Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Artescape Studio Holiday Sale

The Holiday Sale at my new art studio was a success! We had 13 artists displaying their amazingly diverse work as well as our 5 studio members! We had a glass blower, seamstress, jeweller, doll maker, photographers, oil painters, printmaker and more. The show sold over $1,400 in locally made handcrafted art and craft goods. It brought a community of artists and art lovers together to experience the local side of holiday shopping. It was a very fun and rewarding event and we hope to have our next show be as successful! We will be having a spring show with another open call for art, details will be announced on our website as well as See photos below and on our website homepage.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Sale at Artescape Studio

The studio I started this fall;
Artescape Studio is having a Holiday Art & Craft Sale featuring art from both the coop members and other local artists. Over 20 artists will be selling their work! Buy a one of a kind piece of art for your loved one this holiday season and support a small local cooperative studio!

Sale Info:

Friday, December 9th ~ 4- 10 pm

Saturday, December 10th ~ 12 - 7 pm

Art for sale includes: watercolor paintings, blown glass, fiber arts, clothing, gouache paintings, pen & ink drawings, greeting cards, jewelry, fine art prints, illustration, oil & acrylic paintings and more.

Free mulled wine, spiced rum cider & seasonal snacks.

(if interested in submitting your art into the sale, email -

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Story Book Reading with CBIG at Aldrich Arts Street Fair

The Children's Book Illustrators Guild was invited to participate in a street fair event hosted by Aldrich Arts Collaborative, a non-profit center that has a gallery space and also has classes for kids. Their summer mural class culminated in this street fair with local artists as well as an unveiling of the mural which is on the side of the building at 814 W 36th St. It was a very fun event for the CBIG artists that attended; Franklin Haws, Shawn McCann and myself. I did some facepainting which was very fun for both the kids and I, (despite the 100 degree heat.) Also each of us did a session of story book reading of our books that we had illustrated. See the videos/pictures below. Also we got to hear stories for the kids that had painted the mural. It was a great event overall and I hope to work with Aldrich Arts again soon. 


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Show of CBIG Artists at Pierre Bottineau Library

"Water, water all Around" 

I have my polar bear piece currently being shown at the Pierre Bottineau Library in NE Mpls. You can see a close up to the left or visit this beautiful library for yourself and see the other Children's Book Illustrators Guild of MN artists wonderful art as well. The show will be hung until August in the children's room in the library.

Pierre Bottineau Library
55 Broadway Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Frigid May Day Festival

The Mayday Festival was a windy icy day unfortunately since I was next to the lake in Powderhorn Park, volunteering at the Aldrich Arts Collaborative table. It is a non-profit arts organization located in S. Minneapolis. I was in their most recent show, "Out of Earth, Art", where they displayed environmentally themed art from local artists and also kids from their arts classes in the same gallery. The activity for kids/adults at the table was spring themed as might make sense for a Mayday festival, but not so in MN. I was surprised at how many children and other passers by actually stopped to chat and participate in decorating small paper cups with paint to be used as planters for spring flowers or vegetables. We still got to see the amazing puppet dance and bird boats coming across the lake so it was  still a good experience overall; but I hope next year will be spring-like and warm!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CSA: Community Supported Art - Call for Entries

The Springboard for the Arts is a local non-profit that created the CSA program 3 years ago in the twin cities area. It was inspired by the traditional meaning of a CSA; (community supported agriculture) but with art instead of produce. Artists submit their artwork to the program and upon acceptance, they are granted a stipend of $1,000 to created 50 pieces of art for "CSA boxes". Then the general public can purchase a box for $300 which includes 3 pieces of original artwork. All artwork must be smaller then 18" X 12" X 12" and can be any visual art, music, performing art or writing. The submission deadline is fast approaching, being this Friday March 18th, but this is the online submission date, so there is still time! More guidelines for the CSA program can be found here.

*Update* 3X3 Magazine Children's Show Contest

3X3 Magazine has announced its next show entry deadline of April 22nd for the Children's Show No.8. Its $30 for single entries and $35 for series. You can find out more info on how to enter here. I will be entering a series of images created for the book: A Tale from Tailsville that I illustrated for local MN author, Dan Drotzman.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3X3 Magazine- Call for Entries

There is a Call for Entries going on now until March 4th for 3X3 Magazine; the only contemporary all illustration magazine published in the US. It is open to "all illustrators, art directors, graphic designers, editors and publishers in all countries for commissioned and non-commissioned work produced and/or published during the calendar year 2010." It has many different categories for entry and you can submit multiple single entries for $30 a piece or a series entry for $35, (3-5 images). They have cash prizes for best in show and gold medal winners of $750 - $1500. They also have a Student Show call for entries going on now until March 25th and an upcoming Children's Show (details soon to be announced). And for all those procrastinators out there; (like me), you can now enter your art online, so as to be sure to make the deadline. I will be entering a piece and possibly a series as well. A chance to get published in a widely distributed illustration magazine is always a welcome opportunity; and their entry fees are less than many of the other major magazines and publications out there.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Upcoming Show at the Aldrich Arts Collaborative

I have a piece about environmental issues in the upcoming show at the Aldrich Arts Collaborative show entitled "Out of Earth, Art", opening on Wednesday February 23rd at 3501 Aldrich Ave in South Minneapolis. Please come to the show from 5 - 7 pm on opening night or you can visit the gallery Tue- Thurs 10 am - 3pm sometime in the next 6 weeks, while the show is up. This is my second show since I moved to Minneapolis! Very exciting!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Holidays Have Come and Brought Lots of SNOW!

Here is this years holiday card and of course some are still in the mail. Its been that kind of winter so far.. It has been freezing here in MN and we had a blizzard of 18" before xmas. Then I flew home with the hubby to go to MA to visit my family we witnessed the East Coast Blizzard of 2010, which dropped 30" on some states, but about 18" in Boston. So we got tons of snow, but got to spend 4 extra days in MA visiting family and friends so I consider all the shoveling out well worth it! Happy Holidays!