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Later thoughts on LVW’s retrospective

1. On the videotapes: So much of this work still looks so contemporary. For a relative newcomer to the scene (I started watching dance here in 2003), it’s surprising to see that work from the 1980s is not so very dated. People with longer perspectives have been telling me this for a while, but seeing […]

1. On the videotapes: So much of this work still looks so contemporary. For a relative newcomer to the scene (I started watching dance here in 2003), it’s surprising to see that work from the 1980s is not so very dated. People with longer perspectives have been telling me this for a while, but seeing the evidence makes it real. Because of the nature of dance, it’s possible for artists to go in circles, reinventing the wheel. It’s good to be reminded of what’s been done, in a concrete way. That doesn’t happen a lot.

2. On the live writing: I usually feel an obligation to the performance I am discussing, but in this case I felt it more strongly—probably because I couldn’t take time to ruminate, because I had to get it right, convey it, at that moment. It’s salutary for a writer to think like a dancer—now, this moment. (I am also a dancer, but I mean, to think like a dancer while writing.) It makes me wonder what dancers experience when, for example, making dance films, when suddenly they have the luxury of time and editing.

3. On the performance: I’m remembering now how good everything looked and sounded—the bright white lights, the retro sounds, the clean space, the colors. Laurie was backed up by great design and tech here. I’ve lost the program but I know a nod is due to Elliott Durko Lynch. Also to the space itself (Shawn McConneloug and Robert Rosen’s Studio 206). . . performing in non-theater spaces is nothing new, but it’s always somehow exciting when dance takes over new territory.

4. On dance as installation: Well, this thought demands more space. You’ll have to follow me over to mnartists.org, where a little think-piece on Eiko and Koma’s recent installation at the Walker will be going up before long.

Live-blogging Laurie Van Wieren’s Who Made These Video Tapes?

10:19 pm: Some last thoughts And just like that it’s over. Not the place for the usual reflection on the ephemerality of dance. . . more the fleeting nature of contact. I’ve got to go now. 10:16 pm: On the walls & around Pictures of performers on that flying chair ride at the fair, accordions […]

10:19 pm: Some last thoughts

And just like that it’s over.
Not the place for the usual reflection on the ephemerality of dance. . . more the fleeting nature of contact.
I’ve got to go now.

10:16 pm: On the walls & around

Pictures of performers on that flying chair ride at the fair, accordions in their hands, legs out, oh so happy. (I see a lot of happy in Laurie’s work.)

Video: three performers on chairs, tapping, clapping, stamping, getting out of control. Laurie tends to work with the same performers over and over—Judith Howard, Tom Carlson. They have strong presence; they can hold a still silence.

You start to wonder: what does twenty, thirty years of work add up to? What can you say is accomplished? Does it makes sense to even think about it that way? Dance doesn’t work like some arts—the videotapes are finished the way a painting never is. I think, more, the sense I’m getting is of the amount of life summoned, concentrated. Laurie has made more life.

10:06 pm: Post show reception

“And this piece is called The Reception,” someone cleverly says to the woman next to me. Wine’s out. Time to get happy.

But I’m going to go look at more of the installation.

10:00 pm: 5 dancers & a DJ

They have an individual intelligence & dilemma. Opera & they move in chunky visually clear shapes, like paper dolls. Cut-outs. People you might be when you grow up.
This movement has a planetary rightness.
Now they’re singing. . .
This has the feel of a public presentation—we should be learning not to drink & drive from this.
Isolated solos of pleasure. Yes, this is pleasurable. (Important to notice every so often—how are you doing?)
Has something happened to them or is it about to?
Maybe they’re at a political rally. They have to keep believing what they’re saying.
Break time—they’re chatting with each other, one is lecturing the DJ (who stares off into space). Everyone has done wrong.
I keep looking at Susan Scalf (in the green suit)—there’s a perfect cookie cutter exactness to her movements, down to the way she holds her hands, all her fingers together like a doll.
This is making me smile. Some dances have this quality where I’m already wishing for instant replay.
Same phrase but on their backs now—so we get the bird’s eye view.
Perfect. . .

