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Garden Quest Character Profiles: Red Janice, Costumer

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are there gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are there gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

Emily Owens as Red Janice

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
RED JANICE, COSTUMER

Name: Red Janice

Race:  Human, and Proud. Some magic up my sleeve, disguise expert.

Class: Sorcerer

Level/Ability: 9th Level, I feel confident in my abilities but there’s always room for improvement.

Special Powers: If you consider wit to be one then yes I do. I’m handy with blending spells and persuasive magic.

Gear: I carry no weapons; they were lost when my shipmates threw me off my boat. I have a hat with good luck feathers, a sack with lightening bolts for trading and magic designing glasses.

Description of Garden Quest Activity: For your adventure! I am at your service; I will assist in your preparation for adventure. I have garnets and gear that will make you fit and ready for any challenge. Come to me first to create your disguise.

About the player, Emily Owens:

Emily Owens

I am a senior sculpture major at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I work with wood, audio and installation.  I’m interning at the Walker this summer in family programs.  I love to sail on lake Calhoun.

mnartists.marketplace wants your contemporary art humor!

Want your work to appear on special limited edition mugs to be sold at the Walker Shop? mnartists.marketplace, a joint program with mnartists.org and the Walker Shop is now accepting submission of contemporary art humor illustrations/cartoons/graphic designs to be printed on coffee mugs! What do we mean by contemporary art humor? Well, here’s a few […]

Want your work to appear on special limited edition mugs to be sold at the Walker Shop? mnartists.marketplace, a joint program with mnartists.org and the Walker Shop is now accepting submission of contemporary art humor illustrations/cartoons/graphic designs to be printed on coffee mugs!

What do we mean by contemporary art humor? Well, here’s a few examples to give you inspiration for this third edition of mnartists.marketplace artist-designed wares. (The past two included Drawing Club: A Collaborative Coloring Book and a six-pack set of pint glasses showcasing the work of Minnesota artists.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about mnartists.marketplace and submission guidelines click here.

NOTE: We’ve extended the submission deadline to August 15th! So get to work and have fun taking the art world less seriously – we look forward to your submissions!

 

Garden Quest Character Profiles: PicklePus, Art Dealer

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are there gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are there gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

Erik Ullanderson as PicklePus

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
ART DEALER

Name: PicklePus

Race: We are all ONE under the sphere of the Universe, man.

Class: Mystic/Dealer of Art

Level/Ability: Power is overrated

Special Powers: Not that I have power, but I totally know what is going on, what the trends are and can see the aura of what is awesome.  A real trend setter if it were. Yes, I Deal in Art because everyone needs to make a living man, but I am not the man, man.  Dig?

Gear: Staff of clarity and mystic vision.  You looking for a miracle?

Description of Garden Quest Activity: I have been on the quest longer than most, and the answers are there, but there is NO answer… so that is the quest, to find answers to questions that have no answers, or is it to find the questions to the answers that have no questions, or…, crude, I am confused again….

About the Player, Erik Ullanderson
PicklePus is. He has been, will be, and is. He is always looking for a miracle. He loves most all Art and is particularly found of pet portraits. He tends to vote socialist, but sometimes forgets to vote, which is a protest of its own kind, dig? He hangs with many of the artists involved in this Quest, but only when he can get away from all the amazing things going on in his gallery and head.  He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he thinks, but he also talks a lot about being successful in business which everyone who knows him  says is out of the realm of possibility since he is such a freaking peacenik. He thinks corporations should not be treated like people, but he thinks his shoe has feelings.  He would be a Professor if it were not for all the rules, man. He is vegetarian when he remembers. Some people call him Erik Ullanderson. This only confuses him so avoid it if at all possible.

Garden Quest Character Profiles: Fortune Teller

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
FORTUNE TELLER

Name: Hatcher Starfeeld

Race: Human

Special Powers: Observational, clerical, and actuarial skills, a natural disposition to intimations.

Level/Ability: Mid-level

Class: Bureaucrat

Gear: High powered telescope tuned to the near browersphere, instruments of chance, tomes of reference, rubber stamps, and a magic eight ball.

Garden Quest Activity Description: The Department of Probability and Statistics will be open from 10am-3pm providing an array a divinatory services from general quest related counseling to existential investment advice in order to maintain a healthy level of foresight within the boundaries of the Gardenship.

About the Player, Eben Kowler

Eben Kowler

Eben Kowler is an artist and teacher with a diverse background in sculpture, dance, drawing, and puppetry. He has worked with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Minneapolis Art on Wheels, the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Bart Buch, and The Mysterium’s Garage Based Performance Platform. Eben graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he studied art and dance.

Garden Quest Character Profiles: Kole and Orion, Shopkeepers

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
KOLE, SHOPKEEPER

Karl Unnasch, LARPing at the Walker, August 2011

Name: Kole Proudarm

Race: Human

Class: Fighter/Merchant

Level/Ability: 7th Level

Special Powers: Brawling, gambling, mining, repair, wilderness survival x2(cavern and tavern), divination

Gear: Peavey of Stunning, leather apron, jewel of strength, glasses of true seeing

Description of Garden Quest Activity:  Co-owner of the shop in the marketplace, a one-stop shop for information, rumors, weapon enhancement and maps to the region.

