I took this winter off to finish my art history degree, so there wasn't much going on in the studio for the first part of the year. This summer, however, things are starting to pop. Read all the latest in the "News".
My final project at the University of Minnesota was a research paper on ceramic art that has influenced my own artwork. Much more difficult and much more interesting than I ever imagined, the paper netted me an "A".
The subject was funerary dog effigies from ancient West Mexico. These burnished red holloware pieces continue to be popular with collectors today. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a few in its collection, including an excellent example from Colima. The origin is shaft tombs along the western coast of Mexico.
I am endlessly inspired by the work of these ancient artisans. I envy their ability to produce the wonderful burnished surfaces that are further enhanced by the soil chemistry effects of internment. The figures are lively, humorous, and quite sophisticated.
I strive to create similar tactile sensations and emotional gratification in my art. Take a look at my work in "The Art" section. And find out where you can see my art in the "News" section of my website.
Enjoy your visit!
First Thursdays in the Arts District, August 2004
Come check out this new monthly casual crawl through artists studios in some of the largest concentrations in Northeast Minneapolis. These brief evening events will give you a taste of what everyone looks for at Art-A-Whirl. Come by, have some snacks, check out a couple of artists studios, repeat as need on a monthly basis.
On Thursday August 5th, I’ll be showing in #339, the studio of my photographer friend Sarah Whiting. Sarah has had a rollercoaster year. Last Fall, the vast majority of her photographic equipment was stolen out of her van as it was parked in downtown Minneapolis. Instead of being crippled by this crime, she approached escape velocity in her career, going to NY for shoots, getting her own studio open, getting multiple new clients, and launching a website. I’m working on special piece for her, inspired by her energy and determination. If the kiln gods are happy, you’ll see that piece as well as an experimental architectural tower that will be raffled off. Yep — you’ll have the opportunity to get art nearly free!
August 5, 5-9pm
Drawing at 8:30pm
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Rustic Road 13 Pottery Sale, September 2004
Come to Wisconsin for an idyllic show and sale. Set in the rolling hills just north of Hudson, this show offers many delights for the eye. The 10 artists will be present throughout the weekend offering pottery demonstrations and Raku firing. If you’ve never seen a Raku firing, here is your opportunity to experience it, outdoors at an artist’s home studio. Watch the demo and shop in the Red Barn gallery for works by Ernest Miller, Steve Hemingway, Jan Bilek, Dyann Myers, Lynnea Schwieters and more! I’ll be showing and selling my smoke-fired work plus brand new, hot out of the kiln Raku pieces.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Croix Valley Food Shelf.
4th Annual Rustic Road 13 Pottery Sale
September 18, 10am–6pm and September 19, noon–5pm
1148 Troutbrook Road
For more info 651-442-1253
Here’s a map.
Cornucopia Art Center in Lanesboro, Ongoing
I recently made the jury for inclusion in the sales gallery at the art center in Lanesboro, Minnesota. They’ll carry my work regularly, beginning late August 2004. The southeastern Minnesota community has a core of dedicated arts advocates and collectors. Cornucopia’s current location is in the heart of the historic village. The new visual and performing arts center will open in 2007. Check out Lanesboro for a beautiful bike trail along the river, fine dining, a super selection of B&Bs, and close proximity to Niagara and Mystery Caves. Cool!
Cornucopia Art Center
103 Parkway Avenue North
Lanesboro, MN 55949