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How Does Roz Write A Love Letter? Part 2

Above: The love letter I wrote for the "Love Letters from Artists" show listed below. Stonehenge gray paper, with rubber stamped text and gouache sketches—though my Sean Connery sketch is one I had turned into a custom rubber stamp years ago. I have it in a bunch of sizes. You can't have too many Sean […]

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Art With A Bark Opens June 25

Left: "Mr. Buttons," 12 x 12 inches, gouache on watercolor paper. A dog-park friend who is a Boston Terrier. (Note all my paintings will be sold matted and framed.) The invitational group show "Art With A Bark" opens at the Edina Art Center on June 25. It runs through July 30. (You'll find a map […]

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Crop Art Show

Above: Click on the above invitation to view an enlargement. That's right, besides seeing the current crop art at the Minnesota State Fair, you can see crop art from past Minnesota State Fairs at Foiled Again Hair Salon. This retrospective show, Over 40 Years of State Fair Seed Art, runs from today through October 17. […]

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Sketch to Print: Turning a Journal Sketch into a Finished Silk-screened Print

FrenchBullDogPrintFin Left: the final French Bull Dog print is 5.5 x 6.5 inches. Print Gocco screen print on Folio paper, green and navy inks. I left the deckle edge on as many cards as I could when I cut down the paper. See the deckle at the base of this card. The wording on the print is from the fortune cookie fortune that was stuck to the journal page where I did the sketch. I tried out other options, but this seemed too perfect. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

MCBA recently sent out an art call—None of the Above. I wanted to participate and started planning something about the State Fair and birds, of course. But I was caught up in my fake journal and didn’t get right to it. Then I was working on my dog portrait series and did a preliminary sketch of a French Bull Dog that I quite liked. (See a scan of the original journal page in my post on Superstition #6, here.)

In an instant things changed. I decided that I would make a print of that sketch instead. And here, step, by step, is how I turned that journal sketch into a print.

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Profile: Linda Koutsky—Bold Art Jewelry with Found Objects

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Above: A selection of jewelry pieces ©Linda Koutsky (photograph by the artist, ©2009 Linda Koutsky). Fabricated from sterling silver and brass and found objects each piece of jewelry is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art containing natural and man-made found objects. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

Minneapolis artist and author Linda Strand Koutsky received the “Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2008 Barbara Lund Emerging Artist Award” for her excellence in fine art jewelry. Her exhibit at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts opens Thursday, April 2, 6 to 9 p.m. (The show runs through May 2.)

If you are interested in jewelry, found objects, Minnesota, or creativity, you really need to come to this show. Linda, a confirmed regionalist, is a friend and inspiration to me. I’ve seen her jewelry in person  and the pieces are lovely and inventive. Using natural items and made-made items Linda has created mini-narratives about life and the land and resources in Minnesota. Her design eye and sense of texture, form, and color transform these ordinary bits, which others overlook, into bits of art with emotional impact. She believes “Not only can jewelry be beautiful adornment, it can also be fine art that explores and celebrates our human condition.” Her one-of-a-kind sterling silver and lost wax cast bronze jewelry confirms that.

Mail Art Call: Art on Ice

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

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Richard Crammer: into the forest of flowers

Right: Marsh Marigolds, graphite on paper; ©2005 Richard Crammer. The Bell Museum of Natural History is hosting a show of  Richard Crammer's artwork. If you have not seen the work of the talented artist, please make a point to do so now. The opening is on January 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show […]

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Profile: Dean R. Koutsky, painter

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Above: Grandview Lodge, oil painting ©Dean R. Koutsky

Fans of Twin Cities artist Dean R. Koutsky will shortly have two venues to catch some of his paintings at. Currently he has oil paintings up at Premier Gallery in downtown Minneapolis. 

Additional paintings are included in the Edina Art Center’s Faculty Exhibition, January 8 through February 21, 2009.

Join the artists for a reception on Thursday, January 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.!

Dean, who works both in the studio and plein air, paints a variety of subjects—from boat and water scenes, to landscapes, to people-scapes.

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James Michael Lawrence: An Unusual Retrospective

Left: A montage of collaged images, all ©James Michael Lawrence. Click on the image for an enlarged view. Review=Reflect=Recycle • James Michael Lawrence • An Unusual Retropective is the new show set to open at the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis. (3441 Cedar Ave. South, Minneapolis; phone 612.722.2321) The show runs from January 9 through […]

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Emerging Artists Show

At left: etching ©2008 Rachel Nusbaum My favorite emerging artist is having a group art exhibition. Rachel Nusbaum's art will be included in "Loveartpassion"  at Calhoun Beach Framing & Art Gallery, 4959 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. The opening reception is Saturday, November 22, 2008; 7 to 9 p.m. Mark your calendars and come […]

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