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Drawing Monsters

I love monster anything…monster trucks, monster cookies, monster cables, muppets, dunnys and Nessie.¬† I often find myself drawing monsters. Maybe its the freedom to draw creatures¬†completely from¬†imagination, unbound by expectations, or¬†perhaps it is the sense of whimsy¬†and horror.¬†¬†Most likely¬†I never grew up and or cared to find proper subjects to draw… so now I draw […]

I love monster anything…monster trucks, monster cookies, monster cables, muppets, dunnys and Nessie.¬† I often find myself drawing monsters. Maybe its the freedom to draw creatures¬†completely from¬†imagination, unbound by expectations, or¬†perhaps it is the sense of whimsy¬†and horror.¬†¬†Most likely¬†I never grew up and or cared to find proper subjects to draw… so now I draw furry white monsters holding freshly baked pies.¬†¬†I know I am not alone.¬† In fact I would bet that¬†nearly everyone has drawn a monster at one point…probably¬†aside¬†notes at your the last¬†work meeting.

Midway Contemporary Art, located in NE Minneapolis, is hosting a very unique and accessible fundraising event this Saturday, December 13th at 6:00 pm.  The Monster Drawing Rally (the title is actually a play on Monster Truck Rallies, not exclusively monster drawings) will feature 50 local artists creating drawings in hourly shifts over the course of the evening.  Each drawing will be created on-site and immediately available for sale for the flat fee of $35.  The Monster Drawing Rally concept began at Southern Exposure, a San Francisco-based arts organization.  For the last seven years they have used the drawing event as a fundraiser to support exhibitions and education programs.  Midway Contemporary is excited to bring the event to Minnesota.  The event provides the rare opportunity to watch artists work and purchase original artwork at discount prices.  Unlike many fundraisers, filled with expensive auction items, beyond the budget of most attendees, the Monster Drawing Rally offers an opportunity for art patrons of all income levels to support the institution and take home an original work of art. While the subject matter is open for each artist to choose, I am certain a few monsters will pop up amongst the evenings creations.

Here is the lineup of participating artists:


6:30PM 7:30PM 8:30PM
Gary Batzloff Luke Aleckson Nate Anderson
Heather Bren Mitchell Dose Shea Bartel
Ernest Bryant Kris Douglas Betsy Byers
Jennifer Danos Andy Ducett James Dayton
Allegra Denton Welles Emerson Isa Gagarin
Pete Driessen John Fleischer John Grider
Brett Gustafson John Gaunt Emily Hadland
Randy Hartten Noah Harmon Brian Jorgensen
Bethany Kalk Jay Heikes Matt McAuliffe
David Lefkowitz Val Jenkins Derek Miller
Janet Lobberecht Rick Love Kristina Mooney
Kirk McCall Michael Mott Suzanne Murphy
Natasha Pestich Todd Norsten Margaret Pezzalla-Granlund
Melba Price Tim Roby Justin Schaefer
Chad Rutter Justin Schlepp Andrea Stanislav
Josi Severson Scott Stulen Bruce Tapola
Emily Sheehan Oakley Tapola Aaron Van Dyke
Joe Smith Tectonic Industries Megan Vossler
Chris Osgood, guest emcee

The Rally is Free and open to the public.

Midway Contemporary Art
527 Second Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612+605+4504

  • David Parisi says:

    I would recommend drawing Italian horror movie monsters.
    This is a ice cool event.

  • Diana Kim says:

    My nephew loves drawing monster things as well. At first, I do not find it attractive, but studying it more further, it fascinates me actually. More powers to those monster-painters!