MayDay 2014 the Public Workshops are Open

The magic of making MayDay has begun to infuse all of the theatre space at HOBT.ORG (in the Heart Of the Beast puppet and mask Theatre).

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ARTS REVIEW | Henrik Nygren covers everything from A to Z at his "Insights" lecture at the Walker Art Center

Photo courtesy Walker Art Center

This recap wraps up my review series of Insights, four lectures co-presented by The Walker Art Center (WAC) and AIGA-MN. Four leading graphic designers from around the world were chosen to share the thinking, methods, and processes behind their professional design work this year. The Insights series has been presented for over 25 years, an impressive fact demonstrating that the Minnesota design community continues to support design leadership throughout the world. Each presenter gave their nod to previous Insights series and two noted that they’d often been audience members (via the web casts, most likely).

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My ten favorite indoor places to sketch in the Twin Cities

Twin Cities sketchers, cooped up for months can rejoice that the brutal winter of 2013-14 is over. The bad news is we still face at least a month of cold, damp spring weather. So today’s post is about ten of my favorite interior places to sketch in the Twin Cities. Missing from this list are buildings that I am saving for future posts that are both sketch-able inside and out – The churches, the Capitol, Landmark Center and some others. I am also saving coffee shops for another post. Coffee shops are awesome for sketching.

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Chicago Avenue Fire Art Center heats up South Minneapolis

Photo courtesy Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

I really like the term "fire artist" because it sounds like "fire bender" and I'm all about the Avatars. While there are no fire benders at the Chicago Avenue Fire Art Center, there are plenty of fire artists. Fire arts is an umbrella that houses many artistic skill sets including blacksmithing, glass work, jewelry making, sculptural wielding, enamel work and even electronics and neon work, just to name a few. Pretty much any form of artwork forged from heat, spark or flame can fall under the fire arts category

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REVIEW | Martine Syms connects with the audience during her Insights series lecture at the Walker Art Center

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Martine Syms’ was the third presenter at Insights, a lecture series co-presented by the Walker Art Center (WAC) and AIGA-MN Ms. Syms is described in promotional material as a “conceptual entrepreneur.”
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REVIEW | Fire Drill and Friends' "Bring In The Indigo": Mixed Bag of wonderful strangeness

The artists of the Bring In The Indigo showcase; photo courtesy of Fire Drill

One of the benefits of starting off all this critical writing I do these days in the crucible of the Minnesota Fringe Festival is that I got (and continue to get) introduced to all manner of artists with which I might otherwise have never crossed paths. And they in turn introduce me to still other randomness. As a consequence, I can get invited sometimes to some pretty odd stuff. It might not always be my thing, but if I have no idea what’s coming next, I certainly don’t get bored.

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Sketching Twin Cities snow piles

Winter in Minnesota does not favor plein air sketching – ink freezes in pens, watercolors turn to ice and fingers develop frostbite. Fortunately, there are many good places to sketch indoors in the Twin Cities (watch this KARE 11 report about the Metro Sketchers sketching at the Como Conservatory). Towards the end of the season, I get bored of sketching indoors and venture outdoors into the cold. I put on my fingerless gloves and dilute the ink in my fountain pens with alcohol and step outside to sketch the predominant feature of late winter in Minnesota: snow piles. Snow piles are a ubiquitous, though fleeting part of the urban, winter, Twin Cities landscape and every year, a few of us urban sketchers take up the challenge to celebrate and immortalize snow piles on paper before they melt away.

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ARTS REVIEW | Sara De Brondt talks cultural design at the second installment of the Insights series at the Walker Art Center

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The Walker Art Center (WAC) and AIGA-MN are co-presenting Insights, four lectures featuring leading graphic designers from around the world who have graciously agreed to share the thinking, methods, and processes behind their professional design work. The presenters have some intense labels to live up to: Lance Wyman/NY is called a humble master (of design) and a legend, Sara De Bondt/London, the epitome of a cultural designer, Martine Syms/LA, a "conceptual entrepreneur" (sic), and Henrik Nygren/Stockholm, a premier graphic designer.

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VISUAL ARTS REVIEW | All My Relations presents provocative images in Maggie Thompson's Where I Fit exhibition

When you think of your cultural and ethnic identity, is there a piece of cloth—a sown or painted tapestry, a beaded headband, a knitted cable sweater, a special quilt made by the matriarch in your family—that helps you honor and celebrate who you are? Cloth and/or textiles are often overlooked as key cultural touchstones in modern day society, but they are the focus of Maggie Thompson's solo exhibition at All My Relations Gallery. She uses textiles to ask important questions about family, identity and culture. As a Native American woman (Fond du Lac Ojibwe), Thompson uses this show to “dig deeper into the notions of her identity focusing on issues of cultural appropriation and Native authenticity through the rigid ideas of blood quantum and stereotyping.”

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Contemporary art performance planned at The White Page

The art gallery is the dream of four young artists: Kathryn Sheldon, Alanah Luger-Guillaume, Alexis L. Stiteler and Rebecca Spangenthal. (Images courtesy of the-white-page.com

Plan to attend “Bring in the Indigo” at The White Page, a collectively-run art gallery, on Sunday, March 16 at 8 p.m.

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