Friday, June 30, 2017

To Really See: Exhibiting Artists Announcement

“This is the first painting of a five part series that is progress. It represents the depression I had felt early in recovery from a mental illness breakdown…medication for me has made a huge difference in my day to day living.” -Kandace Krause, Me Before Me, Acrylic on Canvas

Spectrum ArtWorks is proud to announce exhibiting artists for our upcoming traveling exhibition To Really See.

To Really See
Exploring the medication taking experience through art

There are many methods for expressing and exploring health related events through art. The results often create compelling and people-centered objects or experiences. Attempts have been made using media, such as puppetry, theatre, songs or games. Photography and other visual art are also used to make subjects on health meaningful and healing for the person and interesting and educational for the public and the professionals who serve the public. Through a community-focused art project and traveling exhibit, To Really See, captures these approaches and focuses on the display of creative medication use stories that users, artists, and participants wanted to express and share.

To Really See initially presents with the Hennepin County Library’s Minneapolis Central location (August-September 2017), then at St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth (October 2017-April 2018) and then with the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (December-April 2018). Full exhibit details here.

RSVP to the Minneapolis opening reception on August 10th here.

 Exhibition partners: RESOURCE, University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Library, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Genoa. This exhibition is partially funded through the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Fund.

Exhibiting Artists:

Teresa Audet (Minneapolis)
Douglas Blue (Minneapolis)
Jennifer N. Campbell (St. Paul)
John Casey (Bloomington)
Kate Clark (Minneapolis)
Sam Larom (Minneapolis)
Gary Melquist (Minneapolis)
Holly Rapport (River Falls)
Anne South (Minneapolis)
Heather Spielman (Minneapolis)
KaTa (Minneapolis)
Jessica Ward (Lino Lakes)
Roger Williamson (Minneapolis)

Spectrum ArtWorks Collective Artists:

Ashley Adams
Cecile Bellamy
Martha Bird
Andrew Braunberger
Christi Furnas
Peter F. Hinze
Kandace Krause
Matt LaCombe
Michaela Rachor
James E. Sjolin
Shining Starr
Wallace White


Spectrum ArtWorks Photovoice Participants

“The pill balances on the tip of the tongue but does not enter, illustrating that while the physical act of taking medication is easy, it is often psychologically challenging.”
- Sam Larom, Pill, Oil on Canvas

“The Placement of medication alongside breakfast objects illustrates how common place medication is in our everyday lives.”
- Tobias, Breakfast Objects, Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Solo Exhibition from Collective Member Andrew Braunberger

Your invited! Please meet Andrew Braunberger on Friday, August 4 at 3pm. Spectrum ArtWorks will be celebrating his show Winging it like a Cuisinart: Learning to Swim through Accidental Sense-Making with a public reception for his private solo exhibition at the Lighthouse Community Support Program.

Private Exhibition Dates:
July 10-August 4

Public Reception:
Friday, August 4 / 3pm
Lighthouse Community Support Program
1825 Chicago Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please RSVP by emailing Jes Reyes at

More info:
Spectrum ArtWorks presents a solo exhibition from artist Andrew Braunberger. "Winging it like a Cuisinart: Learning to Swim Through Accidental Sense-Making" is a show that exhibits new art from Braunberger. Artwork featured highlights his particular art practice, which is often based in rearrangement and assemblage.

This show is a private exhibition located at the Lighthouse, a community support program of RESOURCE. We are offering a public reception on Friday, August 4 at 3pm. Please attend to meet Andrew, view his new work, and get to know more about his art practice. Art will be available for purchase.

Andrew Braunberger is a collective member supported by Spectrum ArtWorks.
See more of Andrew's art here
More info on the collective supported by Spectrum ArtWorks here.

Andrew Braunberger, "Seeing Circuit," Mixed Media on Paper

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Collective Member Ruth Lais Receives 2017 VSA MN Emerging Artist Grant

A congratulations goes out to Ruth Lais for receiving the 2017 VSA MN Emerging Artist Grant! Ruth is the 4th Collective Member to receive this wonderful recognition! Previous grant recipients are Tobias, Peter F. Hinze and Christi Furnas.

