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In this Issue: Home Sweet Home

—Featuring an entertaining conversation with the writers, actors, and musicians behind Electric Arc Radio on the joys of collaboration, the persuasive powers of malt liquor, and their bold reinvention of traditional author readings

Maybe it’s a lingering tryptophan haze from the holidays, but we're feeling sentimental about the homefront these days. So, this month a+E takes a closer look at artists tackling the comforts and complexities of home, wherever they find it. Zoom In artist Lori Greene’s work is anchored in her strong sense of neighborhood, heritage, and passion for community involvement, and her vibrant mosaics are the richer for it. This issue's Point of View spotlights Electric Arc Radio, whose cast and crew turn the stereotype of the solitary writer on its ear with their enthusiastically collaborative live show and podcast about a group of misfit writers living together in south Minneapolis. (Check out mnAccess for a great deal on tickets to the show.) Catch up on the latest features and news from mnartists.org on Homepage, and prepare to mark your calendars as you browse the intriguing events highlighted in You Are Here, including an exhibit examining the orphaned stuff on thrift store shelves, a play about the occasional perils of family devotion, and the 11th Annual Minneapolis 55408 neighborhood art festival. Also, one of our favorite events of the year, the Art Shanty Projects, opens this weekend on Medicine Lake—and mnartists.org is joining in the festivities with a shanty of our own. Come on out and visit us at the 10,000 Artists On a Lake shanty—we’ll leave the porch light on for you.

Zoom In: Mosaicist Lori Greene

Double Mama by Lori Greene

LORI GREENE’S SHOP, MOSAIC ON A STICK, HUMS WITH CHATTER

from neighbors coming in to browse for supplies, gossip, sign up for classes, and look around for new pieces on display in the store windows. “So how’s your daughter’s wedding coming along?” Lori asks Lily, one of her regular customers, as she rings up her supplies. Over the course of the morning, a number of the store’s faithful pass in and out, and Lori is quick to proudly point out the newest of her students’ contributions to the artwork on display and for sale. Greene stops unpacking a box of new stock for a moment when a woman approaches her with a handful of ceramic tiles.  Turns out she’s looking for just the right color brown for a mosaic she’s making with her kids: “We’re making Martin Luther King, Jr. and I’m not sure which of these will work best. Lori, what do you think?” 

 

In just the few short years since Lori Greene and Maria Ricke opened “The Stick”, they’ve put down solid roots in this community, helping to organize neighborhood-wide art collaborations—like this summer’s big project, which resulted in 10 community-created, mosaic-embellished planters for Snelling Avenue—that both beautify the area and, generally, bring folks together in the process. Since they started offering popular DIY classes like “Trash to Treasure Mosaics,” which teach people to create mosaic tabletops, vases, birdbaths, benches, and even house numbers, the Self portrait with mask, by Lori Greene

passion Lori and Maria have for the art of mosaic has become contagious—everyone’s getting into the act.

 

A well-regarded mosaicist in her own right, Lori Greene has set up her studio in the back room of The Stick. It’s a friendly space, crowded with half-finished pieces, supply catalogs, bins of colored tile and glass, shop invoices and an embellished mirror she’s been commissioned to create for a little girl’s room. As she’s showing me around Lori points out some of her work, thinking out loud. She gestures at the top of a file cabinet, toward a baby doll adorned with a bird on its head and a mosaic hoop-skirt dotted with a riot of tile and glass. “I’m not sure what she needs, but she’s not quite done yet. That feels too much like a prom dress.” She indicates another little sculpture she’s got facing the corner. “I think that one’s scary, for some reason. It’s done, but I’m not sure what it’s really about—I don’t know if I like it.” I ask her about the birds that appear so frequently in her sculptures, often on her figures’ heads. “It’s from Yoruba legend—birds are messengers to the gods and they often show up in traditional artwork. I just fell in love with Yoruba artwork—the beaded masks the kings wear, the fine handwork—it’s so powerful and passionate.”  ... the article continues on mnartists.org

 

You’re just a click away from the rest of the article and a collection of Lori Greene’s powerful sculptures, mosaics and beadwork on mnartists.org.

