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The Stevens Square Center for the Arts is accepting nominations for positions on the Board Of Directors.  Board members will have free studio space at SSCA.   4 volunteer positions are as follows; Chair – arranges and presides over meetings of the co-operative, appoint committees, and oversee operations; Vice Chair – in the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall serve in stead; Secretary – certify and keep Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, keep a book of minutes of meetings, see that notices are given, keep and file bills, reports, documents…; Treasurer – be responsible for funds and securities of the co-op, maintain accounts of the cooperative’s properties… SSCA is also accepting nominations for additional members at large including persons with an interest in patronage of the arts and artists. A sign-up sheet is in the gallery at SSCA. Email nominations are also being accepted: You are welcome to nominate yourself for one or more positions. Election of board members will take place on the evening of Tuesday, December 30, 2014. New Board Members will begin January 1, 2015.

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Doorways to the Underworld



MCPA (Minneapolis Collective of Pagan Artists)

Doorways to the Underworld Opening Reception: Saturday October 25th, 2014 7:30-11pm Stevens Square Center for the Arts is proud to present “Doorways to the Underworld”, the debut exhibition of the Minneapolis Collective of Pagan Artists. This group of artists works in a variety of mediums and styles but share a spiritual philosophy.  Pagans believe in many Gods and Goddesses, have a reverence for nature, and consider this time of year to be sacred for remembering loved ones who have passed away. In this exhibit, Halloween is explored through the eyes of those who experience the season as a profound time to commune with the ancestors and the spirit world.  For these artists, the work is an extension of their spirituality, allowing a glimpse into what is often an unseen tradition.

Featured MCPA artists

Ali Beyer (Artemis Namaste),      Anne Marie Forrester (Helga Hedgewalker),

Paul B. Rucker,     Roger Williamson

Guest Artists

Ellie Bryan, Katie Clapham, Rmay

Opening Reception: Saturday October 25th, 2014 7:30-11pm

Live music performance by Comets Ov Cupid Dance Presentation by Alana Mari

Closing Reception: Saturday November 15th, 2014 7:30-11pm Live Music Performance by Crow Call

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SSCA Juried Summer Exhibition



In conjunction with Red Hot Art.  Saturday, July 26, 2014.  Featured Artists:  Genie Castro, Terrance Davis, Jesse Green, Ryan Moy, Russ Stephens, THIA, and Roger Williamson.

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The Minneapolis Art Lending Library will be open on Friday, June 6th from 6:30-9:00pm and Saturday, June 7th from Noon -5:00pm.  The Minneapolis Art Lending Library affords Twin Cities community members the rare opportunity to borrow original works of art for two months at a time, free of charge.  Our aim is to provide exposure for artists, build ongoing support of the arts, and share the joy of art with all members of our community, regardless of financial standing.    -Friday and Saturday at The Stevens Square Center for the Arts.

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$35 Paperback • 588 Pages

With contributions from Lana Gentry, Chris Trian, David J. Haskins, Howard Bloom, Steve Hapy, Marly Preston, Jason Purdue, Scott Stine, Monique Everhart, Kevin Evans, Dario Impini, Heather Gray, Megan Amber Cox, Blaire Black, Jim Burr, Chema Sol-Rojas Salinas.

The Trickster’s Torah is a fierce declaration of creativity in action, against a world of fascist trends, censorship, and oppression. It picks up where the Trickster’s Koran left off, revealing a “Third Way” where people can be empowered to be creative agents in their own lives. This volume reflects on our ability to turn convention upside-down to reveal how ridiculous all cultures are so we never forget our instincts and never become slaves to dead ideas and beliefs used as modern control systems. You are the creator so create! Rather than have our hopes, dreams, sexuality and imaginations sold back to us by Corporate culture, celebrity culture, the Church, or State, it shows us “to create is spiritual,” to create is part of the “human spirit.” A book of Art and Life in action, suitable for anyone interested in applied survival and creativity in an uncertain 21st Century. A never-ending book in it’s fourth incarnation with new insights and elaborations of “The Coyotel Way” and “The Trickster’s Bible.”

Saturday, May 17th, 2014:  3:00pm
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Steven Johnson Leyba, Satanic Apache Art Activist; Adam-Cooper Teran, Arizona-based Occultust and Video Artist.  Friday May 16, Doors 8:30pm -show begins at 9:30pm- $5.  Friday:  Featuring the film PAINing POORtraits:  Destruction of the Image by ACT & Leyba.  Original art exhibition of “Anti-GMO” Paintings by Leyba, Steve Hapy, and ACT with live spectacle destruction of art and a CURSE ON MONSANTO.  Special guests, live music, and spoken word.  Saturday:  book signing/Q + A/lecture on the book, “The Trickster’s Torah”  3:00pm  free and open to the public.

