Creator of whimsical paintings and fabric/fiber art. In part; watercolor Everyday More Color for My Rainbow, displayed at “Children’s Hospitals and Clinics”. Prints of Dream Miracles and Believe in Miracles, contributed for display and auctions.
Winner of 11 top honors since 2010: Winner of People’s Choice award (Kid’s Choice) and first place Minnesota Quilters, Inc award and third place ribbon in Fine Arts at the Minnesota State Fair (2010, 2013 and 2014 respectively). Winner of four blue ribbon awards in Creative Activities for original art wall hangings at the Minnesota State Fair (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). Winner of ‘Best Fiber or Batik award’ from Arts in Harmony 19th Annual International Juried Exhibit. Winner of “Overall Merit” award from Arts in Harmony 20th Annual International Juried Exhibit and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s the Best of the Twin Cities – “Alternate State Fair Fine Arts Awards”.
Contributed to “Ronald McDonald House” and “Children’s Hospitals” for display and/or auction. In 2001 a 4 ft by 5 ft framed fiber art (“the Ceiling Outside”) was installed in the lobby of the St. Paul Children’s Hospital ER/Same Day Surgery Wing. In 2004, a 3 ft x 4 ft fiber art (“What’s So Funny?”) was installed in the “Make-A-Wish” foundation lobby (Minneapolis).
Arden is also a singer/songwriter. She plays piano and guitar and performed past concerts with husband, Bob Bushnell at the “Ordway Studio Theater” and “O’Shaughnessey Auditorium”; also creator of a 12 week course “Paintbox Theatre” at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.
“Aside from in-kind contributions, I didn’t exhibit my art or enter juried competitions until 2010. In that respect, I consider myself an emerging artist. Currently my husband is custom framing all of my art to protect my work and prepare for exhibits.
“I am a 61-year-old wholehearted Minnesotan, currently living in Shorewood, near Excelsior. My life has been one of always being involved in the arts; singing, dancing, painting, and even sewing since childhood. Aside from intermittent private lessons, I am self-taught. After graduating from the Academy of Holy Angels, my goals gravitated to visual art and music. The music: simply piano and guitar well enough to write songs.
“My husband, Bob Bushnell, and I have been together for almost 30 years. He is a music store co-owner, composer, arranger, author and award winning children’s game creator. As a songwriting, performing duo, together we debuted at the Ordway Studio Theater in 1987. But, our promising careers were dashed by a car accident. With a lot of help, I have overcome many physical disabilities and my art (and music) have been a therapeutic-journey. Creativity has helped me to heal and thrive.
“The art I create today is symbolic of my efforts to ‘begin again’, in a positive way. At first starting with small panels decades ago to my most current piece, ‘Fabric of Life !’ which is approximately 5 feet by 6 feet in size. There is no question that music and art ‘in concert’ constitute some of the passion in my life. And my wish to want to ‘make something beautiful’, even during the most trying times, is a wish I hope can continue to come true.”
ARTIST RESUME – ARDEN HARRISON-BUSHNELL (Dec 2016)
Jan 31 - Mar 30, 2017: Arts in Harmony 2017 - 22nd Annual International Juried Art Show. "One Song, One Dance, One Olive Branch" a 42" x 60" framed fiber art all by hand.
Jan 18, 2017, 7pm: Inclusion in RAW Minneapolis presents CUSP!. a mini arts festival showcase at the Pourhouse in Minneapolis (10 S 5th street).
Jun - Oct 2016: 9 pieces of Arden's art in the "Quilting Art Today" Dynamic Quilting in the 21st Century showcasing groundbreaking contemporary and traditional artwork from local, national and international artists at the American Swedish Institute.
Award Feb 2016: Arts in Harmony 2016 - 21st Annual International Juried Art Show First Place Fiber for “Dove of Peace!”…juried by Curt Pederson, curator of the American Swedish Institute.
Feb - March 2016: Gallery Exhibit of 11 pieces at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in the Murphy Room.
Aug - Nov 2015: Solo art show at Ruth Stricker’s The Marsh; Minnetonka: 8 works of fiber art..
April - July 2015: Fiber art exhibit at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Five large, award winning pieces of Fiber art at the Oswald Vistiors Center (main building)…”Fabric of Life !”, “Joyful Garden”, “Dog Park”, “Painting Caterpillar”, and “Ponyville”.
Award Feb 2015: Arts in Harmony 2015 - 20h Annual International Juried Art Show Merit Award (overall) for “Jubilation!”
Award August 2014: Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition / Exhibit: winner 3rd Place Fine Arts award for “Joyful Garden” (approx. 4.5’x5’ fiber art wall hanging)
Award August 2014: Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon (1st Place winner) “Wonderland Ballet (Ice Dancers) a 3’x3’ original art.
Award August 2014: Mpls. St. Paul Magazine the Best of the Twin Cities - Alternate State Fair Fine Arts Awards by Tad Simons for “Joyful Garden” "...a textile masterpiece"
April 2014: "Painting Caterpillar" is selected for inclusion in the "Arts in Harmony Traveling Show" April 2 - April 26 (extended).
Award February 2014: Arts in Harmony 2014 - 19th Annual International Juried Art Show Best Fiber or Batik award for “Painting Caterpillar”.