And then, after the applause, we get the backstage—lights on, dancers talking, carrying things out in the hall. The real world. (“real” with great big air quotes)

9:42 pm: Laurie in the space

(why do I want to start with her clothes?)
Movement inside & outside rules.
She makes a vase-like shape—Isadora.
(That little green scarf is so sly.) (She knows it.)
Surprised by what she did.
Backwards “executing” like a skater. Making a pass.
Gestural. Moment of uncertainty. Explaining it to us (but we don’t speak that language).
(I can hear myself type. Remind me of how bothered I always am by photography in the theater.)
Presentation. Puckish.
Her shadows converge behind her.
Looking for what’s next.

9:34 pm: Live performance about to start. . .

Someone just called me out.

30 minutes is so not enough to check out this retrospective. The color alone could occupy you that long.

Watching Elliott sweep is hypnotic. Is he part of the performance?

Complex tape lines on the floor, like a basketball court.

9:31 pm: Videos(2)

Fantastically slinky slo-mo movement to some raucous music, brass and drums. The costumes! Rufflicious skirts, lime green, chartreuse, harlot red, black petticoat. Laurie has a thing for woman-according-to-thrift-store. Movement is all over—from holding still, pedestrian gestures to wild thrashing.

Split screen: one of the performers, one of the videocamera held by one of the performers. Ah, I saw this in real life. The soprano in her kelly green dress. Mysterious tableau. Where did they come from. I’m getting a feeling of ghosts. What’s in the theater when no one’s there.

9:23 pm: Spectators

Who’s here: dance-crowd regulars of the avant stripe—Justin Jones, Sally Rousse. People in tweeds, black, brown, conservative clothes. Dressed for the blizzard. Overwhelmingly white (surprise surprise, it’s Minnesota).

Someone’s reading over my shoulder. (Denies it.)

There’s a girl documenting things with her iPhone. Is she, like me, part of the program? Can’t tell.

People for the most part ignore me. I think they think I’m a little rude, with my laptop and all.

People congregating around videos, chatting in little groups. God this is the kind of thing it’s hard to come to alone—your aloneness becomes so public. You are the performance, performing your isolation.

9:17 pm: These videotapes (1)

We’ve been given the instruction to walk around and look at the various video stations scattered about the space. Here goes. . .

Some dreamers cavorting in an arch. Dressed for Logan’s Run, bright colors. Only one of us gets to listen to the sound and it’s not me. Green green grass. But something un-Utopian about the movement—blocky, heavy planes shifting into place. It’s summer in an off-kilter world.

Split-screen. Can’t tell what’s happening. Black and white. Static. Newscast. What the.
People skating with fireworks on their heads—a man carrrying a giant fish that spouts sparks. I feel like I’m witnessing the ritual celebrating of some Scandinavian village, centuries old, caught on tape for the first time. “Loring Park tonight” the TV news headline reads.

9:08 pm: A note about this “live” thing

So this is unusual for me. Normally I take the notes in the dark, no one sees the notes, I go home and think about things, I present a finish opinion, everything is all smoothed off (in much the same way as the usual presentation of ego is all smoothed off); however

that’s not the case here.

People stalking around the space finding things or people to inspect. Crouched in a corner, I’m not clearly one thing or the other. No one knows whether to look at me or not.

A work in progress.

8:57 pm: What they wore to the detonation

Start with the costumes: that boxy green check suit with the blue suede pumps. maroon suit with wide-leg pants. black suit, man-cut, worn by a woman, narrow tie. blue mini-dress with big white collar, blue tights, white go-go boots. check suit, wide lapel polyester shirt.

Costumes flattened in frames on the wall, looking a little trapped (especially trapped because they are the costumes of characters): the black suit Laurie wore to play Anthony—who is perpetually beginning the tango, cigarette in mouth—Camels pack at the ready; a fiesta outfit for Mania (which I’ve never seen).

Time to visit the bits and pieces. . .

