Writing / Materials: a writing workshop for visual artists

Hello Arts Partners!NCC-Writers-workshop

Please find attached the NCC Writing Workshop Flyer  for a re-vamped writing workshop for visual artists, led by Mary Barringer. You might recall that we offered this earlier in the Fall, but it did not get off the ground. We went back to the drawing board to make a more clear description and schedule, as well as find a lower cost which now includes a payment plan. The workshop takes place over 5 months, including in-person meetings, individual Skype and phone consultations, and small group work.
We are also offering a free “Prologue” workshop to introduce people to the idea of this workshop. People can sign up for the free 2-hour session online. The date is Saturday, December 5, 1 – 3 pm at Northern Clay Center.
In the spirit of increasing arts writing in the area—from journalism and criticism to grant narrative and creative writing—please forward this to your network and specifically encourage one or two budding writers in your group if possible.
Thanks so much for your help!


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Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest Call for Entry

Midwest Fiber Arts Trails

Good afternoon,

Hello, I’m Jennifer Wilder, Founder of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and Publisher of the Fiber Art Almanac. I’m sending out a call for entry to fiber and textile artists in the Midwest for an online exhibition and printed catalog my company is producing in August, 2016. Information is below and a PDF and JPEG image are attached.

Here’s a quick snapshot about me (as I’m emailing some of you out of the blue). The name of my company is Wildwood Press. The mission of Wildwood Press is to honor the Midwest’s textile heritage and celebrate and promote contemporary fiber artists. I published the first printed Fiber Art Almanac in 2010 and did a total of five printed to date, featuring 125 Midwest fiber artists in all. In the last 18 months, I’ve focused on developing Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and currently have two groups where I worked locally to create awareness of the fiber art and artists in their area with the goal of making the Trail a fiber arts destination. For more information, please click this link: http://www.midwestfiberartstrails.org/

Thank you in advance for helping me share this info with fiber and textile artists and enthusiasts! I am grateful for your time and consideration. Call for entry details are below.

Fiber Art Almanac: An online textile exhibition

Essays from the American Midwest: The Quilt Maker’s Story


Call for entries opens December 1, 2015 with deadline for submissions March 15, 2016.

Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest is an online exhibition featuring fiber art and artist stories portraying the rich textile heritage and contemporary fiber art in the Midwestern states. Semi-annually, new works will be exhibited online with a corresponding collectible print catalog which includes essays about the artist and their work, documentation of the pieces in the exhibit and artist biographies.

Semi-annual presentation dates are August and April of a given year with the first in the series beginning August, 2016. Each exhibit will be presented online for a year and the collectible print catalogs can be ordered anytime. The online exhibit is a gallery; giving viewers a vivid, colorful view of Midwestern textiles and fiber. The print catalog is filled with vibrant images, artist biographies and essays about the people and our Midwestern textile landscape.

A new online exhibition will be presented to Fiber Art Almanac and Midwest Fiber Arts Trails newsletter subscribers along with a collectible print catalog and ePublication which are available for purchase. This offering to viewers is subscription-based with a free subscription to the online exhibit and a paid subscription for the collectible print catalog and epublication.


Essays from the American Midwest: A Quilt Maker’s Story

The August, 2016 Fiber Art Almanac is a curated online exhibition of quilts from our great grandmother’s heritage quilts forward to contemporary quilt makers whose focus is on self expression with textiles.

Whether the quilt’s aesthetic is traditional, contemporary, modern, embellished, machine or hand stitched, whole cloth or pieced; there is a story. The quilt maker’s story.

Selected entries will be exhibited online for one year and showcased in the collectible print and epub exhibit catalog. Accepted entrants will have a bio with full contact information on the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails website. Their events (if desired) will be posted to the Midwest Happenings! events listings and entrants are eligible for newsletter and social media marketing of their work and events.


You may submit two entries. The non-refundable jury fee is $20 for both entries. All entries must include 3-5 high resolution, high quality large-sized JPG formatted images, application form, artist statement, quilt maker story with detailed information about each piece and jury fee. (See below for image and video details.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Tangletown Art Crawl: Dec. 5th

Artful Holiday Gifts at Fourth annual Tangletown Art Crawl

Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 5pm, is the perfect time to shop for artful, unique holiday gifts. The Fourth Annual Tangletown Art Crawl will feature over 30 artisans at seven venues in an easy three block walk from Wet Paint on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue.
Artistic mediums represented include jewelry, paintings, fiber art, woodworking, photography, illustration, mosaics, glasswork, ceramics, prints and much more.
Artistic gifts include: silk scarves, fiber arts, origami creations, stained glass, hand-made jewelry, fused glass plates, wood bowls, fobs, and a surprising variety of two and three dimensional original art pieces.
Start at Wet Paint and pick up a map then enjoy an easy walk to our seven 2015 art venues; Grand Avenue businesses Mims Photography (1746 Grand ) and Dog Days (1752 Grand), along with five residential venues (Kim and Dan Craig at 1699 Lincoln, Christina Simon at 1730 Lincoln, Tenley Johnson at 110 Amherst, Linda Snouffer at 127 Amherst, and Mary Edwards at 131 Amherst).
Artists will be on hand to talk about their work and your credit cards will be cheerfully accepted.
More info at: TangletownArtCrawl.org
Event Coordinator:  Linda Snouffer

