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As a young child I had a 70s style Technicolor patchwork quilt. This was my “nap” quilt in preschool but unfortunately its vibrant colors and wild patterns were so distracting I would spend the whole of naptime looking at all the shapes and colors and trying to make some sort of sense of it all. By the time naptime was over each day, I was always good and tired and ready for rest. Fast forward many years and though I no longer have a crazy quilt keeping me awake, my mind still plays this Tetris sort of game mixing and matching colors and shapes before I fall asleep each night. I imagine it is my mind’s way of clearing itself for a good night’s rest. However, the play of colors and composition are so fascinating and beautiful that I’m drawn to recreate the fluidity and feeling of these images in my waking life. My paintings in oil use abstracted organic imagery and a dynamic palette of earthy color to capture this moment between waking life and sleep.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Art-A-Whirl 2015 - What a weekend!

And just like that, Art-A-Whirl 2015 is officially behind us. What a great weekend it was! Thank you to everyone that came out to support us at the Northrup King Building. I don't know what the official visitor count was, but 18 hours + a steady stream of visitors = a GREAT turnout in my book! As always, it was wonderful to see so many old friends and meet so many new friends. I love that part of the open studio events the most!

I had a handful of paintings leave the studio this weekend which is always a great (and much appreciated) surprise! 22 years into this career and hundreds of sales later, the excitement of each new sale still feels like the first. I don't think that will ever change.

During Art-A-Whirl, visitors to my studio had an opportunity to enter a drawing for a free Mini Original titled "Far From the Family Tree". As promised, I've chosen a winner from the fishbowl! And the winner is.... Julie A.! Congratulations, Julie! I will send an email to make arrangements to get the painting to you. I hope you enjoy!

If you missed this weekend, you're still in luck. I'll have the studio open again in a couple of weeks (Thursday, June 4th) for First Thursdays in the Arts District. Please come on by. I'd love to see you!

Thanks again and hope to see you soon!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Win a FREE painting during Art-A-Whirl at the Megan Bell Studio!

May is here and that means it's time for the country's biggest art crawl - right here in our own backyard! The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Art-A-Whirl (May 15-17, 2015).

I am proud to say that this is my 16th Art-A-Whirl at the Northrup King Building. There were only a handful of studios that first year and unfortunately, just as many guests! Much has changed over the years!!!

This year there will be more than 500 participating artists (250 right in the Northrup King Building!), live music, food trucks, and even free transportation by Metro Transit and  trolley to get visitors around the Northeast Arts District. Come find out for yourself why the Northeast Arts District was recently voted the country's #1 Arts District by USA Today!

"Far From the Family Tree" | Oil on reclaimed wood | 4x5"
I will be giving away this Mini Original titled "Far From The Family Tree" to one lucky visitor that enters their name in a drawing at my studio during the weekend. Come on by and don't forget to enter! 

The Art-A-Whirl Silent Auction is again being hosted in the Northrup King's 3rd floor gallery (#332). This is NEMAA's  biggest fundraising event of the year where visitors can bid on over 120 pieces of art, gift cards and gift baskets from local businesses!

I have donated my painting "The Masquerade Party"  to the silent auction. It is a 36x36" oil painting on canvas. Opening bid is just $900 (retail $1800)! Come on by and bid on this painting or any one of your favorite pieces and you just might get some great work at a great price! Proceeds support Art-A-Whirl and advance NEMAA's mission of sustaining a vibrant art community. Everybody wins!

Silent Auction Hours are:
Friday, May 15: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 16: Noon - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 17: Noon - 3:00 PM (auction closes at 3:00 pm)   

I look forward to seeing you soon!

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