8:44 pm: LVW: before the show

So here I am, “backstage” at Laurie Van Wieren’s retrospective. A lot of talented people are swarming about (some in perfect LVW retro outfits) & last minute this & thats are being prepped—

(Laurie does air-traffic controller hands at me and says “blogging”)

lights!

12:35 pm: Watch this space: Live-blogging Laurie Van Wieren’s Who Made These Video Tapes?

Tonight starting at 8 pm, I’ll be posting live comments as part of Laurie Van Wieren’s dance installation at the Ivy Building. Come to the show or watch online!

Check out the line-up at the second of our mnLIT winners’ celebrations!

We at mnartists.org are excited to present the second of this year’s readings celebrating the 2010 mnLIT winners. Monday night’s line-up (an impressive bunch, you’ll notice) will include a mix of prose and poetry — a representative sampling of winners from both the What Light poetry and miniStories flash fiction contests. The reading and celebration […]

We at mnartists.org are excited to present the second of this year’s readings celebrating the 2010 mnLIT winners. Monday night’s line-up (an impressive bunch, you’ll notice) will include a mix of prose and poetry — a representative sampling of winners from both the What Light poetry and miniStories flash fiction contests.

The reading and celebration will be Monday, October 18 at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Click through for all the details >>

Tonight’s readers will include:

Annie Baxter (What Light)
Sandy Beach (What Light)
Colleen Coyne (What Light)
Steven Lang (miniStories)
Alison Morse (miniStories)
Tim Nolan (What Light)
Gretchen Rueth (What Light)
Sun Yung Shin (What Light juror)
Connie Wanek (2010 What Light grand prize winner)

About your host for the evening: Jeff Johnson is probably not the Jeff Johnson you went to high school with or the Jeff Johnson who fixes your car or that one Jeff Johnson who used to date your sister until she found out about his credit history. He’s definitely not the politician Jeff Johnson. This Jeff Johnson, who lives in Minneapolis with at least 100 other Jeff Johnsons, is a former magazine editor whose work has appeared in such journals as Intro and The Iowa Review. He was also last year’s What Light poetry contest’s grand prize winner.

Join us for the first mnLIT winners’ reading tonight!

What I love most about mnartists.org’s literary contests (What Light and miniStories) is the rich diversity of our state’s writerly talent they reveal each year. After the jurors read through their anonymous piles of poetry and flash fiction, without fail, the resulting assortment of winners always astounds me. Emerging writers show up on the finalist […]

mnLIT

mnLIT (What Light Poetry Project and miniStories flash fiction competition)

What I love most about mnartists.org’s literary contests (What Light and miniStories) is the rich diversity of our state’s writerly talent they reveal each year. After the jurors read through their anonymous piles of poetry and flash fiction, without fail, the resulting assortment of winners always astounds me. Emerging writers show up on the finalist lists, side by side with established writers, acclaimed up-and-comers, and folks never-before-published.

And the pieces we’ve been lucky enough to put before our readers… I can only urge you to read them yourself through the coming months, and you’ll see — these mnLIT poems and stories are never predictable or easily typed. Rather, they’re by turns surprising, poignant, witty, whip-smart, tricky, and painfully honest. But as varied as these writers are, the pieces are uniformly superb. Keep your eye out for them in each issue of access+ENGAGE: we’ll be publishing two mnLIT winners per month through next spring.

And you must come to the readings! These aren’t buttoned-up affairs – mnLIT celebrations are downright rowdy. The crowds are enthusiastically responsive, the libations flow, and the stories and poems you’ll hear each night are unmatched.

The first of our 2010 mnLIT readings is tonight! If you’re free, you really must come.

