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Artists' Pipeline #61 - July 2011
Arts opportunities for or related to people with disabilities.
The Artists' Pipeline is funded by VSA, with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Index (Table of Contents)
Art & Disability News
Artists in the News
- Jane Strauss.
- Simon Carvalho.
- Lisa Dietz.
- Mari Newman.
- Leslye Orr.
- Jaehn Clare.
- Naomi Cohn.
- Deborah Costandine.
- John Lee Clark.
- Twin Cities area artists with disabilities.
- Saint Cloud area artists with disabilities.
- Duluth area artists with disabilities.
Grants, Contests, Arts Opportunities, Workshops
- VSA Minnesota Seeks Arts Access Award Nominations.
- State Council on Disability Seeks Award Nominations.
- Access Press Seeks Award Nominations.
- ADA Access Improvement Grants Awarded to Arts Groups.
- Artability Workshops.
- Dance Training Workshops.
- Teaching Artist Workshop Series on Storytelling.
- Mann Foundation Symposium in Minneapolis.
Galleries, Exhibits, Performances, Writing
- Minnesota Fringe Festival Is August 4-14.
- Open Flow Host Offers Fringe Show on Psych Ward Experience.
- Shows at Anodyne Artists.
- Artability Exhibit Is October 6-8.
- Art Shows and Openings.
- Idols and Icons Exhibit.
- CHOICE, unlimited ARTS Program Is July 28.
Computer Time for Artists at VSA Minnesota
Artists with disabilities are invited to make use of computers and Internet access at VSA Minnesota to further their development as artists. Several computers, software (primarily Microsoft), cable Internet connection and a printer are available for research into funding or resources, checking email, working on a script, etc. Staff assistance is very limited, and advance notice is appreciated for using computers between 8 AM and 6 PM Monday through Friday. The computer and meeting room is on the 3rd floor of Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., one block from light rail and Target Center in Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Why We Need the Arts in Medicine
The current edition of Minnesota Medicine features articles on the arts in healthcare. Among the articles, Midwest Arts in Healthcare Network member Gary Christenson, MD, writes "Why We Need the Arts in Medicine," and "A New Leaf" features Bethesda's healing arts program (a project being coordinated by MAIHN officer, Bob Payton). Find the issue at www.minnesotamedicine.com/CurrentIssue.aspx.
Artists with Disabilities in the News
Jane Strauss of Minneapolis has an exhibit of classic car photos on display through October at Park State Bank, 430 First Avenue N., Suite 104, Minneapolis.
Simon Carvalho of St. Paul has an exhibit of photographs through September at Vision Loss Resources, 1936 Lyndale Avenue S. (at Franklin), Minneapolis.
Lisa Dietz, fiber artist from Golden Valley, needs wool for a project: boiled wool (quite heavy, dense, a mottled texture, often used for jackets but woven like a sweater) or a high-end brand name wool like Jones of New York or Ralph Lauren (not Shetland wool, loose-weave or thin sweaters). Any white wool or 100% lambswool works, and it is fine if the sweater is worn out, stained or ripped, as long as it is thick & tightly woven. If you have any old, available wool winter gear to donate for her art endeavors, please contact her at 763-546-0234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mari Newman of Minneapolis has had her art accepted in two international juried shows recently: Shared Visions at Southern California College of Optometry accepted Pickled Artist Painting Blue Banana Peel and Flower Children of the Lake; and View Point Gallery, Sunnyview in Schenectady, New York, accepted IDS Night, Whoopee Minnesota and Gummy Worms Steal Animal's Meal.
Leslye Orr of Dreamland Arts in St. Paul delivered the keynote address for the Walker Art Center’s May 13th event, "The State of Things: An Update on Accessible Cultural Programming in the Twin Cities." The program addressed how cultural organizations in the Twin Cities are addressing accessibility and audience development. You can watch or listen to the address on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri9FfjKURkk.
Jaehn Clare, a performing artist and co-founder of VSA Minnesota, has concluded her 11-year tenure as Director of Artist Development for VSA arts of Georgia. She will be pursuing career development opportunities in the Atlanta arts community. Her website is www.JaehnClare.net.