 

Lori Greene, photo by Usry Alleyne

Lori Greene describes herself as "an artist of African, Native American, and European Ancestry. My art work is inspired by the mixing and blending of these cultures, and the work I do in mosaic is, perhaps, a reflection of my own mosaic makeup. My art work is influenced by Nigerian (Yoruba) beadwork, nkisi figures of the Congo and textile patterns through out the world. My work is very personal, and I'm interested in the issues surrounding motherhood, race, culture and women's roles in our society."

 

Photo of Lori Greene (left) and all photos of her work by Usry Alleyne.

 

Point of View: Electric Arc Radio and The Lit 6 Project

Sam Osterhout reading

 

Let’s Put on a Show!

By Susannah Schouweiler

 

 

THE LAST TIME YOU WERE PART OF ANYTHING AS GUILELESSLY EXUBERANT AS A LIVE ELECTRIC ARC radio show you were nine years old, with your cousins and siblings, putting on a performance from behind the couch for relatives. Except, unlike you and your kidly cohorts, the writers of the Lit 6 Project and the actors and musicians from Creative Electric Studios actually put on a savvy, funny, literate show.

 

The conceit of the Electric Arc's storyline is simple: four obsessive, misfit writers all live together in a two-story house in south Minneapolis. It’s not that weird until you consider that Alan Greenspan (“G-Span”), the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, also resides in their backyard treehouse and has taken up the clarinet; Björk is a personal guardian angel for the group; their life-narrator lives in the attic and provides a soundtrack to their lives; and their day-to-day business frequently overlaps with the doings of Robert “Hart to Hart” Wagner, Gorbachev, and other surprising celebrities.

 

Oh yeah… and there are musical numbers. It’s easy to compare Electric Arc Radio to Prairie Home Companion, and people have; but, the Lit 6 stories are structured more like Escher-esque After School Specials than Garrison Keillor’s homespun yarns. And at first glance, it's especially tempting to compare Electric Arc's pop culture laden humor with that of young writers behind the self-consciously hip satire of McSweeney’s ilk. But that’s facile too. Electric Arc offers entertaining writing that’s smart but big-hearted; the show's writing is pop savvy, but the vibe of the show is inviting and never hipper-than-thou.

 

I caught the Electric Arc Radio crew at Creative Electric Studios, just after their last show of the 2006 season in mid-December. Turnout was great that night—over 200 people came to see them perform—and the cast was still juiced about that. It was, perhaps, their most successful draw yet and their very special holiday episode had been a huge hit with the crowd.

 

When we all settle in with some drinks, Sam Osterhout opens with the story of the group’s origins. “I was in the MFA program for writing at Hamline, and I wanted to write like Steinbeck, like you're supposed to. I worked really hard at it, but it just wasn’t happening. I discovered that what I’m actually good at is writing fart jokes, and it’s hard to make that work for an MFA program.” ... the article continues on mnartists.org

 

Click here to read the full article on mnartists.org, and hear about what brought the cast of Electric Arc Radio together. Along the way, discover the therapeutic benefits of collaboration and performance for shy, solitary writer-types, the audience-drawing power of complimentary malt liquor and vibrators, and why showing the seams is the secret to Electric Arc’s success.

 

The whole Electric Arc crew in Mike Brady's El Camino

Electric Arc Radio features the talents of the four writers behind the Lit 6 Project — Geoff Herbach, Stephanie Ash, Sam Osterhout, and Brady Bergeson — and the musicians and artists from the visionary Minneapolis gallery Creative Electric Studios — David Salmela, Jenny Adams, Kurt Froehlich, Quillan Roe and Mike Brady. The 2007 season of the live show begins January 27 at the Ritz Theater. See mnAccess for performance details.

 

Sam Osterhout (pictured top) reading, photo by choreographer Megan Mayer appears courtesy Electric Arc Radio. Photo (left) of the whole Electric Arc Radio crew in Mike Brady's El Camino by Karl Raschke.

Homepage: Catch up on the latest features from mnartists.org

A very special mashup mix from Some Assembly Required

All new episodes of SAR are headed your way beginning next week as the show enters its fourth year in syndication (!). To tide you over in the meantime, give a listen to this very special Some Assembly Required mashup mix (be patient, it's a big mp3 file) featuring highlights from the coming weeks’ sample-based music and audio art.