The first mnLIT winners’ celebration & reading is tonight, Monday, September 20 at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis, from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tonight’s readers will include:

Todd Boss (2010 What Light Poetry Project juror)

Susan Chambers

Rebecca Dosch Brown

Jeffrey Burton

Andrew de Young

Bart Galle

Deborah Girdwood

John Jodzio

Kim Teeple

Hillary Wentworth (2010 miniStories grand prize winner)

Dennis Cass

About your host for the evening: lead miniStories juror Dennis Cass is a writer, teacher and performer. He is the author of HEAD CASE: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain (HarperCollins). His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and the online journal Slate. Dennis also gives writing and career advice on his blog, Dennis Cass Wants You To Be More Awesome (www.denniscass.com)

Read the full list of mnartists.org’s 2010 mnLIT finalists and grand prize-winners here >>

mnartists.org Field Day: Rockstars, Campfire concerts and other ways end a summer evening

After last year’s rousing success, mnartists.org Field Day is back tomorrow (August 19th) with a fresh slate of events and activities celebrating local artists and art supporters. In a summer bursting with exciting, intriguing and unexpected events on the Walker Open Field…..Field Day is sure deliver something for everyone. There will be several performing arts […]

After last year’s rousing success, mnartists.org Field Day is back tomorrow (August 19th) with a fresh slate of events and activities celebrating local artists and art supporters. In a summer bursting with exciting, intriguing and unexpected events on the Walker Open Field…..Field Day is sure deliver something for everyone.

There will be several performing arts events throughout the day from experiments in the Sky Pesher to an Open Mic and a live DJ to try out your grooves on the grove.  Its all free…so come out and join us.

The Genesis
Open Lounge, 4 pm – 6 pm

Invoking the spirit of the beginnings of Hip Hop culture, the audience is invited to interact with D.J. mal – who will be continuously spinning and cutting up various musical selections live. The audience is invited to step up to the microphone, and/or get on the dance floor, and add their own voice to the beats.

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Rockstar Storytellers
Open Lounge, 6 pm – 8 pm

Raise a drink after work and listen as some of Minnesota’s most entertaining writers, performers and artists tell stories under the canopy of the trees in the Open Field Grove.  What to know more…check out this profile from our mnartists.org.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUSZHYkjql4[/youtube]

Campfire Concerts
Greenspace, Lounge and James Turrell Sky Pesher 8:30 -10 pm

Join with local musicians Holley Munoz, the Roe Family Singers and Velvet Davenport as they perform in intimate settings around the Walker campus. From experimental battery-powered rock in the Skypesher, old-fashioned jam under a grove of trees, to acoustic sing-along on the grass with artist designed “campfire”…its will be a wonderful way to close out the evening.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhsqF5DxGfo[/youtube]

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mnartists.org Field Day: Plein Air Garden Party

Plein Air Garden Party Minneapolis Sculpture Garden , 2pm – 6pm When we envisioned the Open Field this past winter, there were several events, programs and spectacles that we where hoping would manifest during the summer.  Many of them have come to pass….kite flyers (check), LARPers (check), vintage bands (check), mass yoga formations (check).  Haven’t […]

Plein Air Garden Party
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden , 2pm – 6pm

When we envisioned the Open Field this past winter, there were several events, programs and spectacles that we where hoping would manifest during the summer.  Many of them have come to pass….kite flyers (check), LARPers (check), vintage bands (check), mass yoga formations (check).  Haven’t had the heard of grazing goats to mow the lawn yet…but there is still three more weeks.

Ribolt's Crick by Tom Maakestad

One of the key programing goals of Open Field for mnartist.org was to create opportunites for local artists to gather in a social setting and make art.  Drawing Club has been very successful at bringing together local artists and the public to make collaborative drawing each week.  In a similar vein, we invite you to the Plein Air Garden Party.  Scheduled as part of August 19th’s  mnartists.org Field Day, the event invites  local Plein Air painters/artists of all styles and abilities to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to capture images of the iconic artwork and skyline. Our hope is to have dozens of local artists it the garden, painting, sharing tips and just meeting on each other.

Local art artist Tom Maakestad will be on had throughout the day to share his considerable experience with plein air painting including getting set up with easel, what essential colors to have and how to deal with the many situations that arise when working out of doors. Tom is a Minnesota painter whose work is collected internationally. He currently is showing at the US Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia and is represented locally by Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis.

Note: Please bring your own easels and supplies and join the party. Unlike Drawing Club, supplies and easels are not provided.  We will have drawing boards available to borrow.