Naomi Cohn of St. Paul was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in poetry for a project called Known by Heart, which explores the contemporary value of memory and the things we care enough about to commit to memory.
Deborah Costandine of St. Paul was nominated for the Lifeworks Advocate of the Year Award for championing the inclusion of an individual served by Lifeworks because of the art therapy intern at Adler Graduate School.
John Lee Clark
John Lee Clark of Maplewood recently received two grants. He was named one of four Minnesota Emerging Writers grantees (out of 241 applicants) by the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He will use $9,000 for a new Braille display, tuition for a writers’ seminar or private mentorship, travel to and fee for ASL performance tutorial, and expenses for three months’ rent and utilities. www.loft.org/for-writers/contests-and-awards/loft-contests
John is also one of five recipients of Intermedia Arts' Beyond the Pure Fellowships for Writers (formerly the SASE Jerome Grants for Emerging Writers), which defines an emerging writer as a writer whose work demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment and commitment, but who has not yet received widespread recognition from peers and/or industry as an established professional artist. In addition to receiving a cash award, recipients also participate in a 12-month fellowship program of community, mentorship, guidance, workshops and resources through the year. For more info, see: www.intermediaarts.org/beyond-the-pure-fellowships.
John was born deaf and became blind in adolescence. Editor of the anthology Deaf American Poetry and author of a poetry chapbook, Suddenly Slow, he works as a freelance editor and runs a small press for the signing community with his wife, the deaf cartoonist Adrean Clark. They live in Maplewood with their three sons. (NOTE: Complimentary copies of Suddenly Slow are available at VSA Minnesota.)
Twin Cities area artists with disabilities
The next Artists With Disabilities Alliance (AWDA) meeting is Wednesday, July 20, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Room 201, 2501 Stevens Avenue S. Tara Innmon is the facilitator. The main MCAD building is next to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts & the Children's Theatre. A free parking ramp is off 3rd Avenue S., and accessible parking off Stevens & 25th. Come early and view art exhibits at MIA or MCAD!
AWDA is an organization of artists with disabilities who meet regularly to share recently created art, get feedback, work on group projects and offer support for disability or art-related issues. The meetings are fragrance-free, and accommodations (like ASL interpreters) can be provided if requested at least a week in advance. The next AWDA meeting will be August 17 (Room 201).
Open Flow forums are monthly opportunities for artists to share art, creativity and thoughts. The next forums are Tuesday, August 2 and Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:00 PM at Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave. W., St. Paul (enter off north parking lot).
To receive email or postcard reminders about either activity, contact VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or email@example.com.
Saint Cloud area artists with disabilities
We-R-Artists, networking artists with disabilities in Central Minnesota, meet monthly at the Paramount Theatre & Visual Arts Center, 913 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud. Enter Paramount’s back door. For more info, contact Sharon Pfau, 320-230-9412.
Duluth area artists with disabilities
The Arrowhead Alliance of Artists With Disabilities (AAAWD) in Duluth hosted two Disability Mural Project Duluth Tile Workshops in June at the Duluth Art Institute's Lincoln Building. The Disability Mural Project is a unique expression of disability, the first community artwork created by people with disabilities. Individual 12" square tiles are painted or collaged to express the artist's experience with disability. The artists are people living with disabilities as well as individuals who do not have a disability but who have experienced disability through family or friends. The Mural Project workshops will culminate in a one-day exhibit on October 19 at the DECC in observance of National Disability Awareness Month. For more information on the Disability Mural Project, go to the Disability Mural Project Duluth on Facebook, or go to: disabilitymuralduluth.blogspot.com or YouTube.
To participate in AAAWD activities, email or go to www.aaawd.blogspot.com or AAAWD on Facebook.
VSA Minnesota Seeks Arts Access Award Nominations
Arts Access Awards are an annual program of VSA Minnesota to recognize artists, educators, arts organizations and others whose achievements have enabled more Minnesotans with disabilities to participate in the arts. The Jaehny award (named after Jaehn Clare, a founder of the organization) recognizes dedication to making arts programs and facilities more accessible, as well as creating opportunities for artists of all ages with disabilities. Categories include, but are not limited to Outstanding Arts Educator, Most Active & Visible Minnesota Artist with a Disability, Most Active Producing/Performing Group Involving People with Disabilities, Most User-Friendly Performance or Exhibiting Space for People with Disabilities.
