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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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Small Business Saturday and MORE Mini Originals Available!!!

"Out of the Blue" | 4x5" | oil on reclaimed wood | $50
The holiday season is quickly approaching and with it, the search for the perfect gift for that perfect somebody! Skip the lines on Black Friday and head out to the lovely and serene Northrup King Building on Small Business Saturday (November 29th) to support local artists like myself and get unique and affordable gifts for everyone on your list!

I will have approximately 30 new Mini Originals available - many of which are currently on display in my online gallery here. Of course, I will also have larger pieces available for those who are interested!

My studio hours for Small Business Saturday will be 12-4 on Saturday, November 29th. I will also have the studio open the following week for First Thursdays in the Arts District on Thursday, December 4th from 5-9 pm.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Art Attack 2014 Has Arrived!

The weather forecast calls for a cloudy and cold weekend here in the Twin Cities. What better time to retreat indoors and surround yourself with beautiful art in a huge and toasty old seed factory?!?

The Northrup King Building comes alive over this three day event showcasing the working studios and galleries of over 200 artists. It's a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping and feel great about supporting small local business all at the same time!

I've been working hard to have lots of great new work, including a series of small original paintings on wood that start at just $50. They've been been quite popular and I look forward to having even more available for Small Business Saturday (November 29th). Feel free to check out current availability in my online gallery by clicking here.

A preview of work at the Megan Bell Studio!

In addition to open studios, Saturday, November 8th features MN Original at Art Attack. Twenty of the Northrup King Building visual artists featured on TPT's MN Original will be showing work in a gallery (right down the hall from Megan Bell Studio!) throughout the day. International recording artist and soul singer, Timotha Lanae, will perform in the early afternoon. The Center for Irish Music and O’Shea School of Dance and Brian Miller and Norah Rendell will provide Art Attack guests with two hours of celebrating Irish heritage through music and dance. Revolver, a literary arts organization, will be joining in for the evening with it’s participatory traveling Exquisite Corpse detective story game.

Food trucks will also be parked outside my studio window at the Jackson Street Entrance. Pick up some yummy eats to keep your hungry tummies happy as your eyes are busy feasting on the visual cornucopia that is Art Attack!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday, November 7th | 5-10 pm
Saturday, November 8th | 12-8 pm
Sunday, November 9th | 12-5 pm

The Megan Bell Studio is located on the second floor of the Northrup King Building in studio 274.

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