December 2013: Two original pieces (“Painting Caterpillar” (3’x3.5”) and “Little Black Dresses”(3’x3’) accepted into the “Arts in Harmony 19th Annual International Juried Show” - juror Curt Pederson, curator of the American Swedish Institute.
November 2013: Interview of the artist, about her art, by Steve Staruch of “Music with Minnesotans” on Classical MPR. <http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/14/music-with-minne...
Award August 2013: Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition / Exhibit: 1st Place winner, Minnesota Quilters, Inc award for “Fabric of Life !” (approx. 5’x6’ fiber art wall hanging)
Award August 2013: Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon (1st Place winner) “Reigning Cats & Dogs” a 3’x3’ original art wall hanging.
October 2012: Exhibit of 8 original works of fiber art at Wilcock Gallery, Excelsior, MN.
Award August 2012: Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon (1st place) winner for “Ponyville” (3’x4’ fiber art wall hanging) Created from an original drawing (2011).
February 2012: “Imagine Spring” exhibit presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum ”Dog Park” (3’x5’ fiber art) and “Once Upon a Pond” (3’ x 3’ fiber art).
February 2012: “Wonderland Ballet” (3’x3’ fiber art) selected by Juror Peter Spooner (curator at the Tweed Museum of Art) for Arts In Harmony 2012 National Juried Art Show.
September 2011: Acceptance into Members’ juried competition, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Charles Redepenning Gallery. “Dragonfly at Dawn” (2’x3’ fiber art).
Award August 2011: Blue Ribbon (first place), Minnesota State Fair, original art wall hanging “Winsome Winter” (3’x3” fiber art) created from original illustrations.
Dec 2010 / Jan 2011: Exhibition “Winsome Winter” (3’x3’ fiber art) at the Reedy Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Jan/Feb 2010: Solo art show at Ruth Stricker’s The Marsh; Minnetonka: 8 works of fiber art.
Award Sept. 2010: Winner of People’s Choice (Kid’s Choice) award from the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit 2010 for “Dog Park” (3’x5’ fiber art).
April 2009: Contribution of “Forever Flowers” (2 ½’x2 ½’ fiber art) for Make-A-Wish “Wish Ball Auction”.
March 2008: Contribution of “Forever Bear”, (11”x14” framed fiber art) for Make-A-Wish “Wish Ball Auction”.
Also: (In part) prints of “Dream Miracles”, “Believe In Miracles” and “Everyday More Color for My Rainbow” contributed to Ronald McDonald House, Gillette Children’s Hospital (Children’s Miracle Network) and Boys and Girls Club, and 'Mother's Against Drunk Driving'.
Installed: “What’s So Funny?” (3’x4’ framed fiber art) at Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mpls. In-kind contribution installed since 2006-still installed.
Installed: “Everyday More Color for My Rainbow”, watercolor with verse, displayed at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, In-kind contribution installed since 2002- still installed.
Installed: “The Ceiling Outside” (4’x5’ framed fiber art) at the St. Paul Children’s Hospital ER/Surgery wing. In-kind contribution installed since 2001- still installed
PUBLICITY (most current first)
April 7, 2016: Excelsior-Shorewood Sun-Sailor: "Shorewood artist weaves her imagination" by Paige Kieffer http://sailor.mnsun.com/2016/04/08/shorewood-artist-weaves-her-imagination/
March, 2016: Victoria Gazette: "Excelsior Artists Wins 11th Major Art Award"
February 16, 2016: Lakeshore Weekly News:, Three Qs: "Shorewood artist adds new award, exhibit to her colorful body of work" by Unsie Zuege
April 29, 2015: Chanhassen Villager: “Award winning fiber art at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum”
September 4, 2014: Excelsior-Shorewood Sun Sailor: “South Lake residents win competitions at State Fair”
August 28, 2014: Chanhassen Villager: “Shorewood Artist Adds to State Fair Blue Ribbons”
August 25, 2014: Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: Best of the Twin Cities “The Alternate State Fair Fine Arts Awards” by Tad Simons.
February 26, 2014: “Arts in Harmony” posts on their website and YouTube, a description of the recent show. At 6 minutes into the video, juror Curt Pederson, curator of the American Swedish Institute describes Arden's work.
November 2013: Interview on "Music with Minnesotans" - Steve Staruch on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. With slide show.
August 22, 2013: Minneapolis Star Tribune special mention by critic Mary Abbe in Variety section, about “Fabric of Life !”: "For sheer exhuberance, "Fabric of Life!" by Arden Harrison-Bushnell of Shorewood deserves special mention. At least 7 feet tall and perhaps 5 feet wide, "Life!" is a vividly beaded an embroidered wall hanging garnished with applique'd dancers, critters (fish, elephant, polar bears, penguin, peacock) and people representing myriad ethnicities and locales (Eskimo, Indian, Asian. Photos by Glenn Stubbe.
October 31, 2012: "A labor of love" Sun-Sailor, story and photo by Chris Dillmann, editor http://sailor.mnsun.com/2012/10/31/a-labor-of-love-south-lake-artists-showcase-work-in-excelsior/
September 13, 2012: "Local artist wins third State Fair art award" Chanhassen Villager,
September 5, 2012: "Ponyville" Chanhassen Villager,
March 1, 2011: "Drawing a Bead On Art..." Sun-Sailor, story and photos by Chris Dillmann.
December 2, 2010: "Three Qs" Chanhassen Villager, interview by Unsie Zuege.