Fancy yourself a curator?

Featured Collections: Collections on mnartists.org are curated "exhibitions" assembled from the over 50,000 works on mnartists.org. You know access+ENGAGE features collections, but did you know anyone can create them? All you need to do is pull together artworks, artists, organizations, or articles you like, write up a little curator’s statement, and post any related links. That’s it. It’s easy. Up now: a collection of shanties, a member-created photo essay of the Walker under de/construction, and more. 

This Just In...

News: Are you taking advantage of this useful resource on mnartists.org? Check out information for artists, plan your weekend, volunteer for mnartists.org, find out about artists’ access to health care, or avoid artists scams. Want to see your events listed on mnartists.org (or in access+ENGAGE)? Send your news, preferably in the form in which you wish it to appear and at least one week ahead of time, to news@mnartists.org.

What Light: This Week's Poem—the Book!

What Light is a running mnartists.org series, sponsored by Magers and Quinn Booksellers, presenting a new poem by a Minnesota poet every week. There’s an open call for submissions, then poetry is chosen by a jury of writers, publishers, and editors. And now we’re putting out a book: look for an anthology of What Light poems to be released February!

You Are Here

Dance

Luna Negra Dance Theatre

Photo appears courtesy CSB/SJU

 

Luna Negra Dance Theatre is an amazing blend of contrasts - serious and funny, classic and modern, adventurous and subtle. Devoted to the creation and presentation of contemporary dance by Latino choreographers, Luna Negra deliberately steers away from stereotypes or folkloric representations. Instead, the distinctive style of the company blends ballet and modern dance techniques, strongly flavored by Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. The company is interested in the creation of new, highly original Latino works of art, contemporary in both style

and content.

Where: College of Saint Benedict,St. Joseph, MN

When: Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $22 ($18 for Seniors and Youth tickets, with CSB/SJU students with ID $11)

Festivals and Galas

The Soap Factory presents the

Art Shanty Projects

The Rendezvous Cafe shanty by Monica Sheets and Jane Powers

 

You call it climate change, I call it global warming... but no one's calling anything off. Have no fear—if the ice gets too thin to keep shanties on the lake, the the whole shooting match will move to the beach. There's a five-week exhibition planned, chock full of science, art, knitting, karaoke, games, performances, poetry, mail, pinhole cameras, cacti, and art cars. There’s even a shanty dedicated to tired parents and entertainment for the knee-biter set. The Art Shanty Projects are part gallery, part residency, and part social experiment, inspired by the tradition of ice fishing and ice-fishing houses that are part and parcel of the Minnesota winter. Click here for a full calendar of fantastic events. While you're at it, take a look at plans for all of this year's art shanties on mnartists.org.

Where: Medicine Lake, Plymouth, MN

When: The opening day is January 13, and the Art Shanty Project runs through February 17.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

The Get Lucky Gala: A benefit for the Soo Visual Art Center

If you love little indie galleries and the kinds of unique artwork they make available to the public, you’ll want to come out in support of Soo VAC. Festivities will include entertainment, refreshments, and both a live auction and a silent auction where you can pick up fabulous work by talented local artists.

Where: Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, January 13 from 7-11 pm

Tickets: $40 each ($30 for members)

11th Annual Minneapolis 55408

Billed as “a celebration of Minneapolis’ most creative zip code” this year’s Minneapolis 55408, is the 11th annual exhibition of multimedia, multi-artist works from more than 40 artists. This year’s eclectic exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, film, web art, and new media. For co-curator Bridgette Rongitsch, it is more than just another art show: “After ten years as a neighborhood exhibition, Minneapolis 55408 continues to be a vital forum for the exchange of ideas through visual art. The exhibition has evolved into a point of connection between artists and their diverse community.” Sounds like fun, no?

 

Where: Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis

When: Exhibit runs from January 25 to March 17. Opening night party (a karaoke blowout hosted by former 55408 curator Mike Hoyt) is Friday, January 26, 7-11 pm.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Literary Events

Found in Translation: Art and Language in Global Culture

New English (Square Word) Calligraphy by Xu Bing. (Look closely: the text on the right reads "Little Bo Peep".)

