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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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Thank you!

Just a quick thank you to everyone that came out to join us during the 21st Art-A-Whirl this past weekend! I've heard from many artists that it was their best AAW to date. Personally, I've participated for the last 17 years and this was hands down the most well-attended and highest grossing Art-A-Whirl I've ever had. So THANK YOU! If you all want to come back for a big thank you hug, I'll be at the studio for First Thursdays in the Arts District on Thursday, June 2nd from 5-9. Hope to see you then!

"When All You Wanna Do is Run Away..." | oil on panel | Sold

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Art-A-Whirl® is almost here!

"Ethel Thayer Bids Her Final Farewell" | 24x24" | oil on canvas
May is here and that means it's time for the country's biggest art crawl - right here in our own backyard! This weekend, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) is celebrating its 21st anniversary of Art-A-Whirl®!

This will be my 17th Art-A-Whirl® at my Northrup King Building studio. Much has changed over the years and each year the event gets bigger and better!

This year there will be more than 600 participating artists (More than 250 are located right in the Northrup King Building!), live music, food trucks (right outside my studio window!), and even free transportation by Metro Transit

If you're new to Art-A-Whirl®, you might have some questions about this awesome event! Perhaps you're wondering, "Where can I find family friendly studios?""Where do I catch a trolley?",  "Where's the closest ATM?", or "Where should I park?". Get answers to these and other frequently asked questions on NEMAA's website.

Lastly, make sure to download this handy map or try out this new mobile app  to help make the most of your Art-A-Whirl® experience!

Art-A-Whirl® 2016 hours are:
Friday, May 20th: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 21st: Noon - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 22nd: Noon - 5:00 pm

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