The Plein Air Demo and Garden Party is generously sponsored by Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing. Wet Paint will also hold a free raffle of a Guerilla Painter French Resistance pochade box and be on hand to answer questions and talk about the Plein Air process and materials.  All events as part of manrtists.org Field Day and free and open to the public.

mnartists.org Field Day returns!

MNARTISTS.ORG FIELD DAY Thursday, August 19,  2 – 9 pm    Free After last year’s rousing success, mnartists.org Field Day returns!  This year promises a fresh slate of events and activities celebrating local artists and art supporters. Join the fun after work, or better yet, take the day off: Everyone is welcome, and mnartists.org members receive […]

MNARTISTS.ORG FIELD DAY

Thursday, August 19,  2 – 9 pm    Free

After last year’s rousing success, mnartists.org Field Day returns!  This year promises a fresh slate of events and activities celebrating local artists and art supporters. Join the fun after work, or better yet, take the day off: Everyone is welcome, and mnartists.org members receive free gallery admission all day. In a summer bursting with exciting, intriguing and unexpected events on the Walker Open Field…..Field Day is sure deliver something for everyone.

Here is the full rundown of events so you can plan your Field Day experience.  Most of these events are better with friends, so be sure to bring them along or make some new ones along the way.

Drawing Club
Walker Open Field Grove, 2pm – 7pm

Everyone is invited to Drawing Club, an ongoing project based in sharing, collaboration and the social experience of art making. Doodle and sketch with local artists and add to a pool of collectively created artworks. For this special session of Drawing Club we invite you join artist David Lefkowitz and the Manual Image Assemblers Local 47 to make your mark.

Greenspace Games
Walker Greenspace and Sculpture Garden 2 – 6 pm

Lawn games are back and expanded with something for everyone. Play croquet in the Sculpture Garden, join gather your friends to compete in the annual badminton and kickball tournaments. All ages and skills are welcome. Sign up your team at the Field Day information tent starting at 2pm the day of the event. Note: 2 player Badminton teams and minimum 8 player kickball teams.  Fabulous prizes and fame to the winning teams courtesy of Field Day media sponsor The Onion AV Club.

Plein Air Garden Party
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden , 2pm – 6pm

We invite local Plein Air painters of all styles and abilities to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to paint versions of the iconic artwork and skyline.  We are also joined by artist Tom Maakestad, who will share his considerable experience with plein air painting including getting set up with easel, what essential colors to have and how to deal with the many situations that arise when working out of doors.Tom is a Minnesota painter whose work is collected internationally. He currently is showing at the US Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia and is represented locally by Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis. Note: Please bring your own easels and supplies and join the party.

Plein Air Demo sponsored by Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing. Wet Paint will also hold a free raffle of a Guerilla Painter French Resistance pochade box.

Capture Flash /Camera Tag
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Flat Pak House, 3 pm – 6 pm

Challenge your speed and stealth capabilities with a high-tech version of tag using digital cameras, devised by local artist Ben Garthus. Think Laser tag meets Flickr.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHSc2a9tqyk[/youtube]

The Genesis
Open Lounge, 4 pm – 6 pm

Invoking the spirit of the beginnings of Hip Hop culture, the audience is invited to interact with D.J. mal – who will be continuously spinning and cutting up various musical selections live. The audience is invited to step up to the microphone, and/or get on the dance floor, and add their own voice to the beats.

Rockstar Storytellers

Rockstar Storytellers
Open Lounge, 6 pm – 8 pm

Raise a drink after work and listen as some of Minnesota’s most entertaining writers, performers and artists tell stories under the canopy of the trees in the Open Field Grove.  What to know more…check out this profile from our mnartists.org.

CSA Pickup
Open Lounge, 6 pm – 8 pm

Over the last 20 years the CSA or “farm share” model, has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, both mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts created Community Supported Art (CSA), a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors by paying local artists to create new work and introduce them to new patrons. Meet the artists and organizers of the CSA program as the last “shares” are picked up for the summer season. Also find out how to apply to be part of the fall season of CSA…the application cycle is open till August 27th.