While verbal language can create barriers, visual art is a universal language that transcends boundaries. Found in Translation: Art and Language in Global Culture is an inventive international touring exhibition that explores translation as a link between expression and understanding. Included in the exhibition are multi-lingual artists’ books, prints, and digital and video documentation of innovative, sometimes even playful projects. Using text from many languages (including English, Japanese, French, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, Khirghiz, Russian, and German), in a variety of media (books, audio CDs, video, photographs and computer software), the exhibit also invites hands-on interaction with the artwork.

 

 

Where: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis

When: The exhibit runs opens January 27 and runs through April 28. Gallery hours are Mondays 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays 10 am to 9 pm, and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be an opening reception for the show on January 27, from 6-9 pm at MCBA studios, featuring a discussion at 7 pm with the Booklyn Artists Alliance.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Readings from the writers of Northography

Pen and Ink by Britt Fleming, 2006.

 

Northography.com is an unusual marriage of visual “stimuli” and creative writing responses that offers not only an intriguing bit of writing, but also a dynamic, homegrown online literary community. You can hear some of the talented member writers behind the Northography experiment read from their recent work: Britt Fleming, Maia Cavelli, Diana Lundell, Tim Brennan, Dylan Garcia-Wahl, Michael Ramberg, and Sharon Chmielarz will all participate.

Where: Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis

When: Friday, January 26, 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Music

Rift magazine’s 36 Hours Songwriting Contest

 

As many as 16 songwriters will get 36 hours to write a song. They’ll perform it in front of a live audience, and then you get to decide who goes home with the big-ass trophy and crowing rights. Contestants include: Sam Keenan, Lea Birbalas, Terry Eason, Jenny Dalton, David Brusie, Mike Brady and more to be announced later. Who needs American Idol? This is where the serious music competition lives.

Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis

When: Sunday, January 14, the show runs from 7 pm to 8:30 pm (doors at 6 pm).

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Theater

Carousel by Nautilus

Music-Theater

Photo illustration by Andrew Jerabek

 

Following up last year’s smash hit production of Man of La Mancha, Nautilus Music-Theater turns its attention to Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s poetic and lyrical masterpiece about the redemptive power of love and forgiveness. This production features the talents of choreographers Brian Sostek and Megan McClellen and two of the Twin Cities’ most popular singer-actors, Bradley Greenwald and Jennifer Baldwin Peden. These spectacular performers sweep away the cliches of traditional musicals, aspiring to an emotional clarity that illuminates the challenges of addictive love and domestic abuse that are raised

by Carousel.

Where: Southern Theater, Minneapolis

When: January 18-21, 24-29, 31, February 1-4. Most shows start at 8 pm, Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm. Related events include post-show discussions January 26, 28, 31, February 3 and a community forum on domestic abuse Saturday, January 27 at 3 pm.

Tickets: Prices vary by performance.

The Missoula Oblongata presents The Wonders of the World: Recite

 

Photo from The Wonders of the World: Recite appears courtesy The Missoula Oblongata

 

The Missoula Oblongata is back in Minneapolis after a smashing summer tour where they received rave reviews from critics and standing ovations from audiences throughout The United States and Canada. The Wonders of the World: Recite is a macabre coming of age story taking place on a lighthouse on the last day of the world. The show features two writers/performers (Donna Sellinger and Madeline Ffitch), one live musician (Nick Stocks), Ulysses S. Grant as the ideal male specimen, a pop-up diorama, and a felt pigeon. The troupe is proudly self-sufficient: the performers provide everything they need for each show from lighting and music to set design. Come see what all the hubbub is about for yourself!

Where: The Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis

When: Friday and Saturday, January 19-20, 8 pm both nights

Tickets: $12 ($2 discount with a Fringe Festival button)

The Guthrie and Minnesota Fringe present Fringe Encore

Artwork courtesy The Imbecile Domicile

The Guthrie and Minnesota Fringe Festival presents Fringe Encore at the Guthrie featuring Love in a Time of Rinderpest, presented by Bedlam Theatre; Google: The Musical, presented by The Imbecile Domicile; African Roads, American Streets, presented by Universal Dance Destiny; and Wonderland, presented by La Vie Theatre. 85 actors, singers and dancers will turn the Dowling Studio into a frenzied festival of lively musicals, zany comedy, spoken word and ethnic dance. Each of these hits from the 2006 Minnesota Fringe Festival lasts only an hour and will perform three times during the four-day series in true Fringe style, back-to-back in repertory.

