Mail Art Call: Art on Ice

January 10, 2009

No illustration today. I had a run in with an X-acto blade while making signs for the show opening today: Richard Crammer—Into the Forest of Flowers; I hope you all show up and see the exquisite work of this fine artist, and dearly missed friend. The show is all hung and it is stunning.

So instead of sketching and typing, my friend Mimi sent me this interesting news that I had to share with you…

The Art Shanty Projects 2009
In Minnesota we do things a little differently, perhaps it's the cold. Anyway now you don't have to live in Minneapolis to enjoy and participate in some of our fun-filled cold weather plans. You can send mail art. To read about what the Art Shanty Projects is go to the link I've provided. I went last year and it's a lot of fun to visit all the shanties and talk to the artists. Be careful walking on the ice!

A Mail Art Show
Hosted by: The ArtPost Shanty: The Official Postal Shanty of the Art Shanty Projects 2009
January 17-February 14, 2009

Show Rules:
1. The theme of the show is "ART ON ICE" (So, go wild!)

2. Art work should be no larger than 6" x 8" (NOTE: 4 1/4" x 6" is the largest size if you want to use a postcard stamp.)

3. All work will be shown (inside the ArtPost Shanty) during the run of the Art Shanty Projects 2009. (If the number of works exceeds available space, we will ask another shanty to host the additional works.)

4. There is no fee to be in the exhibition, but mail art will not be returned. It will become part of the historical record of the ArtPost Shanty.

5. Include email address, as the show catalog will be sent via email. Include snail mail address if you wish to be included in the mailing list for the catalog.

6. Please Note: Families with children visit the shanty project. Please take that into consideration in creating your work. (But, don't hold back on irony, sarcasm, politics, humor etc.!)

Jill Waterhouse, Mistress of the Post
The ArtPost Shanty
P.O. Box 7345
Minneapolis, MN 55407

I hope you all consider sending something in so that when I stop by to see the ArtPost Shanty (the Mistress of the Post is a talented artist herself!) I'll have something fun to look at.

  1. Reply

    this looks like a blast! i am going to do my piece today!

    hope your mishap wasn’t too bad, roz – i did the same thing with my lettering finger about a month ago. out of commission for a week!

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    Sounds fun! I’m going to have to look more into it.
    I have only recently (and randomly) started following your blog here and wanted to tell you that I really enjoy it. Also really appreciate your ‘reviews’ on different art supplies, books, etc.
    Especially thanks for reviewing ‘Modern Mark Making’ – my 13yr old insists she is “not at all artistic” (it’s a new attitude, so I’m guessing it’s her mild form of rebellion), but she absolutely loves this book! Since I’m still finding it in different places, open and surrounded by pens, papers and markers – and the rest of her Christmas gifts have lost their sparkle by now – that really says something.

    I’ve somehow missed that you’re in MN till now. I’ll have to figure out where Plymouth is and what we’re doing that weekend.

    • Roz
    • January 10, 2009

    Aimee, it’s amazing how we depend on our finders and hands, collectively and individually. I was looking forward to casing in about 15 books this week and now that is all put off until whenever. I can’t work with glue when I have a bandaged finger, it gets on the bandage and then on the books! Sigh.

    And I still don’t feel like typing. Beading would be a nice way to pass the time, but… and so it goes. An opportunity to notice more and slow down!

    Glad you’re going to send in a piece of mail art!

    • Roz
    • January 10, 2009

    Angela, Plymouth is sort of a western suburb of Minneapolis, West and slightly north I think. Or so I think when driving there.

    I am guessing you’re from out-state MN since you don’t know Plymouth. It’s worth coming in for this event and then going for a warming meal at one of the many fab eateries. Depending on the day you come in I would recommend, Black Sheep (coal-fired Pizza), The Modern (ecclectic and delicious with a great pot roast); and of course Cafe Latte (I like their chicken salsa chilli and of course the Chocolate Chocolate[not a typo] Cake).

    Have a great visit to the Cities. Hey come before Feb 22 and you can stop and see Richard’s stunning work at the Bell Museum AND sketch from the dioramas yourself before heading out (Museum is closed on Mondays and free on Sundays and $5 the rest of the time, check out their site.)


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    I’m in MN – way north, near Bemidji.

    Long drive to the cities – but Hubby never seems to know what to get me for Valentine’s Day… 🙂

    • Roz
    • January 10, 2009

    Angela, I think I see the beginning of a plan! Good luck.

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