Campfire Concert
Greenspace, Lounge and James Turrell Sky Pesher 8:30 -10 pm

Join with local musicians Holley Munoz, the Roe Family Singers and Velvet Davenport as they perform in intimate settings around the Walker campus. From experimental battery-powered rock in the Skypesher, old-fashioned jam under a grove of trees, to acoustic sing-along on the grass with artist designed “campfire”…its will be a wonderful way to close out the evening.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4TaUQRATUM&feature=related[/youtube]

Local Art Mart
Cargill Lounge, 2pm -7pm

From book artists and jewelers to t-shirt designers and printmakers, browse unique offerings from local artists, organized by the Walker Shop.

MN Original
Bazinet Lobby and Open Field, 2pm -8pm

The team from TPT’s new Television series MN Original will be on hand interviewing participants and screening episodes throughout the day.

Garden Grill by Wolfgang Puck

Open Lounge, 2pm – 9pm
Cool off and recharge with food and drinks from the Garden Grill available throughout the day and evening.

Share Your Field Day Experience

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Open Field and Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by ((Target logo))
Major support for Open Field is generously provided by Margaret and Angus Wurtele.

mnartists.org is a project of the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center.

Field Day sponsored in part by The Onion AV Club.

Community Supported Art (CSA) Launch Party on the Open Field

mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts invite you to the official launch party for the inaugural season of Community Supported Art (CSA) on Thursday, June 17,  on the Walker Art Center’s Open Field from 6 – 9 pm.  This FREE celebratory event will feature music by Davina and the Vagabonds, food and drinks available at […]

CSA artist Calpurnia Peach

mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts invite you to the official launch party for the inaugural season of Community Supported Art (CSA) on Thursday, June 17,  on the Walker Art Center’s Open Field from 6 – 9 pm.  This FREE celebratory event will feature music by Davina and the Vagabonds, food and drinks available at the new Garden Grill and short presentations by the CSA program creators, artists and shareholders. The event will also serve as the first pick up site for member shares.  Even if you’re not a shareholder, we invite you to come down and celebrate our vibrant local art community, perhaps join in an extended edition of  Drawing Club (with several of the CSA artists) and enjoy a summer evening on the Open Field…and maybe it will finally quit raining.

About CSA: Community Supported Art

The CSA program supports artists and creates a community of engaged local arts supporters.  CSA supports artists: in the creation of new work, to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and to participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution.  CSA Share member benefits include multiple works of art from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value! Additionally, CSA Share members have the opportunity to develop relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines and support artists’ careers and a vibrant community.

How Does the CSA work? Over the last 20 years the CSA or “farm share” model, has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, both mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts created Community Supported Art (CSA), a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors by paying local artists to create new work and introduce them to new patrons. Nearly two hundred local artists applied for the first season from which 9 artists were selected from a panel of local food and culture taste-makers including Lee Zukor (Simple, Good and Tasty), James Norton (The Heavy Table), Chuck Olsen (MNOriginal) and Mecca Bos-Williams (Metro Magazine), Laura Zabel (Springboard for the Arts) and Scott Stulen (mnartists.org). Fifty shares (aka a “memberships” or a “subscriptions”) were offered for the inaguaral season which immeditaly sold out in only six hours! Featured works could include items such as: an edition of vinyl 7″, a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, editions of photographs, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or small original paintings.

The summer CSA artists include:

June
Amber Jensen (book arts)
Calpurnia Peach (textile/fashion)
Maren Kloppmann (ceramics)

July
Jennifer Davis/ Burlesque design (painting/printmaking)
Andy Ducett: (drawing/printmaking)
Amy Rice: (painting)

August
Sam Hoolihan/Switzerland (musician/photographer)
Lacey Prpic Hedtke: (photography)
Karl Unnasch (stained glass/sculpture)

Want to get involved as an artist or shareholder?

Interested in applying for the Fall CSA season or purchasing shares? Please visit www.mnartists.org/CSA for more full details.  We are upping the number of artists in the program and shares offered for the fall as well.

