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TEN: This Week in Local Art. Art Sale Edition

There are so many great events over the next couple weeks, I just wish I could be in more places at once. With the over load of events over the next couple weekends I have decided to do an expanded edition of TEN to more like fifteen. 1. No Coast Craft-o-Rama began in 2005 as […]

nocoast_09-228x300There are so many great events over the next couple weeks, I just wish I could be in more places at once. With the over load of events over the next couple weekends I have decided to do an expanded edition of TEN to more like fifteen.

1. No Coast Craft-o-Rama began in 2005 as an event for local designers, artists, crafters and other talented creators of unique handmade goods to sell and showcase their products. Like the Local Food movement, contemporary craft has figured out how to market their work and expand an audience….and do it very, very well. This year’s event is this weekend-December 4th (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and 5th (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Midtown Global Exchange building. This is one of the hippest events of the year.  For a full list of vendors to check click here.

2. Second Annual Monster Drawing Rally: Saturday, December 12 is Midway Contemporary’s Second Annual Monster Drawing Rally, a benefit event involving over 75 local artists. Midway’s three galleries will be cleared to hold a series of tables where participating artists will draw live in front of attendees.  Upon completion, each drawing will be hung on the wall and available for purchase (first come, first serve) for a flat price of $35. All proceeds will directly benefit upcoming programming and educational opportunities at Midway. 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.


Image from Midway's 2008 Monster Drawing Rally

I can tell you from direct experience last year (as one of the participating artists…and I will be doing it again this year) that it was a crazy event and one of the best times I have ever had in the local art community.  Even though I was surprisingly anxious drawing in front of so many people.  But when you see someone eagerly follow your piece to the wall to purchase it..that is pretty special. The energy in the room is buzzing and everyone is just having a great time.  Not to be missed.

This event is free and open to the public. Full list of artists is listed below.

Kjellgren Alkire
David Bartley
Heather Bren
Ernest Bryant
Allegra Denton
Pete Driessen
Alexa Horochowski
Roxanne Jackson
Val Jenkins
Brian Jorgenson
Bethany Kalk
Chris Larson
David Lefkowitz
Janet Lobberecht
Rick Love
Suzanne Mahoney
Kirk McCall
Miles Mendenhall
Jennifer Nevitt
James Parmenter
Melba Price
Josi Severson
Joe Smith
Liz Wyland

Luke Aleckson
Rich Barlow
Ute Bertog
Betsey Byers
Mitchell Dose
Kris Douglas
Andy Ducett
Welles Emerson
John Fliescher
John Gaunt
Nick Howard
Nick Knutson
Ellie Montgomery
Suzanne Murphy
Ruben Nusz
Yubi Park
David Peterson
Gene Pittman
Alex Roche / Michael Aberman
Emily Sheehan
Scott Stulen
Oakley Tapola
John Vogt

Mark Fischer
Isa Gagarin
Noah Harmon
Jay Heikes
Brandon Holt
Tynan Kerr
Marshall LaCount
Josie Lewis
Fiona MacNeill
Andie Mazorol
Michael Mott
Isabel Norsten
Todd Norsten
Kelsey Olson
Margaret Pazzala-Granlund
Allison Pegaroro / Rachel Pegaroro
Justin Schaefer
Tony Sunder
Carolyn Swiszcz
Bruce Tapola
Tectonic Industries
Aaron Van Dyke
Chris Zerendow

Note: The idea for the Monster Drawing Rally originated with Southern Exposure in San Francisco.

3.  WAMPLIFIED: Mates of State at the Weisman: So after the Monster Drawing Rally head over to the Weisman for the Inaugural installment of WAMplified!, a new late-night series at the Weisman Art Museum which bundles together live music, food, drinks, a video game lounge and midnight gallery tour. The events starts at 9pm and features a concert by indie rock/huband/wife duo Mates of State.  Followed by a Midnight tour of the galleries with curator Diane Mullin and artist Lisa Bradley.

Tickets to the event are $22 for the general public and $18 for Weisman members and students. Doors are at 9 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit or call 612-624-2345. The cost of admission also includes two free drink tickets and free food throughout the evening. The opening act is Minneapolis-based Anders Ponders.

Here is a video of the Mates of State covering Phantom Planet’s “California”.  Gotta love the OC theme song cover.


Fennel Studio

Fennel Studio

4. Local Artist Gift Mart at the Walker Art Center:  Even more opportunities to find great local art gifts.  The Walker Art Center is hosting a local artist gift mart this upcoming weekend, Friday through Sunday, December 4-6. It’s open from 12 noon to 4 pm in Target Gallery.Its a very hip lineup of local artists over felted handbags, jewelry, wooden bike handlebars, t-shirts and I am sure a wealth of other surprises.

