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  • posted a new Event Cocktails at the Castle
    Cocktails at the Castle  -  Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m.  Cocktails at the Castle is a community celebration filled with non-stop art, immersive music and exploration inspired by ASI’s new exhibition of paintings by the acclaimed Swedish artist, Karin Broos: Still Life.    And, of course, delicious crafted cocktails and festival food by FIKA.   Tickets More information about pricing and programming will be released as it becomes available. Please check this s…
  • Wednesday Craft and Cocktails Series This summer, take a break on Wednesday nights and get crafty at ASI. Think of it as the ultimate summer camp arts and crafts cabin for adults. Each week, try your hand at a different medium of Scandinavian craft. From glass fusing to wood painting and luffarslöjd, ASI’s studio arts classroom is the perfect relaxed space to explore your artistic side. Grab a signature cocktail from FIKA, and join us for a fun and casual evening of crafting! No prior exper…
  • Wednesday Craft and Cocktails Series This summer, take a break on Wednesday nights and get crafty at ASI. Think of it as the ultimate summer camp arts and crafts cabin for adults. Each week, try your hand at a different medium of Scandinavian craft. From glass fusing to wood painting and luffarslöjd, ASI’s studio arts classroom is the perfect relaxed space to explore your artistic side. Grab a signature cocktail from FIKA, and join us for a fun and casual evening of crafting! No prior exper…
  • Learn how to do Swedish wire art or Luffarslöjd. With simple tools and wire of various gauges, learn basic techniques of wire work to make several beautiful and useful objects such as hooks, candlesticks and bowls. The workshop will also share ideas for further exploration. Instructor Faith Clover taught art education at the University of Minnesota and introduced her students to Swedish handcrafts. While leading a study abroad trip to Sweden and Sätergläntan, she took classes in this relativ…
  • Using flowers, leaves, stems and pods, each participant will explore color combinations and designs for a personal flower mandala. A beautiful expression of the season, these mandalas will be incorporated into a Midsommar table setting and celebration. Take home a mini mandala “kit” for creating one at home. Christine Hoffman is the owner of Foxglove, and all-local, organic flower studio in St. Paul. A local flowers advocate, Christine is dedicated to teaching about the importance and beauty…
  • posted a new Event Still Life: Karin Broos
    Still Life: Karin Broos Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, October 29, 2017   First Look Preview Party – Friday, July 14 Still Life is a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings by Karin Broos, one of the most acclaimed artists working in Sweden today. Broos draws from her early experience with abstract painting to create thoughtful and photo-realistic works, often inspired by an empathetic woman’s perspective. Her paintings invoke a wistful sense of melancholy with scenes of forests and lake…
  • Tilling the Past - Photographs by Hilma Ljung July 15-October 20, 2017 Hilma Ljung lived on a farm in the small Swedish town of Svalöv. From 1908-1922, she used a 4 x 5 view camera to beautifully photograph her family, children playing, working on the farm, gardening and people in the surrounding land. Ljung’s images chronicle everyday activity with a deep and genuine passion; a favorite place to pick mushrooms or the lake where a son fished. A caring mother and a rare female photographer fo…
  • A to Zåäö: Exploring ASI’s Collection  The ASI welcomes Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson, a St. Paul-based mother and son creative team, who will illustrate a series of 29 objects from our historic collection, each representing a letter from the Swedish alphabet. Sweeney’s lush watercolors create glowing portraits of objects that Christopherson’s mischievous little ink narrative characters explore in adventurous and original ways. The collaborative watercolor and drawing works enco…
  • Sketches of Cedar Riverside by Mohamud Mumin ASI welcomes photographer and visual storyteller Mohamud Mumin for the debut of his Sketches of Cedar Riverside project which combines photographs and recorded “soundscapes” in a sensory approach that conveys the rich history of Minneapolis’ West Bank.  This eclectic neighborhood has long welcomed Scandinavian and other immigrants, including, more recently, Somali residents. Mumin’s photographs and non-visual work, shaped by his own experi…
  • Curator-Led Cocktail Tours: View Still Life: Karin Broos It’s triple-winning combination—a curator-led tour of the Still Life: Karin Broos exhibition, customized cocktails and fine FIKA consumables. Take a private evening stroll through the galleries and Mansion with long-time, ASI curator, Curt Pederson. Still Life features the work of Broos, one of the most acclaimed artists working in Sweden today. Her photo-realistic oil paintings offer a uniquely female perspective, often focusing o…