In closing a little taste of Davina and the Vagabonds

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Open Field Drawing Club visits Grand Old Day

[tylr-slidr userID=”Walker Art Center” groupID=””]http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkerart/sets/72157624228716624/[/tylr-slidr] Open Field Drawing Club packed up its pencils and paper and ventured across the river to St.Paul’s annual Grand Old Day this past Sunday.  Local artists joined with festival patrons to create collaborative works throughout the day. It was a wonderful day of conversation, creativity, parades, street candy and some […]

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Open Field Drawing Club packed up its pencils and paper and ventured across the river to St.Paul’s annual Grand Old Day this past Sunday.  Local artists joined with festival patrons to create collaborative works throughout the day. It was a wonderful day of conversation, creativity, parades, street candy and some great questions about Open Field and mnartists.org.  Artist Andy Sturdevant created several “activity sheet” drawings, which may inspire a future Drawing Club themed day.

There was also a modified “Wheel of Fun” which invited people to spin the wheel which randomly selected an work from the Walker’s Collection.  The contestant was then asked a questions about the artwork and received a prize for either correctly answering the question or learning something new about contemporary art.  The activity created interesting discussions and about the work, numerous learning moments and thoughtful questions and a steady line throughout the day.  Props to ECP’s Christina Alderman for coming up with this great activity.

You can join Drawing Club in its usual home every Thursday from 2pm -5pm this summer on the Walker Open Field.  We supply the materials, you supply the talent…

Join the Open Field Drawing Club

The first rule of Drawing Club: What is made at Drawing Club, stays at Drawing Club. mnartists.org Drawing Club is set to launch with the Walker Open Field on Thursday, June 3rd and continue every Thursday, Free First Saturday and a few additional occasions throughout the summer.  . WHAT IS DRAWING CLUB? The spirit of […]

The first rule of Drawing Club: What is made at Drawing Club, stays at Drawing Club.

mnartists.org Drawing Club is set to launch with the Walker Open Field on Thursday, June 3rd and continue every Thursday, Free First Saturday and a few additional occasions throughout the summer.  .

WHAT IS DRAWING CLUB?

The spirit of Drawing Club is built on sharing, collaboration and social experience of art making. Here is how it works.  Drawing club meets every week under the new grove of trees on the Open Lounge.  Members of the public are invited to join with local artists, grab a pencil and share their contributions. Paper and art supplies are provided. The center of each table will contain the working pool of pieces (including  works in progress from prior weeks). You can start a new drawing, slide it back into pool, pass it around, alter, edit, and amend it until the group declares each piece complete. The finished works will be collected and displayed on the Open Field Flickr page and held for a end of summer exposition.  There are no assignments, structured projects or formal processes for drawing club. This idea is to make collaborative works…however that manifests itself and what can beat making art under a grove of trees with a cold drink!

WHEN IS DRAWING CLUB?

Every Thursday from 2pm – 5pm

Which is..
June 3, 10 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
and a special rooftop Drawing Club on September 2

Free First Saturdays 10am -3pm
June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th 1-3pm

*Bonus off-site Drawing Club at Grand Old Day (St. Paul)
June 6th, 9am -5pm

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Drawing Club is open to anyone, but we would like to create a community of regular local artists who participate on a regular basis throughout the summer. Artists who commit to participating on specific dates throughout the summer will be added to the Open Field Calendar.  This is a way that you can see if an artist you would like to meet (and draw with) is participating on a particular week.

Drawing Club is a social event and we are hoping this will be a way for artists to meet one another, share ideas or simply to socialize with others in the art community.

If you are an artist that would like to participate in Drawing Club please click here and fill out the official sign-up form with your preferred dates.

Just a few of the local artists scheduled to participate in the first week of Drawing club include Bruce Tapola, Melba Price, Andy Ducett, Samantha Sather, Krista Walsh, Jehra Patrick, Xong Lor and Theresa Crushshon.

For more info please contact Scott Stulen at scott.stulen@walkerart.org or 612-375-7616
For a complete lineup of activities on the Walker Open Field please visit www.walkerart.org/openfield

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