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Eva Two Crow & Guinevere Wollmering.  Reception:  Saturday April 5th 7-10:00pm.  Free and open to the public with refreshments, music, dancing & celebrating provided.    Show runs March 15th – April 13th, 2014.  Gallery Hours:  Thursday & Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday & Sunday 1pm-6pm.

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The Stevens Square Center for the Arts presents TRANSCENDING MASQUERADE, a gallery exhibit of artworks that surpass ordinary limits, transcending beyond that which is not true or real.
Featured Artists: Faye B. Howell, Terrance Davis, Jude Mostak, Pete Hinze, Cecile Bellamy, Christi Furnas, THIA, James Reininger, Linda Davison, Carolyn Zuaro, and Trish Brock.

Opening Night:  Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:00-10:30pm.
The option to masquerade is open. Wear masks if you wish. We will be wearing ours.

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The Stevens Square Center for the Arts presents THE ART OF PROGRESSION by The Forming and Performing Arts’ Collective Effort Co-op:  a group of artists located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota whose goal is to enhance the community by instilling in the current generation, and those to come, a sense of artistic ability and responsibility. Its goal is to provide a creative outlet for local artists and to engage the community from which they rise, to understand, appreciate, and support the arts. *The Art of Progression* Art, like life, is always in *progress*. We’re always in the middle of something. We are always busy, always procrastinating, always distracted. This is a project to explore, realize, focus, and celebrate the art of progression, and the many steps we take to achieve wholeness. It is designed to evoke a sense of urgency; using our creative energies to work through the things life throws our way. Taken literally, some of the artists have used this assignment to practice new techniques and to discover what *could*be. They’ve taken ideas off the shelf, dusted them off, and worked to finished what might have never been. Others have used the time to symbolically engage themselves in something deeper. Artistically, they work towards the betterment of their being, their beliefs, and their behaviors. Join us for a night of live music, refreshments, bar, and an artists’ view of what it means to be complete.


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The Stevens Square Center for the Arts Annual Members’ Show. Featuring Artwork By: Max Alper, Trish Brock, cynTHIA, Terrance Davis, Linda Davison, Kayleigh Fichten, Sherry Freeman, Jesse Green, Faye B. Howell, Judy Labuszewski, Don Loegering, Michelle Morine, Japheth A Storlie, and Roger Williamson.  Opening October 5th 7-10:30pm.   The Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) is a non-profit community art center located in the heart of Stevens Square, the most densely populated neighborhood in Minneapolis. SSCA provides affordable artist work studios; hosts regular art exhibits; and is run by volunteer artists. SSCA was formed in 2003, turning a vacant commercial space into a community asset. The Annual Members’ Show runs through Sunday, October 27th. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm.

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Natural Magic: Artworks by Hannah Albert and Rachel Rolseth

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Beneath the veneer of the visible world and between the cracks of our consciousness flows a current of energy that pulses and vibrates through all of creation.  It animates the living world and binds us together like glue.  In our cluttered and technology-driven lives it can be easy to forget that we are as much a part of nature as the wind patterns and soil.  In reality, our lives are tied up with the cosmos in ways that are both subtle and profound.  These new works by Hannah Albert and Rachel Rolseth examine the mysterious forces of nature that shape us, and what it means to be human in the larger context of the natural world. Hannah Albert begins her pieces by pouring paint and water onto her canvases and letting them choose their own path.  From there she transforms them into large and dreamy landscapes that bring to mind the depths of the ocean and vastness of outer space.  Inspired by her coastal upbringing and ongoing enchantment with Taoist philosophy, her pieces have a fluid, meditative quality. For Rachel Rolseth, painting is rooted as much in the experience and observation of natural phenomena as it is in her studio practice.  The changing of seasons and cycle of life, decay and regeneration lend a sense of movement and drama to her portraits. Join us for our opening event and meet the artists on Saturday, September 7th from 7-10:30pm.  Event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments and bar.  Natural Magic runs through September 29th in the Gallery at The Stevens Square Center for the Arts.
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Chimera Opening Video

Exhibit runs until Sunday August 25th 2013

Gallery Hours Saturday and Sunday 1pm until 5pm

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CHIMERA Paintings by Roger Williamson

