NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Calling all artists and art lovers

Larry Nelson presents during an Art Salon for Fertile Minds gathering.

Attend monthly meetings of the Art Salon for Fertile Minds and be inspired.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 9pm - Vine Arts Center, 2637 - 27th Ave. So., 2nd floor, Minneapolis. Call Karl Blomseth 612-810-8865 or email kblomseth13 [at] gmail [dot] com with questions. Bring a treat to share if you are so moved. Price is $5 a person. RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Art-Salon-for-Fertile-Minds/.

Look at the world through the eyes of a sculptor Justin Peters on Feb. 8. Peters said: "I am currently working with cast iron, concrete, fabricated steel and recycled wood. The form and shape I'm exploring is the boat. Vessels form and I try to keep the materials I use as close to natural as I can." Peters graduated from the Minnesota College of Arts and Design in 1997 and is a resident of Northeast Minneapolis.

Organizer Karl Blomseth recently answered some questions about the Art Salon for Fertile Minds, his own work and the state of the art in the Twin Cities.

• What inspired you to start Art Salon For Fertile Minds?  
It’s always been a dream of mine to have an Art Salon.  I was influenced early in my life with the Beatnik Movement. I would go to Beatnik Clubs and listen to their music and prose.  It made me want to learn more about the arts.  In the 1990’s a friend of ours started an art salon gatherings and that just wet my thirst for more.       
• When did the group begin meeting?  
In February of 2011 we started with guests in the living room of our house with the topic of “The Art of Edward Weston.”  We eventually out grew our living room space and moved to the Vine Arts Center in south Minneapolis, where we are presently located.
• What are some of the highlights of past events?
Each month has had its own highlights.  So far we’d had representatives from the following arts: photographers, painters, ceramic artists, composer and handmade book publishing.  The audience has always expressed deep gratitude for the opportunity to learn and share from the guest artist.
• Who attends these events?
These events are open to anyone and are held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste  and increase their knowledge of the arts through conversation and participation.
• What are your thoughts on the state of the arts in Minneapolis at the present time?
Well, that is the subject of an entire Art Salon discussion.  My thoughts right at this moment:  I speak from being a partner in a studio ownership from 2000-2010 in St. Paul. The arts have been hurt by the recession, but generally the Twin Cities have one of the most prolific art creating communities in the country.  But sadly, the residents of this area do not realize what a gem they have.  A lot of residents go outside the Twin Cities area to purchase art.
• What art form do you work in?  
Mainly photography but I love creating installation art, working in sculpture with found objects, culinary arts and starting to dabble again with pencil sketches.
• What is your upcoming schedule for the Art Salon?
The schedule is growing organically as one artist inspires another.  February 8th theme is sculpture with Justin Peters, March 14 is nature printing with Sue Filbin, April 11th is “The Art of the Salon” where I, Karl, am hosting a discussion on the past, present and future of the art salon. Check our schedule at http://www.meetup.com/Art-Salon-for-Fertile-Minds/
• How long have you lived in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood?  
Plus 25 years.  I’ve stayed here even though I’ve thought at times of moving to the suburbs but I worked for 25 years at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Being 10 minutes from work had  its advantages. Also I love the urban neighborhood atmosphere of Minneapolis.
• Any additional comments?
We would love you to include reference to the Vine Arts Center where we have our gatherings.  It is one of the best kept secrets in the neighborhood. More people should support it, visit it, buy art from it, become members, donate money, sponsor events, volunteer, etc.   From www.vineartscenter.com: “The Vine Arts Center is an art-inspired space. Artist members work cooperatively to unite diverse artists, patrons, and the broader community through our creative presence and events.“

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