Award winners will be honored in September with an original artwork created by a Minnesota artist with a disability, as well as publicity about the access issues they promote.
To make a nomination, submit by September 2, 2011: your name and contact info, name and contact info of your nominee, category of award, why the person/organization deserves to be recognized, and any relevant clippings, quotes or testimonials. More info and a form will be online at www.vsamn.org shortly. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax 612-305-0132, or mail VSA Minnesota, 528 Hennepin Ave. #305, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
State Council on Disability Seeks Award Nominations
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the Minnesota State Council on Disability has set the theme for its annual Awards Luncheon as “Emergency Preparedness: Are you Ready.” The event will be Monday, September 26 from 9:00-1:30 at a location to be announced. Nominations are being sought for the following categories: Access Award, Employer of the Year Award (large and small), Mentorship Award, Minnesota Award, Friend of the Council Award, Media Award, and Above and Beyond Veteran’s Employment Award. A description for each of the categories above can be found at www.disability.state.mn.us. Or for more information, contact MSCOD in St. Paul at 651-361-7800 or 800-945-8913 V/TTY or email: email@example.com. Nominations are due by September 6. Collaborators with MSCOD on the luncheon are Pathways to Employment, Department of Employment and Economic Development, State Rehabilitation Council, Department of Human Services and the Independent Living Council.
Access Press Seeks Award Nominations
Access Press seeks nominations for its 2011 Charlie Smith Award -- persons who have provided outstanding service to Minnesota's disability community. Nominations may include Minnesotans who are effective self-advocates or whose efforts have been on behalf of persons with disabilities. Nominations are due by August 30, and awards will be presented at the Friday, Nov. 4 banquet at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington. For more information about making a nomination or attending the banquet ($45, or less for groups purchasing a table), call 651-644-2133, email firstname.lastname@example.org, mail to Access Press, 1821 University Ave. W., #104S, St. Paul, MN 55104, or go to www.accesspress.org.
ADA Access Improvement Grants Awarded to Arts Groups
Nineteen arts organizations in the Twin Cities this year have been awarded a total of $250,554 for projects to make the arts more accessible to people with disabilities. Funding for these ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations is from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota o November 4, 2008. VSA Minnesota conducts the grant program for the Metro Regional Arts Council.
The grants enable nonprofit arts organizations in the seven-county Twin Cities area to make improvements to their programs, projects, equipment, or facilities to enhance access to the arts for people with disabilities. Such activities must have the potential for significant or long-term impact in involving more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs, and report measurable outcomes. This year’s grant recipients include:
Art Speaks (RISE), Spring Lake Park, $9,330
Caponi Art Park, Eagan, $8,500
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, $20,000
Chameleon Theatre Circle, Inc., Burnsville, $9,329
Eagan Art House / Parks & Rec, Eagan, $20,000
Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis, $20,000
Mentoring Peace Through Art, Hopkins, $13,195
Minnesota Chorale, Minneapolis, $10,000
Mixed Blood Theatre Co., Minneapolis, $10,000
Mixed Precipitation, Minneapolis, $11,225
Nimbus Theatre, Minneapolis, $17,700
The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, $10,000
Park Square Theatre,St. Paul, $10,000
Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis, $20,000
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, $15,800
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development, St. Paul, $3,075
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis, $7,400
TU Dance, St. Paul, $20,000
Zenon Dance Co. & School, Inc., Minneapolis, $15,000
Details about each project are available from VSA Minnesota or at www.vsamn.org.
Artability at Apollo will offer the following workshops on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at People Incorporated APOLLO Resource Center, 313 N. Dale Street, St. Paul, at the back of the Redeemer’s Arms apartment building on the ground level.
July 20 -- CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE -- Use Artability art supplies to work on a piece you’ve already started, or start a new piece. Take advantage of peer critiques, and get your art questions answered. “Project” frames will be given away with instructions for sprucing up an old frame on your own.