Where: The Dowling Studio Theater at the Guthrie

When: Thursday, February 1 through Sunday, February 4. (Visit the website for specific show times and details.)

Tickets: $17 ($15 per show for a 2- or 3-show package, $12.50 per show with the four-show package)

Off-Leash Area presents

Maggie’s Brain

Photo from the Garage workshop performance of Maggie's Brain in 2006, courtesy Off-Leash Area.

Enter a world of schizophrenia, where a family is lost in a sea of confusion, anxiety, and guilt while they watch their dear Maggie being swept away by a torrent of hallucinations into an alternate reality. Off-Leash Area uses a movement vocabulary of simple and obsessive gestures and athletic acrobatic dance to physically and visually portray the emotional experience of the onset of schizophrenia; the audience, seated in the center of the action, is surrounded by the sensory overload of voices, images, and emotions that fill Maggie's mind, alternately seeing the world through Maggie's eyes, and the eyes of her family as they desperately try to communicate with one another across the hallucinatory landscape of her new world. If you, by chance, saw this performance in workshop form at Off-Leash Area's Garage Theater last year, you'll definitely want to see their fully realized vision for the production on a bigger stage.

 

 

Where: The Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis

When: January 18 through February 3, Thursdays through Saturdays. All shows start at 8 pm.

Tickets: $18 general admission ($16 students and seniors). Opening night festivities on January 18 include an hors d’oeuvres buffet, drinks, music, and the show for a mere $35. For ticket reservations and information call 612-724-7372.

Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (a show about white people in love)

Photo by Frank Hentschker courtesy WAC

Provocative writer/director Young Jean Lee’s worst nightmare is to make anything as predictable as a confessional, Korean American identity play with a flowery Asian-sounding title, so she decided to do just that. Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven follows a character named “Korean-American” as she navigates—like a contestant in an identity-politics video game—the increasingly disturbing levels of a pseudo-Korean world. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a white couple appears and begins having a dysfunctional relationship drama that eventually takes over the play. Full of blunt observations and unexpected turns, Lee’s warped, funny take on her heritage raises difficult questions about race, culture, and identity that leave the audience uneasy, exhilarated, and grappling for answers.

 

Where: The Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

When: January 18-20, all shows begin at 8 pm

Tickets: $20 (discounts available for Walker members)

Visual Arts

Mary Griep: Anastylosis and Janet Lobberecht: It Lingers Then

You Forget

Artwork by Mary Griep, courtesy RAC

 

The Rochester Art Center is opening two new exhibits you’ll want to catch in coming weeks: Mary Griep takes center stage as the featured artist for the Southeastern Minnesota Artist series, and McKnight winner Janet Lobberecht’s work is featured as part of the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist series.

Where: Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

When: Both shows run from January 19 through March 4.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Level

Level is an art collective and collaborative project by six young artists, each contributing a distinct vision and style: Justin Austad, Joshua Bindewald, Michael Gordon, Joshua Haycraft, Kevin Hayes, Steve Nelson, Sarah Osborne, and Jamie Paul. Elizabeth Millard, of Metro magazine, raves about this joint exhibit in the January 2007 issue: “The intersections of their art (the Level Collaborative) are more compelling than the differences. Now that they're past their freshman year, more collaborative works could be coming down the pike. Ann Klefstad, editor of mnartists.org, is one visual-arts art critic charmed by what she calls Level’s ‘punky wit and cool influence.’ The collaborative glass piece is more of a sampler than a finished work, but it's striking." Collectors, she also notes, should consider snapping up a bargain while the Levelers are in their youth. We at a+E couldn’t agree more.