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Stevens Square Center for the Arts is pleased to present Chimera, a solo exhibition of work by Roger Williamson set to live music my Comets Ov Cupid.  Please join us on Saturday August 3rd, from 7-10pm, for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist. In the exhibition, Williamson presents a series of artworks that trace a specific understanding the artist has of Chimera.  Williamson refers to Chimera as a quality of the mythological sphinx, that is mystery rather than Chimera’s usually accepted quality as an illusionary entity or fabrication of the mind; especially as an unrealizable dream. Mystery is energy, a fitting title of the sphinx and while she retains her mystery she retains her power.  Only when she gives up her secrets does she lose her power and die. It is this theme of mystery which permeates the works on display and the viewer is led through a labyrinth of images that challenge one to quest through the door that leads to our inner selves where the answers to all our questions reside. (Roger Williamson is a Minneapolis-based artist who has exhibited his paintings in local galleries.  He is the author of several books and creator of Tarot of the Morning Star tarot deck – some images included in the exhibit. (Comets Ov Cupid is a space rock project:  cosmic music evoking a sense of eternal twilight with a sonic landscape of distorted voices, cosmic pulse and hazy drones. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments and bar.  (Gallery exhibit runs through August 25th)
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Pledge Empire Records Stevens Square Center for the Arts Pres: Hip Hop X Art Gallery


This is an amazing event for all the lovers of great art and great hip hop. Don’t miss this event. We will have works from artists Kayleigh Fichten & Russell Stephens in “Voyage: An Expedition Into Materiality”.  We will also have music from one of Minnesota’s top record labels Pledge Empire Records. Artist Stan Sti-Lo Reel Scott and Ced Linus will hit the stage and provide you with great music through the night. We will also have DJ Wader Grizzley Bear on the wheels. We will have free refreshments and a bar… available during the event. This is an all ages event:  $8 for advance tickets and $10 at the door.
Where: Stevens Square Center for the Arts When: July 20th Time: 7:30pm Age: All Ages Cover: $8 tickets, $10 door
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Voyage: An Expedition Into Materiality

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New Work by Kayleigh Fichten and Russell Stephens. The result of experimenting with and re-purposing material; the physical act of uniting 2D, 3D and digital works; the ultimate choice to partake in a lifelong journey of exploring and making. (Kayleigh Fichten)   In SONG PICTURES, I follow the renderings of the Midé (Grand Medicine)–the native religion of the Chippewa, who originates the SONG PICTURES. These are ideographs recorded on birch bark, representing … individual songs & extended series of songs that can be read out from them. Translated by Frances Densmore (circa 1907) & later adapted by Jerome Rothenberg. I see SPs as part of the continuum of the poetic genre, such as sonnets or haikus. I interpret the structure of image-juxtaposed-with-text to be composed as a prayer or a compact thought (meditation). (Russell Stephens) Opening reception Saturday, July 13th 6-9pm.  Refreshments, Bar.  Free and open to the public.  Voyage runs in the SSCA Gallery through July 28th 5:00pm.
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Event created by Minneapolis Artists: Please join us April 27th for the upcoming exhibition featuring the work of Minneapolis artists Hilary Greenstein, Jacob Schroeder, Kassandra Huynh, Hanan Rddad, Ashley Seiwert and Jeff Tuura The ouroboros is an ancient symbol rich with meaning that is now responsible for bringing together 6 different artists to create work for this new exhibition. … (ôr-rŏb’-ôr-rŭs) is an exploration of the concept of self-reflexive creation within our own artistic practices. This idea will be presented through the combination of individual and collaborative pieces including paintings, installations, sculpture, fashion and furniture. All together, this body of work will emphasize the eternal return of self-reflexivity. The exhibition will be up April 27th-May 12th. Gallery hours are  Saturday-Sunday 1-5 p.m.


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Art Gallery Opening featuring artists Brittni Krieger, Laura Kinser, John Rachwal, Kalie Eckerson, and George Schulze:   We are focused on shaping environments and the transferring of energy, a kinetic potential that is self-evident within our surroundings. Through the repercussions of destabilization, this inevitable change is not always certain and modification is usually inconsistent. We see growth as a transitional progression from one stage to the next. This idea manifests itself within sculptural installations that utilize repurposed materials in order to revive a place that is no longer physical; paintings that reference the preservation of energy through cityscapes; nature taking back the energy it once had; and the notion of transferring one’s self through process. The history of these pieces are not forgotton, but it is rather a progression of history, either seen or unseen. Opening reception, Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:00-10:30pm.  Refreshments and bar.   Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00pm through April 21st. Free and open to the public.
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Half Wild

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Opening Reception for Gallery Show Half Wild:  Friday, March 8, 2013; 7:00-10:30pm.  Featured Artists:  Miranda Brandon, Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Calder Kamen, Molly Balcom Raleigh, and Areca Roe.  Curated by Areca Roe, 2012 recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  Refreshments and bar.  Event is free and open to the Public.  Half Wild runs in the SSCA Gallery through March 31st.


