Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Community Call for Art



March 19- April 16, 2010 At Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Sponsored and curated by SMARTS, South Minneapolis Arts Business Association, a new association of artists and arts related businesses that unite to connect, cooperate and support the arts in South Minneapolis. The focus for this first annual show is COMMUNITY. The jurors want to see work from, about and in support of community, communi- ty building, and the glories of South Minneapolis. Other themes will be considered as SMARTS would like to promote a broad range of South Minneapolis artists. The exhibition will also serve as the launch of the SMARTS guide which is a map of visual and performing art destinations, artists, education and art service businesses in South Minneapolis. The SMARTS GUIDE will lead visitors to arts businesses and destination points in South Minneapolis.

For more information on SMARTS please visit www.southminneapolisarts.org.


All artists living and working in south Minneaopolis may apply. The borders are roughly south of Franklin Ave, east of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, north of HWY 62 and west of the Mississippi River.


All visual media are welcome, including video. Our exhibition has some restrictions in terms of size and form of piec- es. Specifically: sculptural/3D work should be able to be shelved on walls or rigged from the ceiling . Work requiring pedestals may not be accepted. Please contact Intermedia Arts before proposing work that is unusually large, heavy or fragile for the exhibition. Call or email: 612.871.4444 or info@IntermediaArts.org with questions.


Send accurate jpegs of the work you plan to show to info@southminneapolisarts.org . Statements about the work are welcome. Please provide your complete name, email, website, address and phone # in the body of the email. Accept- ed artists will be expected to provide a resume and artist’s statement about their work and press clippings, if available.


Intermedia Arts will retain 40% of artwork sales during the span of the exhibition. Intermedia Arts will insure the work for the duration of the show.


• At least 1000 postcards will be distributed • local, area and national press kits will be sent • email publicity


February 8th - jpegs for up to 5 works due at info@southminneapolisarts.org

March 12th or March 15th - Accepted work due (ready to hang/install) at Intermedia Arts from 10am-6pm. Friday,

March 19th - Artists reception, 7-10 pm at Intermedia Arts Monday,

April 19th - Pickup of artwork from 10am-6pm

Monday, January 18, 2010

The opening Shots of Uncommon Textiles

The opening was filled with people who had never been to the gallery before...the fiber people came out. It was kind of a quiet opening, but I think fiber does that to a person. It is soothing. You should come be soothed as well.

In deep afternoon light, the gallery awaits

In the deep, slanting afternoon light, the gallery awaited its first visitors of the evening! It is that quiet, golden hour when I sip a glass of wine, toasting a show well hung and anticipating a show well seen.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Zach, being far more detail oriented than I, measured out and installed Sara Christensen Blair's multi part pieces, 24 MONTHS and CYCLIC

For CYCLIC, the installation of a rainbow of crocheted pill bottles, he figured out the math and plotted the curves.

Being far more organic in practice, I worked with Rachel Starr Suntop's felt pieces. They were rather like wayward children, having tantrums about who they were next to, yelling "MOM, he looked at me funny!" or "She touched my stuff!" I hung and rehung on our plaster walls for hours...fractions of inches making a difference! But finally the "family" of felt settled down and agreed to all get along;-) DO come Saturday and see how we did!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Uncommon Textiles opens soon

UNCOMMON TEXTILES: two directions
opening reception, Saturday, January 16, 7-9pm
Sara Christensen Blair does crochet, cross-stitch and quilting, but unlike anything you have seen before. She takes these traditional female arts, associated with washcloths and whimsy, and transforms ideas and objects into meditations on the experience of being a woman in the 21st century.
Rachel Starr Suntop, takes traditional felting, associated with warmth and utility, and sculpts landscape memories, emotional touchstones from her travels in Scandinavia.