Where: Gallery 13, Minneapolis

When: The exhibit runs from January 13 to February 4. The opening reception on January 13 is being held from 7-11 pm and all are welcome. You can also attend an artist panel discussion on Friday, January 26 from 7-10 pm. RSVP to Gallery 13 for both events. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment (see website for detailed hours).

Tickets: FREE

Hell

War is Hell by Ray Kramer, 2006.

For Outsiders and Others Gallery's fourth annual exhibit exploring world religions, Minnesota's outsider artists are considering the many manifestations and understandings of hell. Artists' interpretations draw inspiration from a diversity of conceptions of damnation, from Dante's Inferno to angry Norse goddesses or even reflections on African-American history. Featured artists include Colon Marx, Cornelius Day, Jill Johnson-Danielson, Maureen Modrack, Ray Kramer, and Steve Tomashek.

Where: Outsiders and Others Gallery, Minneapolis

When: The exhibit runs from January 6 through February 3. There will be an opening reception Saturday, January 13 from 7-10 pm.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Past Lives: Thrift Store Ephemera

by Wyatt McDill

Bric a Brac by Wyatt McDill, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60".

Wyatt McDill’s intriguing new exhibit of paintings, installations, and photos pays homage to the abandoned and discarded items found at thrift stores. By examining our orphaned belongings, McDill instigates a natural dialogue about life and death and and the things we carry with us (and those we leave behind). McDill observes, “Everything we own will end up in thrift stores too, sooner or later. Pictionary, Ziggy mugs, The Bridges of Madison County, the “Kokomo” cassingle, DARE T-shirts... Thrift stores are aesthetic: all the terribly ugly objects, lined up on shelves, aisle after aisle: bad designs, bad color choices, bad quality, bad idea, bad time in my life, etc. But put them all together and it's a beautiful testament to human blundering. Beautiful strivings, beautiful nostalgia, beautiful past times: like people, a beautiful, messy spectrum."

Where: Creative Electric Studios, Minneapolis

When: The show runs from January 20 through February 17. The opening reception is set for January 20, from 6:30-11pm. You can see the exhibit Saturdays from 11 am- 4 pm or by appointment.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

For more up-to-the-minute events listings, check out mnartists.org

mnAccess

Be a part of radio history!

Get tickets to the premiere show of the 2007 season of the Lit 6 Project's Electric Arc Radio show

for only $8 if you order your tickets online from Electric Arc Radio

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Where: The Ritz Theater, MPLS

When: Saturday, January 27, 8 pm

One for the Road

"Back Home", poem by Louis Jenkins and artwork by Richard C. Johnson. This piece is part of a collaborative series entitled Words and Pictures, currently on display at the Duluth Public Library.

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Featured Contributors and Artists

Banner image (image detail cropped and reprinted with artist's permission): Odalisque details, mosaic and sculpture by Zoom In artist Lori Greene, 2005. Many of Greene's pieces are for sale. Inquiries can be made directly to the artist. Keep your eyes open when you're out and about: she will be installing a few new public pieces around the Twin Cities in the coming months. One of her mosaics is going up at The University of Minnesota’s Fairview Hospital in a matter of weeks, and later this spring she will have a number of works installed along the forthcoming African-American Heritage Corridor slated for the Selby Avenue neighborhood in Saint Paul. You can see one of her mosaics that’ll be included in that project, a project she created in honor of Nellie Stone Johnson, on display now at the Minnesota State Arts Board.

On a related note: Greene's shop, Mosaic on a Stick, is gearing up for its spring 2007 class schedule. If you want to learn how to make your own mosaics, sign up for “Trash to Treasure Mosaics,” or take a class that’ll teach you how to create a decorative backsplash for the kitchen or unusual mosaic house numbers to enhance your home’s curbside appeal. And don’t forget to check in on the website periodically for news about how you can get involved with upcoming community projects.

 

One for the Road poet Louis Jenkins has a new book of prose poetry coming out this May from Will O' The Wisp Books and will serve as guest poet at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in the U.K. next November. And word has it that artist Richard C. Johnson has long cherished a desire to keep bees.

A note about our sponsor: If you're in the market for studio space in the Twin Cities, check out Carleton Artist Lofts. The spaces are cool and it's a nice way to say thanks for their generous support of artists and access+ENGAGE.

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