About the player, Karl Unnasch
Karl Unnasch lives in rural Southeastern Minnesota and received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.  His stained glass, sculpture and installation work rolls out of a refurbished 1800s mercantile building.  Karl teaches at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and has participated in shows in Boston, New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Denmark. He was a participant in the 2010 Minnesota Biennial and his public installations can be viewed at Rochester Community Technical College and John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is the face of the Guild-of-One mobile workbench, recontextualizing and re-engineering public detritus and ephemera into objects of art and wonder.  Karl is represented by the Anita Sue Kolman Gallery in Minneapolis and the Lanesboro Art Center Gallery in Lanesboro, Minnesota.

 

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
ORION, SHOPKEEPER

Name: Orion Proudarm

Race: Human

Class: Ranger/Merchant

Level/Ability: 7.5

Special Powers: Secrets, tracking, enchanting, wilderness survival, regeneration

Gear: Two handed sword, leather apron, jewel of enchanting

Description of Garden Quest Activity:  Co-owner of the shop in the marketplace, a one-stop shop for information, rumors, weapon enhancement and maps to the region.

About the player, Andy DuCett

Andy Ducett, in his studio

Andy DuCett is from Winona, MN and received his MFA from the University of Illinois. He currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His work has been shown in galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, Milwaukee and Honolulu, as well as many Twin Cities locations. He has been published in New American Paintings, Vita.mn, Paper Darts, The Portland Mercury, Illiterate Magazine, DailyServing.com, as well as publications in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and London. He recently was commissioned by the Walker Art Center to make a drawing for their First Free Saturday Program, and is included in the curated registry of the Drawing Center in New York City.  He has an upcoming solo exhibition entitled “Why we do this” at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, opening September 8th.

Garden Quest Character Profiles: Fern, the Ferryman

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

Aaron Dysart as Fern

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
FERN, THE FERRYMAN

Name:  Fern

Race: Ent

Class: Cleric

Level/Ability: None of your business

Special Powers: Ferryman, Ability to calm beasts of the black river to provide safe passage.  Holder of knowledge, transient of the between.

Gear: The Planted Staff and the Horn of Goodyear.

Description of Garden Quest Activity: Fern will offer safe passage across the great black river for those who ask, and provide historical guidance to those who seek to learn the articulation between realms.

About the player, Aaron Dysart
Aaron Dysart
is a sculptor living and working in Northeast Minneapolis.  Currently finishing up his Jerome Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park, he is obsessed with his relation with his environment and inherent meaning within materials.  You can see his work in the upcoming installation That’s Better for the College of Visual Art’s Portal Project.

Garden Quest Character Profiles: Troll, Captive & Toll Bridge

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
TROLL & TOLL BRIDGE

Name: Troll & Toll Bridge Creator

Race: Troll & Bridge

Class: Toll Collector

Level/Ability: Level 8

Special Powers: sleeping, snoring, hiding, collecting

Gear: Toll Bridge

Description of Garden Quest Activity: Let the Troll’s captive (see below) captivate you with some make-believe, but beware the Troll! Get creative if you get caught and hope to rely on the Troll’s narcolepsy to escape…

About the bridge-maker, Robyn Schwartzman
Robin Schwartzman is the CNC Router Technician and an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Minnesota.  She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her BFA from Syracuse University. Robin grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, where she spent her summers working at a local amusement park; seduced by the bright lights and moving colors, she has continued to work at carnivals and theme parks throughout the past ten years. Her experiences in these whimsical environments provide a basis for her sculptures, installations, and puppetry.

 

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
KIPPI, THE CAPTIVE

Name: Kippi

Race: Elf

Class: Rogue

Level/Ability: 6

Special Powers: I craft weapons, trinkets and potions. I’m really good with wood, herbs, and metals. I can make plants grow by touching them!

Gear: My costume is made up of the earth, different plants and flora and fauna. I carry a pouch of fairy dust!

Description of Garden Quest Activity: I’ve been captured by the Troll! Please help me make him fall asleep so I can escape!!!

About the player, Kaitlyn Andrews

Kaitlyn Andrews

Kaitlyn Andrews started playing the Zelda games at age 9 (Ocarina of Time is the best forever&always!!) so being part of Garden Quest is basically a dream come true for her. When she’s not pretending to be an elf in the sculpture garden, you can catch her biking around the city, lifting heavy things at a restaurant in Uptown, or milling about the University of Minnesota campus where she studies performance art. Kaitlyn is also a really passionate aerialist, and practices circus weekly at Xelias Aerial Arts studio in NE Minneapolis. She likes sloths a lot. She can’t say no to a high five. She wrote this. She hopes you’re having a great day.