The featured artists include:

Brian Aldrich, Saman Bemel Benrud (Minty Fresh Monster), Adam Brackney (Workerman), Yen Chee, Kelsey Ciatti-Miller (TillyLula); John Danicic, Gia Gifford, Paul Hempe and Chad Campbell (ZerOw Bags), Michele Heidel (Fennel Studio), Raighne & Meghan Hogan (2D Cloud), Helen Jerlach (Numsi Design), Josh Journey-Heinz, Lisa Larson (The Green Squirrel), Keith Moore (Pilot Design), Sarah Nassif (Rectangle Design), Peter J. O’Toole, Lacy Prpic-Hedtke, Jill Smith, Molly Spilane, Caitlin Wicker (Sweater Toys), and Ashley Wokasch & Luci Kandler (Calpurnia Peach).

This also coincides with Member Double-Discount Shopping Days at the Walker and along with numerous other events throughout the weekend.

5. MNfashion welcomes Jay Arbetman of Chicago for their first Open Studio industry event and MNfashion Membership Drive  Friday, December 4th from 6-9pm. Individual 30-minute appointments for Saturday, December 5th between 10am and 6pm can be made by contacting  While you are at it check out all of their resources for local designers at their site.

6. Erik Friedlander: Block Ice & Propane at the Walker: In Block Ice & Propane new compositions are paired with family and “road cycle” images created by his father, celebrated photographer Lee Friedlander, and mother Maria Friedlander, films by Bill Morrison, and engaging short tales about the kind of travels familiar to so many of us. Taking inspiration from American roots music, Friedlander executes extraordinary finger-picking technique and reverberant tunings, creating a fresh form of American cello music that is lyrical, plainspoken, and emotional.

Friedlander’s fellow musicians have already been raving about Block Ice & Propane. John Darnielle from the Mountain Goats said, “There’s a breathtaking lyricism at work in these new tunes, but it’s infused with an almost breezy touch: like swirling dust in beams of light, the melodies dazzle and hypnotize and float along on their own currents. Emotional but never sentimental, profound but without pretension — these songs wordlessly communicate more easily and openly than a dozen singer-songwriters furiously scribbling in notebooks.”

robotlove_newpaint1009_ 001clean7. Robot Love: Out of gift ideas…this will fix your problems and most likely start a personal addiction as well.

8. CVA Annual Holiday Art Sale: Mark your calendar for yet another student and faculty art sale.  CVA’s newly expanded Holiday Art Sale December 5 and 6. This year’s sale promises to be ripe with fresh artwork for you to peruse and purchase. Your best bet at snatching up the hottest artwork is to attend the Preview Party on Friday, December 4. Preview tickets are $20 purchased in advance online, or $25 at the door.

The sale features artwork by students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Selected sale artwork and prints from the CVA Art Archives will be included in a silent auction. The auction closes at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds benefit CVA scholarship funds.

9. ffffound: I love this site… will too.

10. Art Hounds: is a weekly program featuring three people from the Minnesota arts community talking briefly about a performance, openings, or event they’re excited to see or want others to check out.  The programs organized and coordinated by Chris Roberts and Molly Bloom is a wonderful set of tips and hints from within the art community. Check the site for opportunities for you to become a “hound” yourself.

11.  Ruben Nusz is an artist and writer for Ruben always has a fresh, unique and engaging take on every topic on which he writes.  His most recent essay is about The Louvre and the Masterpiece exhibition, now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the recent Spike Jonze adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 338-word source material, Where the Wild Things Are.

12. Robyn Stoller-Awend’s Survival:When Truth and Fiction Intersect: is a new exhibition inspired by Vilna poet Abraham Sutzkever and his story of doomed Lithuanian Jews melting down lead printing type to make bullets as a last resort for survival against the Nazis. Very intriguing subject matter and well worth the trip downtown.  The exhibition is up through January 9th, 2010. Opening Reception Sat., Dec. 5, 7-9 pm and the Closing Reception Sat., Jan. 9, 7-9 pm

doctor-sam-logo-materials-75600013. Springboard for the Arts is hosting a FREE Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic for Artists this Sat, December 5 from 9:00 am – 10:30am at Doctor Sam’s office (1300 Quincy Street NE, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413). To register, PLEASE EMAIL your name, address, phone number and artistic discipline to   Thank you to both Springboard and Dr. Sam for making this opportunity available.

14. Recession Hits Artists Hard. A major new survey of American artists is out asking how they are weathering the economic downturn.  The survey found that slightly more than half of the artists polled experienced a drop in income from 2008 to 2009, a blow to an already struggling group, two thirds of whose members reported that they earned less than $40,000 last year.

15. “Ceremony” by New Order: Sometimes I just get obsessed over a song.  I have been in the studio a lot over the last couple weeks prepping for an exhibition in Chicago.  I watched Control a couple of weeks ago and have been totally on a Joy Division/New Order kick while working in the studio….and thus reinforcing several painter stereotypes.  To close out this week’s expanded list is Radiohead covering New Order’s Ceremony, which was originally written by Ian Curtis when the band was still Joy Division and then carried over to the band’s re-incarnation as New Order, after Curtis’ death.  Enjoy.[youtube][/youtube]

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