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Springboard for the Arts: Health Insurance help

Springboard-logoOpen enrollment for health insurance is here.
If you’re uninsured, now’s the time to sign up for health insurance for 2016. And, if you currently have private health insurance, now’s the time to renew or change your health insurance plan for 2016.

Click here (http://springboardforthearts.org/health/guides-to-healthcare/health-insurance-mn/) for more info and instructions.

The key date is December 15! You must enroll in a health insurance plan by December 15, 2015 for the plan to start on January 1, 2016. If you want to switch your current health insurance plan, do it by December 15; if you don’t, your current plan might be automatically renewed for 2016 (check with your insurance provider).

Remember: There’s a legal requirement to have health insurance; the fee for not being insured next year is $695 per person or 2.5% of your family income — whichever is greater. 

And let us know how we can help! Contact Springboard’s health insurance navigators through the Springboard site.

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Women’s Art Festival 2015: Dec. 12th






Come see lots of WARM artists and many more on December 12th!

The 23rd Annual Women’s Art Festival will take place Saturday, December 12th, 2015, at the Colin Powell Center (2924 4th Ave S, Minneapolis). Open to the public from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, admission is free and all are welcome. There is free, covered, parking available in the Wells Fargo Ramp nearby.

The Women’s Art Festival includes over 130 local vendors selling their art work including jewelry, photography, ceramics, textiles, painting, and more, as well as live music all day. Food and beverages will be available, provided by Sisters’ Sludge Coffee Cafe and the Kabomelette Food truck. New this year is a special youth artist section featuring girls ages 10 – 18 selling their handmade work.

Please come and support your local artists, have a fun time and enjoy the festivities. For more information: www.Womensartfestival.com or Naomi at 612-250-5097.

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Minnesota Women’s Press Call for Submissions: Art with Purpose!

Dear Friend of MWP,

Each month in the Minnesota Women’s Press we ask our readers to send their thoughts to us about the theme of the issue. In January our theme is: “art with purpose” — inspired by the upcoming Guerrilla Girls Takeover of the Twin Cities — and we’re asking our readers: How do you make your personal activist artist statement?

Send a paragraph or two (around 150 words) by Dec. 7 to editor@womenspress.com. “YourThoughts” submissions are intentionally short, capturing a nugget of “self discovery,” rather than advertorial or academic. Depending on space availability, some “thoughts” are published in our pages, some are published on our website, all entries are considered. MWP does not pay for “YourThoughts” submissions and reserves the right to edit for length and clarity.

We hope to hear from you! Please pass this message along to your wise women artist friends.

Kind regards,
Norma Smith Olson
Minnesota Women’s Press, Inc.
Changing the Universe through Women’s Stories
970 Raymond Ave., Suite 201
St. Paul, MN 55114

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East Side Arts Council: Gallery Opening Dec. 8

Nancy Ariza & Lara HansonTuesday, December 8th from 6-7:30pm
at the East Side Arts council Gallery

Please join us for an evening of art, refreshments, and conversation as we celebrate the opening of the newest gallery exhibition featuring the artwork of Nancy Ariza and Lara Hanson.

About the Artists:

Nancy Ariza explores traditional and nontraditional woodcut and relief printing through collage and three-dimensional applications. Her illustrative, fanciful prints are inspired by nature, folklore, taxidermy, and unique forms of transportation. Nancy Ariza holds a BFA in Printmaking and BA in Art History from Minnesota State University Mankato and has exhibited work at Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s Threshold Gallery, Carnegie Art Center, and the 410 Project. She is a member of Highpoint’s Artist Cooperative and the Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market.

Lara Hanson is an interdisciplinary artist who combines drawing, animation, and movement to explore the mantra Life=Movement/Movement=Life. She collaborates with dancers and choreographers in her artistic practice with the objective to discover where dance and drawing meet and to create a new discipline that blurs that distinction. Lara Hanson holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and has exhibited and performed at Plymouth Congregational Church Fine Arts Gallery, Walker Art Center Open Field, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, and American Dance Festival.

New handcrafted jewelry in stock just for the holidays!

Shop local this holiday season at the East Side Arts Council Gallery. We have art, jewelry, crafts, and pottery suitable for every budget. Visit us at 977 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, just one block north of Case.