From VSA MN's News Page:
Six Minnesota artists have been awarded 2017 Emerging Artist Grants of $2,000 each by VSA Minnesota. The 21st annual awards, funded by the Jerome Foundation, recognize excellence by emerging Minnesota artists with disabilities and encourage them to create new work. Selected from 55 applicants, grantees are:

Ayesha Adu, Minneapolis — screenplay writing
Sarah Drake, Sauk Rapids — painting & mixed media
Ruth Lais, Minneapolis — mixed media
Luke Lyons, Minneapolis — ceramics
Carrie Salberg, White Bear Lake — creative non-fiction writing
Joey Schad, St. Paul — music performance

The grants were awarded following a jurying process conducted by individuals with backgrounds in the written, visual and performing arts. Panelists looked at samples of the artists’ work, resumes and artist statements. Artists scoring highest in artistic quality and received awards. All grantees are first-time Jerome grant recipients.
Ruth Lais
from Trees and Stars series (2017)
Mixed Media

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Beauty of it All - 2nd Year Partnership

Spectrum ArtWorks is proud to announce that The Beauty of it All - Year Two, a collaboration with The Family Partnership, is on display with all new art! This is an ongoing exhibition that is exhibiting in the lobby and clinic hallways.

Art by Shining Starr

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Collective Member Martha Bird has been front and center over the last couple of months because she is a strong mental health advocate. A professional artist, Martha, has been leading the collective with their latest show at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, RESOURCE featured her story this month in a new blog post. Read here.

Martha joined RESOURCE’s Spectrum ArtWorks program’s Artist Collective in August of 2016. She’s an artist living with a mental illness, but prefers to be known for what she does and who she is, not her diagnosis. “I’m an artist. Period.”

Martha with a recent sculptural basket of hers

Friday, April 28, 2017

Water's Edge Reception Tomrorow + Martha Bird Video Feature


Water's Edge Reception
Saturday, April 29
1-3:30 PM

Special presentation at 1:30 PM

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

Journey through the Water's Edge with artists from Spectrum ArtWorks...

Watch this video feature on artist and curator Martha Bird!

Join us at our reception tomorrow from 1-3:30 PM at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!

Wander through the Café Gallery, viewing the wide variety of art on display. Then follow the signs to the Tea Room for special presentation at 1:30 PM. An interdisciplinary performance from Andrew Turpening and artists from Spectrum ArtWorks will expand upon the exhibtiion's theme! You won't want to miss it! Light catered snacks will be available.

April 29
1-3:30 PM
Tea Room
Program at 1:30 pm facilitated by Spectrum ArtWorks

More on the exhibition:

Through a variety of mediums and personal connections each artist guides you into this liminal space. Inspired by the Minnesota landscape, nicknamed The Land of 10,000 Lakes, the art evokes a unique yet collective experience of a sense of place that reflects on water, our precious resource. 

Gallery Café
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

Exhibiting Artists:
Ashley Adams
Cecile Bellamy
Martha Bird
Andrew Braunberger
Faye Buffington-Howell
Peter F. Hinze
Kandace Krause
Samuel L.
Matt LaCombe
Ruth Lais
Michaela Rachor
James E. Sjolin
Julia C. Spencer
Shining Starr
Wallace R. White

Facebook Event Page here!

Since 2004 Spectrum ArtWorks, a program of RESOURCE, has been working to support professional artists living with mental illness. Located at the Lighthouse, a Community Support Program in Minneapolis, the program meets its mission through a community-focused and recovery-based approach. Its multifaceted art studio and programming assists artists at reaching and maintaining their artist-related goals such as making new art, connecting with other artists, and accessing exhibition and grant opportunities. The artists presented in Water's Edge are a collective of artists supported by Spectrum ArtWorks.
Send questions and inquiries to Jes Reyes at or (612) 752-8282.

For more info on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, hours, and admission fee, please read