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The Bedtime Story Show

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The Bedtime Story Show

We enjoyed looking at the 3-D artworks of Anthony R. Whelihan through special glasses.

We enjoyed looking at the 3-D artworks of Anthony R. Whelihan through special glasses.

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Coming in January: The Bedtime Story Show – opens January 5, 2013

Showcases the work of over 20 talented artists.  This is the good stuff.  Pajama party opening (p-jays optional, but we’ll be wearing ours).  Opening on January 5, 2013 from 7:00 – 10:30pm.  Refreshments.  Free and open to the public.  The Bedtime Story Show will run through January.  Gallery open on weekends.  ‎3-D at The Bedtime Story Show. Anthony R. Whelihan will be featured with a 3-D wall (glasses available for viewing artworks in 3-D). ( Celebrity Portrait Artist, Anthony R. Whelihan, has made his mark on the contemporary art scene with his multi faceted portraits of celebrities from around the world. Whelihan has been commissioned by The NFL,Disney,The US Open,The Nobel Conference,Nascar,PACER,The Judy Garland Museum,The Bruce Lee Foundation,and many celebrities in sport,film,music, and theatre…) Whelihan can also be seen locally: his mural graces the front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Sincere Thank You to Artist Whelihan for the image on our postcard.

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The Bedtime Story Show is juried and curated by Trish M. Brock

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The Gingerbread Holiday Social

You are invited to The Gingerbread Holiday Social. December 15 from 1:00 – 5:00pm. Holiday open house at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts. Refreshments served. Come and make gingerbread houses with us. Event is free and open to the public.

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The Studio Tenants’ Show

Opening November 3rd, 7:00 – 10:30pm in the SSCA Gallery:  The Studio Tenants’ Show.  Trish M. Brock, Terrance Davis, Faye B. Howell, cynTHIA, and Don Loegering showcase artworks of various mediums including stained glass, furniture, photography and painting.  Free and open to the public.  Show runs in the Gallery through November 24th with doors open Saturday and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00pm.

The Studio Tenants’ Show

The Studio Tenants’ Show is juried and curated by Trish M. Brock

Affordable artist studios for rent

Affordable artist studios for rent.

Affordable artist studios for rent.

Stevens Square Center for the Arts has artist studios available for rent.  Very nice studios – affordable at around $1 per square foot.  Studios range from 70 – 320 square feet.  Bonus Special:  free annual membership with studio rental.  612 879-0200

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Members Gallery

We are rehanging our members gallery.  All SSCA members are welcome to submit their artworks for display.  Thanks!  We look forward to seeing your art.

Coming opportunites

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SSCA presents “Printapolis” a group show curated by Edie Overturf

The latest show in SSCA’s main gallery, PRINTAPOLIS, a printmaking show curated by Edie Overturf , proves that printmaking thrives in the Midwest, and Minneapolis is no exception. Between the multiple printmaking programs throughout universities in the Twin Cities, independent print shops, and non profit organizations that support printmakers, those of the printing persuasion are in good company.

   This featured group of printmakers are of varying background and experience.  The artists featured in this exhibition include Joshua Norton, Joe Moore, Lauren Schuppe, Gilpin Matthews, Josh Winkler, Mike Elko,  Elliot Manthey, Robyn Louise Carley, Tzvi Izaksonas, Edie Overturf and Mike Johnson. Their works display a variety of techniques and disciplines. The underlying commonality among these artists is that they are all active, energetic and passionate about printmaking.

‘Printapolis’ will be on display at Steven Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave S. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 5th from 7pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will then continue during gallery hours of 1-5 PM Saturday and Sundays through December 4th


This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature


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SSCA main gallery wants to take you to “Funky Town”

The SSCA main gallery is eager to announce their latest exhibition showcasing the large-scale, mixed media works of local artist Alfonso Fernandez with special guest Hilary Hubanks. Funky Town is a playfully desolate tour of Minneapolis as Fernandez’s expressive compositions meet Hubanks’ surrealistic tendencies culminating in an overall collaborative piece of our urban environment.