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NEMAA Fund Raiser: Flourish Art & Gifts


Flourish Art & Gifts – NEMAA online & in-store fundraiser

Flourish Art & Gifts has selected NEMAA as the benefiting organization November 17-22. 20% of gross sales will be donated to NEMAA during this time!

Most of the businesses Flourish Art & Gifts buy from are women owned and operated. Many are social businesses where their objectives are to not just employ but educate, train, and alleviate poverty and abuse among women and their communities. Flourish Art & Gifts owner Laura Bergren is also a longtime  NEMAA member!

So in addition to supporting the above businesses, purchases during these dates will also support NEMAA!

Online shopping event: November 17 – 22, 2015: www.flourishartandgifts.com

In-store shopping event: Saturday, November 21 from 11 – 4 PM. Location: Flourish Art & Gifts –640 Windemere Curve, Plymouth, MN (Just 1 mile north of Ridgedale)

Come to the store to shop with us! In addition to a great selection of jewelry and gifts, Nicky Torkzadeh from Casket Arts Building will have her lovely artwork for sale at the in-store shopping event. Coffee, mimosas, and treats will also be available!

Can’t make it? We would love for you to shop online or share this event!

Facebook event page

Please keep this shopping event in mind for wonderful, unique holiday gifts with a purpose.

Thank you for your support!

Alejandra Pelinka, NEMAA Executive Director

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Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibit


Instinct Art Gallery Presents

Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibit

 Opening Saturday November 21, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and runs through January 16, 2016.

Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Gallery hours, Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 to 5:00pm.

Featuring the art of Juliane Shibata, Chase Boston, Tina Blondell, Inna Valin, Christopher E. Harrison, Nooshin Hakim, Peter B. Nelson, David Aschenbrener, and Catherine L. Johnson.

Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibition. 

The word empathy comes from the Greek, Em (in) and Pathos (feeling).  To feel in union with someone.  It is not an acknowledgement, it is participation.

The title, Humanly Possible cuts both ways. Empathy is possible because we are human, but because we are human we can choose not to exercise it.  It is this human potential that we hope to encourage by showing artwork that inspires us to use our empathic abilities. Art has a way of opening the ‘doors of perception’ into the lives of its subjects and thereby adds to our lived experiences.  Internalizing art simply makes us more human.

A quick internet search brings up a number of studies that indicate that Empathy is on the decline in various populations (for example, US college students, US healthcare workers, and Australians), and perhaps across the human race.  Whether or not this decline is pandemic, we intuitively know that understanding, compassion, and empathy must be part of the antidote for things like our current state of polarized politics, spousal murder rates, cultural conflicts, stereotyping, etc.

Special Events:

November 21, 6:00 to 8:00pm: Opening Reception

December 5, 3:00 to 6:00pm: Lullaby Songs for Syrian Refugees.  Nooshin Hakim, Pedram Baldari and Andreea-Sorina Koch will be recording anyone that wants to sing a song of comfort, compiling these songs and sending them to groups of Syrian Refugees.  Singers wanted, audiences welcome!

January 7, 6:00 to 8:00pm: Event for Wilderness Inquiry, an organization that helps people connect to and explore the natural world, including people with ability or financial barriers. This event will feature Catherine L. Johnson’s pine tree series with a % of sales donated to Wilderness Inquiry.


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Bemidji Sculpture Walk call for Artists


2016 Call to Artists is Open

Hello from the BSW Board! We hope this email finds you healthy, productive, and inspired! You have received this email because of your affiliation with the MN State Arts Board, to let you know about our growing public arts program in Bemidji, Minnesota.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk, Northern Minnesota’s premiere public art venue, will select 20 new works from regional and national artists who submit their entries prior to February 1, 2016. New work proposals and group projects are also considered each year.

Be a part of this, our 18th Annual Sculpture Walk, an artistic tradition for almost 2 decades. Submissions are juried in based on their conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. Selected works will be installed and displayed for 12 months in highly visited outdoor locations throughout Downtown Bemidji.

All selected participants receive a cash honorarium and four juried cash prizes are awarded at our annual artist reception, the weekend of our spring installation. Sculptors are frequently discovered by visitors to our downtown and works are purchased each year.

Are you or do you know an artist or an organization that would like to participate? Submit your application online now!

2015-2016 DATES

Submission Deadline for Spring 2016 Sculpture Walk Program
February 1, 2016

Installation Downtown Bemidji  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 13-14, 2016

Reception Downtown Bemidji 5:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016


$1000 People’s Choice Award decided by public online poll

$500 Critic’s Choice First Place Award chosen by select jury

$250 Critic’s Choice Runner-Up Award chosen by select jury

$300 Honorarium awarded to all 20 jury-selected artist participants each year

$500 Honorarium awarded to participants with 2 or more works accepted in the same program year

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