Constellation: a Backyard Expedition—See how it shines

Powderhorn artists, Lacey Prpic Hedtke and Kevine Loecke, wanted to think beyond conventional art venues for a show when hosting their friends, New York based  Non Solo, on their coast-to-coast art tour. So they recruited groups of artists around South Minneapolis to open their front porches, backyards, living-rooms, garages, trees, and even a bedroom for a highly imaginative and engaging experience over Memorial Day weekend. Here is a virtual mini-tour with some of the many highlights of Constellation a Backyard Expedition:A simple clothes line transformed Cole Hoyer-Winfield’s yard into an open-air exhibit for his wood block and screen prints.Live out a secret fantasy by baking a cake or come to the realization that a cake-walk is a metaphor for life.Transform your surroundings by making a sign. (Peter Haakon Thompson – Phillips West’s Unofficial Official Artist in Residence).A refrigerator box can help you move on and satisfy a sweet tooth.A front porch window is the perfect frame for Nick Howards’ large “Expansive Field #10” drawing.Slip into a cozy Garage Cinema to watch Trevor Adams’ spliced 16 mm film assemblages.And then make an appointment to check out a zine from Lacey Prpic Hedtke and Debbie Rasmussen’s Zine Apothecary (library) and Flying Zine Mobile.Or type out your own zine, paper tweet, or affirmation at the Wonder Hearts Flyaway station.Give new meaning to hugging a tree.Or dare to swing amid its soaring limbs. (Shoefly Aerial Collective)Sneak into Miranda Trimmier’s bedroom when nobody is around to look for “Some Repeated Substance.”Volunteering to perform the Ryan O’Neal character in Andy Sturdevant’s back yard scene-for-scene remake of Love Story is a good excuse for a cry.A handmade cup is first a gesture of hospitality and then a memento of a visit.Somebody cares about how you got here. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Meet the folk behind “Foundlore” on exhibit at the Vine Arts Center

FOUNDLORE: AMERICAN FOLKART REINVENTEDExhibit runs: April 2 – May 7.The Artists talk about their exhibit: “Foundlore”The collaboration of the new exhibition “Foundlore” at the Vine Arts Center consists of five artists, Matt Flueger, Kristoffer West Johnson, Michael Sweere, Jonathan Sweere and Ryan Sweere (three brothers and two friends), who work together in a St. Paul freeway frontage road house that they converted into art studios with backyard windmill. Studio/House complete with backyard windmill”Foundlore” is American folk art reinvented. It is an imaginative reinterpretation of a media-saturated environment, making use of today’s ever-present overabundance of recycled materials, information and images. From April 2 – May 7th the gallery will be filled with an impressive array of photographs, paintings, drawings, mosaics, hanging mobiles and free standing sculptures -all intermixed to create an assemblage-like installation that draws on the sense of place in which they were created. All five artists will be at the opening reception which will feature projected video collages, art making documentaries, and animations. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Fall for Art in Seward: Meet Nancy Sampson – Art as a Family Affair

Meet Nancy Ann SampsonOccupation: Artist/Mom/TeacherKids: Jordan Hamilton and daughter, AngeliaSeward Resident for 15 yearsSeward Art Festival is October 1 – 3Hours of participating venues may vary (visit website) How did you become an artist? Can you recall a particular art project that set the art wheels in motion? The very first ‘paper’ I wrote as a young elementary student spoke of wanting to be an artist and to draw pictures of people who come to visit. I guess this initial vision, and my love for Dr. Suess’ Come Over to My House, grew into a lifelong quest for travel, cultural exchange, and exploring one another’s talents. I was about twelve when I started shooting film as sort of an inner dialog. Continue Reading

A behind the scenes peek at Frank Theatre’s production of Eclipsed

The Frank Theatre presents the area premiere of Danai Gurira’s award-winning play ECLIPSEDSept. 16 – Oct. 10, 2010 The Playwrights’ Center Here is your opportunity to meet the cast and crew, cook up Frank Theater’s recipe for “Liberian Jollof Rice” and see why you do not want to miss this show!”Eclipsed centers on the lives of five women who are thrown together by the recent civil war in Liberia. Salvaged as chattel from wartime looting, these “wives” of the commanding officer form a hardscrabble alliance and develop their own a hierarchy as they confront questions of survival within their compound. The arrival of a new girl who has learned to read, and the return of a former “wife” who has learned to kill, quickly transforms their possibilities. Continue Reading