July 27 -- WRITING DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES -- Learn how to write poems in the first person ('I') that aren't about yourself. Dramatic monologues capture the intensity of a situation by giving the poem a very intimate tone. Poets have used dramatic monologues to imagine how famous or historical figures or even family members might have felt about their lives. Instructor: Marion Gomez
August 3 – BEYOND THE BASICS: PAINTING -- Gretchen Dreisbach will gently help you to expand your painting boundaries to the outer limits where the JOY and true FREEDOM of CREATIVITY manifests!! Bring a work in progress, or start a new piece. The group will also participate in orchestrating a collaborative piece.
August 10 – CARTOONING – Come learn how to cartoon yourself, your friends and your family with Minneapolis artist George Folz. Learn how drawing people can be made fun and easy through use of shapes and lines. At the end of the workshop, you'll have some wonderful new knowledge and be able to create lots of fantastic drawings!
August 17 – NARRATIVE COLLAGE – Explore a new way of telling the story of your life: by creating a collage with Jennifer LaCasse. Some stories do not have a clear beginning, middle and end; instead, all the different parts start to blend together. Collaging is a great way to tell that kind of story with pictures. A wide variety of found imagery and other materials will be used to create unique, narrative collages.
August 24 – WHOLE BRAIN POETRY – Join June Blumenson and learn how both hemispheres of our brain dance in tandem to create a poem and give our whirlwind of emotions structure. The group will read some famous poems and do writing exercises to get the dance going.
August 31 – OUTSIDE AND INSIDE THE BOX – Deb Costandine returns to teach participants relaxation exercises through art. Bring a cigar box or pencil box (or use ours) to make an amazing creation and learn techniques to expand your mind and explore your artistic potential.
Parking is available on Carroll Street on the south side of the building. Class size and supplies are limited. Register at 651-227-6321 x42 or email: email@example.com.
Dance Training Workshops
A training workshop, designed and developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, will be co-presented in partnership with Perpich Center for Arts Education and the Capistrant Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. It is designed to help experienced dance teachers adapt what they already know to work effectively and comfortably with persons who have Parkinson's Disease. The Dance for PD® Best Practices exposes movement practitioners, therapists, caregivers, program administrators, medical professionals, people with Parkinson's and others to components of the program they might incorporate into their own work or life
Sessions are August 24, 9:00 to 4:00, and August 25, 9:00 to 1:00 at Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley. The workshop will then move to the Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul from 2:00-4:30 PM. The per person fee is $135. Enrollment is limited. Preregister online at Dance for Parkinsons(www.danceforparkinsons.org).
Teaching Artist Workshop Series on Storytelling
The Northstar Storytelling League invites teaching artists – or artist who want to teach – to participate in a Teaching Artist Workshop Series. Six workshops will be offered over four Saturdays at the Black Forest Inn’s Festsaal Room, 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis.
* July 23, 2:00 to 5:00 -- NEEDS OF THE TEACHING ARTIST with facilitator/instructors Mary Jo Thompson & Becca Barniskis and Guest Artist Tish Jones.
* July 30, 9:30 to 12:30 -- NEEDS OF THE CLASSROOM TEACHER with instructor Mary Jo Thompson, Guest Artist Steve Busa and Guest Teacher Linda Siverson-Hall.
* July 30, 2:00 to 5:00 -- NEEDS OF THE CHILD with facilitator/instructors Mary Jo Thompson & Nadja Ruebenova and Guest Artist Anton Jones.
* August 20 -- CREATING LESSON PLANS with instructors Mary Jo Thompson & Dudley Voigt:
9:30 – 12:30: Teaching ABOUT Your Art Form with Guest Artist Nancy Donoval; and
2:00 – 5:00: Teaching THROUGH Your Art Form with Guest Artist Rhonda Lund.
* August 27, 2:00 to 5:00 -- COMMUNICATION MAKES IT OR BREAKS IT with facilitator/instructor Mary Jo Thompson and Guest Artist. Beverly Cottman.
Cost is $40 one workshop; $30 Northstar members, students/seniors and MN-based roster artists; $120 full series of six workshops. To register or for more information about the workshops and presenters, go to Northstar Storytelling League(northstarstorytelling.org/teaching-artist-workshop-series) or Teaching Artist Workshop Series on Facebook. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other scented products.
