evolving tension between figure and background as the abstraction of mark and color weave in and out of the subject matter. They become two stories, yet harmonious; an investigation of the figure in relation to color, form, and space. Through Leslie’s practice, her ultimate goal is to create visually stunning work that is socially aware, engages people in conversation, challenges the status quo, and presents thought-provoking contemporary figurative painting.

Exibition: Actors & Spectators

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Exibition: Actors & Spectators photo

Farida Hughes, a Kolman & Pryor Gallery artist, has long been taken with the phrase “All the world’s a stage…” which opens the famous monologue in Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It. In Actors & Spectators, Hughes’ first solo show at Kolman & Pryor, she explores “how we participate in our world via movement” as both players and viewers. “In acting,” says Hughes, “we engage in rehearsing, repeating the same routine in a specific space, and as audience we find ourselves both inside and apart from the action.” Actors & Spectators includes both paintings and installations. It begins at Kolman & Pryor on Saturday, September 13, 2014 and runs through Saturday, October 25, 2014, with a free public reception on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7-10 p.m. During the evening of September 27, Kolman & Pryor Gallery and North Loop galleries, Veronique Wantz Gallery, Traffic Zone Gallery and Form + Content Gallery, will also be celebrating Form + Contents’s seventh anniversary with coordinated openings and receptions.

Dates: Sept. 13th – October 25th
Free Public Reception: Sat., Sept. 27th from 7-10pm

Kelly Koster Presents: Wearing Japan

Monday, September 15, 2014 -

Kelly Koster Presents: Wearing Japan photo Wearing Japan: Facebook Event Invitation

Whether you are new to Japan, Japan-curious, or a full-on Japanophile, “Wearing Japan” is a feast for the fashion senses. This six-piece mixed media exhibit of “fashion art” by designer/cultural observer Kelly Koster is inspired by cultural appropriation and exchange, considering Japan as the source of an evolved exoticism in contemporary America.

As Americans, how do other countries and cultures impact what we wear and who we are? In an interconnected world of globalization, where culture can’t be easily isolated and defined, how do we fashion ourselves?

Where: Northrup King Building, Third Floor Gallery (332), 1500 Jackson St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

When: Thursday, October 2nd – 5th, see hours below:

• Thursday 10/2: Opening reception, 5pm – 9pm
(part of the Northrup King First Thursday Event)
• Friday 10/3: 4pm – 8pm
• Saturday 10/4: 12pm – 5pm
• Sunday 10/5: 12pm – 5pm

What: six pieces of fashion art + music, food, tea, and a “browsing corner” of Japanese fashion mags.

Artistic themes:
• Branded culture
• Western “geisha”
• Dystopian cyber punk
• Kawaii (cute) controversy
• Lolita in steampunk space
• Hip-hop defiance