5:30 pm



Thursday, May 31st from 5:30-7:30pm


We all feel it at one time or another - the art just isn’t happening. Your focus has dried up, or you can’t find anything in particular worth working on. This is the opposite of artistic flow - it’s artistic ebb, and no one much wants to think about it. This workshop addresses an artist’s down time, but - rather than offer feel-good tips for getting off the couch - Ellie will lead a discussion about how artistic ebb isn’t necessarily a bad thing… it’s a time to invest in yourself.  Ellie will give participants an exercise to start on, with the encouragement to ruminate over it after the workshop is done.

*This exercise is NOT a way to pull yourself out of a funk. It’s a way to discover that during the ebb periods you’re actually planting the seeds of future work. What you make during the ebb periods will not be gallery-quality but still is an important investment in your continued endeavors.

About the instructor:

As a life-long Midwesterner, Ellie Kingsbury's photography centers around the beauty and life force found in the mundane.  Ellie received a McKnight Fellowship for her project "Automatic Beyond Belief", and is a two-time recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.  She has shown both nationally and internationally, including Beijing, Helsinki, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Portland OR.  Locally she has been featured in notable galleries such as Katherine Nash, Catherine G Murphy, Form + Content, and the Bloomington Arts Center.

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