Mann Foundation Symposium in Minneapolis
Minnesota teachers, parents, and administrators can explore a variety of topics at the Sixth Annual National Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation Symposium about Children’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities on Tuesday, August 9, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. N. The Symposium is co-sponsored by PACER Center and the American Dairy Queen Corporation.
Speakers will address issues regarding children’s mental health and learning disabilities, including proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions. Keynote speakers include David S. Goldbloom, Ph.D., senior medical advisor, education and public affairs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto; Josh Hanagarne, author of the novel “The Knot” and the blog “World’s Strongest Librarian”; and Dr. Read Sulik, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist, pediatrician, and adult psychiatrist.
Cost is $15, and lunch will be provided. A certificate for six clock hours is available. To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000 or 800-537-2237 or visit www.PACER.org.
PACER Center is a nonprofit parent center for Minnesota families of children and young adults with any disability. PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.
Minnesota Fringe Festival Is August 4-14
The 18th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival will feature 168 companies presenting 865 performances of theater, dance, performance art, storytelling and other theatrical entertainment at 18 venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul, all accessible to people with mobility impairments. Of these shows, 26 will be Audio Described and 16 ASL-interpreted. Shows last 60 minutes or less, with a new show starting every 90 minutes.
The 2011 Fringe Festival schedule, show descriptions and accessible shows are searchable at www.fringefestival.org. The list is also available from VSA Minnesota or the Fringe Festival. During the Fringe, a daily recording of accessible shows is available by calling VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888. Patrons using ASL or AD services can purchase two-for-one tickets for $12 at the door with a coupon or online with the code ACCESS. Or you can buy a single ticket or make a pass reservation (to an ASL/AD performance) using code ACCESSPASS that will waive the usual $2 reservation fee. Each person must have a Fringe button for $4. Regular ticket price is $12 ($10 senior/student with ID); punch tickets are available for 5, 10 or unlimited tickets ($50, $100, $225). For more details, call 612-872-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To buy tickets, call OvationTix at 866-811-4111, go online at www.fringefestival.org/2011/tickets, or buy at the Fringe.
Open Flow Host Offers Fringe Show on Psych Ward Experience
No Change of Address, a one-act play by Michael Price of St. Paul, is a true, funny, touching story of a psych ward veteran trying desperately to figure out the future’s answers while reminiscing about the past. What led to his suicide attempt, who is his tormenter, does he really want to get better, is he leaning toward life or death?
The premiere of this original, one-person script will take place at the 18th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival, with five performances between August 4 & 14, and two pre-Fringe previews. Like all Fringe shows, the show runs less than an hour. It will be performed at the HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Avenue (one block south of Lake Street), Minneapolis, at these times: Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8:30 PM; Monday, Aug. 8 at 10 PM; Thursday, Aug. 11 at 5:30 PM; and Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $12, and each patron must have a Fringe button ($4).
Free previews of No Change of Address can be seen at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 28, and Monday, August 1 at the Lyric Lab at 765 Hampden Ave. S., St. Paul (at the corner of University Avenue, next to Carleton Artist Lofts).
Mike is an artist who has had numerous careers since he studied theatre at the U of M. Lately he’s been writing short stories, a novel, and this play script, which he adapted from work encouraged by staff at a psych ward. He and Pamela Veeder co-host the monthly Open Flow sharing of work by artists with disabilities. He comments more about his work on the Fringe website: www.fringefestival.org/2011/show/?id=1493
For more information about No Change of Address and Serpentine Productions, call 651-917-3667 or email email@example.com.
Shows at Anodyne Artists
Anodyne Artist Company will perform a one-act play, “A Dollar,” Thursday & Friday, July 21-22, at 7:00 PM at its home, 825 Carleton St., St. Paul. The show is part of Anodyne’s Random Acts, an open forum for artists to perform new and tried material and receive feedback from the audience.
Anodyne will also perform an original production, “Traditions,” in November. Actors of all types and ages are welcome and are paid stipends based on ticket sales. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-642-1684.