 

 

 

Acoustic Campfire: Fort Karaoke with Adrian Freeman

This week’s Acoustic Campfire stars… you! Come join your host Adrian Freeman for an Open Field version of Karaoke: FORT KARAOKE! Now, you might be wondering: What’s FORT KARAOKE? Well, it’s not exactly the usual karaoke dive bar scene… Imagine a fort, made of sheets hung over twine tied up to some trees on the […]

This week’s Acoustic Campfire stars… you! Come join your host Adrian Freeman for an Open Field version of Karaoke: FORT KARAOKE!

Now, you might be wondering: What’s FORT KARAOKE? Well, it’s not exactly the usual karaoke dive bar scene… Imagine a fort, made of sheets hung over twine tied up to some trees on the Open Field Grove. Enter through blanketed gates into a palace of karaoke. Choose a tune from various songs celebrating the power of summer and the passions of life, belt it out to your heart’s content, and stay to listen to others. Let yourself rest in a zone of fascination while the harmonic sound waves of friends and strangers singing strike chords from the past and present.

Fort inspiration, by Adrian Freeman

This should be one of the more intriguing karaoke experiences of your life, so don’t miss it.  So warm up your singing voices (or prepare to have an adult beverage or two from the D’amico Garden Grill) and get ready for the time of your life… an excellent karaoke duet if you’re seeking inspiration

See you on Thursday August 2nd at 8pm on Walker Open Field for some unforgettable (another great song choice!) FORT KARAOKE!

Garden Quest Character Profiles: Lady Cadmium

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From […]

Is that a troll under the bridge? Are the gnomes and fairies milling about the Spoonbridge and Cherry? This Saturday the Walker Art Center transforms into a land of magic! Join us for Free First Saturday (Gallery admission is free from 10 am – 5 pm) and step into a realm of art-related fantasy. From 10 am – 3 pm journey on a quest through the Sculpture Garden and Open Field and meet mythical heroes and foes while participating (if you so choose) in challenges in each quadrant! So get ready to make a costume, grab a map, and set forth on your epic adventure!

This blog series will profile some of the many mythical characters you may encounter on this exciting quest, and also give a little background about the real folks playing each magical persona.

GARDEN QUEST CHARACTER PROFILE:
LADY CADMIUM

Name: Lady Cadmium

Race: Human

Class: Artificer/Artist

Level/Ability: 7

Special Powers: Item creation, wielding infusions of illusionary space, abstraction, pastiche, figuration and appropriation. Ad hoc resourcefulness, charms, spontaneities, aesthetics and meta-magic.

Gear: Black dress, white canvas, Art Deco, red lipstick, brushes, poppy oil, tattoos, mineral spirits.

Brief Description of Garden Quest Activity: Roll with dice with Lady Cadmium and her Atelier des Artistes to find out which of the 6 genomes of contemporary painting you must infuse to make a composition worthy for the great gallery.

About the player, Jehra Patrick

Jehra Patrick

Jehra Patrick is a visual artist who works out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from the College of Visual Arts in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Jehra is a 2011 recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. She has had recent solo and group exhibitions at Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, MN.

In addition to her work as an artist, Jehra is Project Coordinator for mnartists.org, where she supports Minnesota’s art community through on-line resources and offline programs, including CSA: Community Supported Art with Springboard for the Arts, the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers, and programming in collaboration with the Walker Art Center, including Drawing Club and mnartists.marketplace.

#catvidfest: I haz fan mail!

Wow. People really love cats. And apparently they love this whole #catvidfest thing too. Thanks guys, all of this press and interest  — and even the challenging commentary — is what makes this experiment so exciting and fun! I thought I’d take a moment to share some special fan mail from across the globe. And […]

Wow. People really love cats. And apparently they love this whole #catvidfest thing too. Thanks guys, all of this press and interest  — and even the challenging commentary — is what makes this experiment so exciting and fun!

I thought I’d take a moment to share some special fan mail from across the globe. And no, I’m not talking emails here – we’ve gotten plenty of those and they are wonderful (for the most part), encouraging (usually) and endearing (sometimes). But this right here, is all about snail mail! How awesome (or is it meta?) is it that this online phenomena, brought off-line for #catvidfest, then put back online for nominations, is now coming back off-line with snail mail support?! (And then getting put back online for this blog post…)

To my own surprise and delight, I was lucky enough to start my Monday morning off today with a package all the way from Singapore addressed, ever so adorably, to the “Al Fresco Cat Film Festival.” (Is it too late to re-brand the name?) While I’ve received numerous requests to use #catvidfest to sell things (C’mon people, this is Open Field, not an opportunity to exploit cute cats for cash!), today’s special delivery is the first piece of mail received that is wholeheartedly dedicated to expressing support.

Bab, from Singapore, a beautifully crafted little wooden cat, came my way along with a sweet handwritten note on the back of a picture of a real live cat next to the same little wooden cat.  (Can we talk about how meta this is all getting? Love it!) After checking Bab out further on Facebook – I discovered that this little wooden cat friend is excited to be here at the Walker to witness #catvidfest! We’re so happy to have you too, Bab, and I’ll be sure to save you a seat up front!

XO MEOW

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