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WARM @ the Tilsner

Monday, May 12th, 2014

WARM’s Newest Members Pop-up at the Saint Paul Art Crawl!

Anne Kramer

Anne Kramer

The spring weekend of April 25 – 27 was filled with sunshine, rain, and spectacular WARM art at the Tilsner Co-op Artists Lofts in Lowertown Saint Paul.

The eleven new WARM member artists included: Aneesa Erinn Adams, Sui Conrad, Anne Kramer, Vanessa Merry, Terra Rathai, Amy Sands, Ann Sisel, Linda Snouffer, Mary Steinson, Linda Webster and Peggy Wright. They showed over 25 pieces of photography, fiber arts, and paintings in the soaring 6th floor atrium.
Aneesa Erinn Adams enjoyed talking with Art Crawl attendees about  WARM and women artists said, “I really enjoyed it!”
Fiber artist Peggy Wright said, “I am so grateful to WARM for putting together this pop-up show and for inviting me personally to participate. I felt so welcomed to WARM and am glad to be involved.”
“It was fun and easy to be part of the show, and great to meet other WARM members, I’m looking forward to the next pop-up!”, said abstract painter Anne Kramer.

Photographer Sui Conrad only shows her work twice a year in the Twin Cities, and loved showing with other new members at WARM @ the Tilsner adding, “My photos are part of an MFA series and I’m glad to have the chance to show at Art Crawl with WARM!”

One visitor’s comment sums up the great Art Crawl weekend–”I absolutely enjoyed the beautiful, inspiring WARM Art and the event. I had a lovely Friday night across the river in Saint Paul. Thank you!”


WARM will present one or two additional pop-up shows in 2014, inviting different groups of members to participate. Know a venue that would make a great pop-up space? Please email and let me know!

Tara L Tieso
President, WARM Board of Directors


Terra Rathai

Terra Rathai

 Peggy Wright
Peggy Wright
Mary Steinson

Mary Steinson

Sui Conrad

Sui Conrad

Vanessa Merry

Aneesa Erinn Adams

Aneesa Erinn Adams

Ann Sisel

Ann Sisel

Linda Snouffer


Photos by Jeanne Souldern


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Polly Norman:Dances Through Glass

Monday, November 18th, 2013

From the WARM Coffee session: by Debra Ripp
Polly Norman refines her vision by shooting through the kind of glass blocks which have traditionally functioned as a standard of business architecture, the result are called “Pollygraphs”. These “Pollygraphs” are her most recent work and are featured in her 25 year retrospective at the Minneapolis Photo Center. The exhibition is complemented by a dazzling book of photographs titled “Dances Through Glass”. The book is available from Polly at her website:
Polly’s six year study of drawing and painting at Atelier
Studio Program of Fine Art coincided with her photographic studies of classical dancers. Norman used various photographic filters for those dance works. She then discovered the beauty inherent in glass block by accident at a health club in Chicago. This discovery led her to pure abstractions and floral assemblages shot through Pennsylvania glass block. The glass blocks affect forms both to alter and abstract objects in a lyrical mode.
This might suggest an easy transition but this is not the case. There were plenty of challenges both in the darkroom and in the field. Polly attributes some of the success to her vision to her experience with bi-polar disorder. The stigma around bi-polar disorder still exists and Norman is now a mental health advocate through NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness). Part of NAMI’s mission us to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Dances through Glass

Dances through Glass

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Judith Roode: The Initiation of the WARM Mentor Program

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

by Debra Ripp

Judith Roode  holds a B.A. from Grinnell College and an  M.F.A. from the University of Iowa University of Iowa.  She has exhibited her figure drawings in invitational exhibitions at such institutions as: The Women’s Interact Center, New York City; Art Institute of Boston; Cincinnati Art Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and in a Kentucky Arts Commission traveling exhibition. Her work is published in Nathan Goldstein’s 5th edition of The Art of Responsive Drawing (Simon & Schuster, 1999) and A Drawing Handbook (Prentice Hall, 1986). Her work is included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Tweed Museum and the Minnesota Historical Society.

In 1992 she retired as a Professor from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design due to a debilitating illness

The 30 year old WARM Mentor Program which began in 1982 is the brainchild of Judith Roode.
We were honored that Judith spoke to WARM members recently about this issue at the November WARM coffee held at the Gifted and Guided Mentor/Protégé exhibition, which was hung in the Bottling House in northeast Minneapois.   The WARM Mentor Program promotes strong female artists models.  The mission of the program is to insure that women are full participants in the development of visual arts and culture in this community and society.  The WARM Mentor Program has served more than 450 women artists, some of whom have gone on to become strong role models in the professional Art world.  The compelling question for Judith at that time was: Why are there no mentors for women artists in the Art community?  The Art program at the University of Minnesota at that time was still an old boys network and there was no real support for woman artists.   After all there were only two women faculty members hired as professors at that time in the whole of undergraduate and graduate programs.  She didn’t want to be in their position or be like them. The choices then were pretty limited.  Because of the lack of female support students that happened to be women were not taken very seriously by most of the male faculty.  A large part of the lively discussion at the WARM Coffee consisted of comments on how the WARM Mentor/Protégé program was started,  how it is going at present and what the future of the program involves.    Women artists who have participated praise it highly and express that it literally saved their lives in some instances!   There are issues in the lives of women artists that need to be addressed such as finding the place and time for their work, finding funds, support and recognition, let alone justifying and defending their thesis and reasons for making their work a priority in their lives.  Judith stated that it was harder for women at that time than it ever was for men. But that fact made the need for a support network even more necessary.  The WARM Mentorship program has become very well known since its inception and many other programs around the country have utilized it as a model for their own supportive networks for emerging artists.

The future of the Mentor program emerged in the discussion with question about the inclusion of men in the program.  This is obviously a touchy issue since the program has historically been a program for women artists and the organization would like to preserve that identity for the program. However, some of the comments and questions that came up concerned future funding and srtistic support for artists in general.  Securing grant funding in this day and age often involves making the program available for all populations, also it might seem hypocritical if we were judging applications on gender rather than merit: the need for support should not depend on gender but merit of the work.

This is a discussion that will continue for the organization and the Mentor Committee.



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