Anodyne Artist Company is a non-profit organization that works with artists with and without disabilities. A component of its mission is to inspire all through a high level of teaching, mentoring and artistic expression. Anodyne is led by artists with a wide span of cultural roots and a multitude of creative endeavors who are committed to upholding an environment where the arts belong to everyone. It is an accessible space.
Artability Exhibit Is October 6-8
The 2011 Artability at Apollo exhibit will be October 6-8. Submission guidelines are now available. Visual artists can submit 2 works; writers can submit 5 pieces of original writing in a computer text file. If you have questions, call the Artability Coordinator, Sarah Beggs, at 651-227-6321 ext.42 or email Artability@PeopleIncorporated.org. For more details, go to www.peopleincorporated.org/get-involved/artability.
Art Shows and Openings
Call for Art for the Edina Art Center: "Healing Through Art." Apply online at
www.cityofedina.com/EdinaStore/art_show_exhibit/JourneysHealingThroughArt.aspx or direct questions to Anne Spooner, Program & Gallery Coordinator at Edina Art Center, email@example.com, 952-903-5789. The exhibit runs Aug. 11 - Sept. 14, featuring two- and three-dimenstional artwork in any medium expressing personal healing in art created by artists of all ages. This open-to-all-artists juried show will also feature Edina resident and Healing Arts Facilitator Donna Webb and her students’ work. Artists’ reception is Thursday, Aug. 11, 5-8 PM with judges’ comments 6 PM.
National Recovery Month (September 2011) is being celebrated by Your Art’s Desire Gallery of Art and Framing in collaboration with Minnesota Recovery Connection and the Recovery Works! Committee. This year’s “clean II” theme will be “a turning point.” The juried show seeks art from artists who have been affected by drug or alcohol addiction, who are connected with the recovery community, however they define it, and are actively working towards recovery in their life. Interested artists are asked to create and submit for review work(s) that specifically explores their experience or interpretation of their turning point towards recovery. (This is not limited to the addicts’ experience; people who care about someone who has struggled with addiction are also encouraged to submit work.) Email up to 5 jpegs to: firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a CD of images to: Your Art’s Desire 12928 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Include contact information and dimensions of the art. All mediums are welcome. Submissions must be received by Saturday, July 23 (include name and contact information). Selected artists will be notified by July 29. All artwork must be completed and in the gallery by noon on Monday, August 22. The show runs September 1–30, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 to 10 p.m. If questions, email or call 952-988-9772.
An UPcycling Art Contest is being promoted this summer by the Kaddatz Gallery and OTC Recycling Center in Fergus Falls. Create an art object using a recycled Mystery Medium. A Juror's Choice cash prize and a People's Choice prize of a reusable shopping bag starter kit will be awarded, and all entries will be displayed from August 16 through Sept. 24 at the Kaddatz Gallery. All entry fees ($5) will go towards the Juror's Cash prize. Entries must be delivered to the Kaddatz Gallery by 5:00 PM on August 12. For rules, entry form, and the mystery medium, contact OTC Recycling Center, 1115 N Tower Road, or Kaddatz Gallery, 111 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, MN, 56537; Gallery Manager Gretchen Boyum, 218-998-4405, email@example.com, www.kaddatzgalleries.org.
Idols and Icons Exhibit
From the instant recognition of the Dalai Lama to the slightly controversial depiction of Sarah Palin, the summer show in the Interact Gallery is guaranteed to make you smile! Put away the dictionary and come experience your own definition of idols and icons, open through August at Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 212 Third Ave. N., Mpls. Proceeds from sales support artists’ commissions and Interact Studio. Presented in partnership with the Colonial Warehouse. www.interactcenter.com, 612-339-5145.
CHOICE, unlimited ARTS Program Is July 28
CHOICE, unlimited in Duluth is hosting an evening to highlight the artists involved in its ARTS Program on Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Teatro Zuccone 222 E. Superior Street. The event will include a collection of dynamic visual art pieces, theatre and dance performances. Individual artists will be selling their artwork as well. Suggested donation is $5, with all proceeds going to support the ARTS Program. For more information, contact Annie Roseen, BOLD-choice Theatre Company Director, 218-724-5869 ext. 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.