In this latest series from Fernandez, the viewer is able to capture the artist’s light-hearted approach to life in a city not his own. As a continuation of his praised painting from a recent inter-school competition in New York, Fernandez utilizes a multitude of media combined with found materials for the completion of his wall-sized landscapes. Natural pigments, made over the course of a week from ground flowers, along with the intricately manipulated washes illuminate the canvas. Splashes of ink and stenciled spray paint form a stark contrast to the beautifully bright coloration. The cooperation of brilliant tones with bitingly deep hues of black and blues convey hopeful aspirations to belong with a notion of detachment and deep-seated uncertainty about the future. The additions of Spanish-inspired elements to the alluringly dangerous Minneapolis playgrounds invite the viewer into a city Fernandez calls home.

Hilary Hubanks’ focus for Funky Town revolved around creating pieces that represented the vibration and movement of different Twin Cities locations and the people they interact with. In a similar manner to her previous work, these new pieces embody the slight darkness and bitterness that she has associated with specific locations based on the different memories and atmospheres surrounding them. Beyond just the beautiful architecture and solid brick walls, the locations within the cities themselves, represent Hillary herself being drawn from personal experiences. Each canvas portrays a chimerically distorted memory to the viewer. Bold colors, dramatic lines, and figurative references melting into buildings assist her in making these memories seem real.

“Funky Town” opens Saturday, October 1st accompanied by live musical performances from Lucy Michelle (of Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles), the Hummingbirds and Ben Glaros. Doors open to the public for this free event at 7pm with festivities and refreshments running until 11pm.
The show will then continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5PM Oct 2nd-Oct 30th

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature

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gallery opening this weekend for Lost/Found

SSCA main gallery is proud to be presenting the upcoming two person show Lost/Found which includes the mixed media work of Rachel Rolseth and the photography of Japheth Storlie Opening will be held on Saturday August 27th from 7-11 pm with live acoustic music will be provided by Wes Morden, Peter Fleming and Larry Sahagian. Light fare and refreshment will be provided. Free and open to the public
This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature

With his series “Recollections of a Paradise Lost,” Japheth Storlie explores nostalgia and longing for a life left behind. Through his lens, we see dreams of a former life that have been as weathered and broken down as the subjects of his work. Through the employment of universal symbols of childhood nostalgia such as tricycles, tire swings, toys, etc., these photographs are intended to implore the viewer to make connections with their own pasts. These narratives are meant to captivate and enchant and at the same time, disturb and haunt. Ultimately, the objective is for the audience to reconsider and re-experience the joys, fears, losses and traumas associated with childhood experience and memory.

Rachel Rolseth’s newest series of work searches for the corners of the soul that have not yet been found. Crows, veils and darkness and are an allegory for existential crisis and spiritual darkness that give way to dawn. As a mixed media artist, she combines various materials including acrylic paint, paper, and charcoal to weave a narrative of her own experience with the dark night of the soul. At times both bold and delicate, her work is a meditation on opposites: light and dark, peace and anguish, lost and found. The paintings are a guided journey which encounters and explores fear, transformation, and ultimately self-discovery.

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Opening reception for “Enlightenment” exhibition this weekend

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We are please to announce our latest show opening.
Enlightenment, a diverse exhibition exploring spirituality through symbolism, allegories and journeys. Curated by Faye Buffington-Howell, this group exhibition features work from both established and emerging artists working in both a traditional and contemporary approach.
Established local artist, Amy Rice’s nostalgic and wistful imagery is both reflective and biographical, Her work explores acts of compassion with a playfulness through experimental materials. Amy’s work offers the viewer a tangible experience of enlightenment through colorful images and visceral materials that are deeply layered literally and figuratively.
Faye Buffington-Howell explores the theme of love, beauty and truth. Through images of birds, nature and icons, using vibrant color and flowing brushstrokes, Faye’s allegorical paintings focus on man’s journey to enlightenment. Her Art work poetically conveys a sense of beauty and the human spirit.
ENLIGHTENMENT presents an inspirational and contemplative experience that invites the viewer to take a closer look at the meaning of spirituality in the inner and outer world.
Works include those by:
Amy Rice
Jim Larson
Faye Buffington-Howell
Kurt Hippauf
JobyLynn Sassily-James
Francisco Bernard
Don Loegering

This exhibit runs from July 24th-August 21st hours are 1-5PM Fri-Sun with an opening reception on July 23rd from 7-11pm
Refreshments and live music provided by Karima Bushnell
Free and open to the public
This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature

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