Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Martha Bird Published in Basket Reeder Magazine

Longtime basketweaver and newest core group member, Martha Bird, has been busy at work making her presence known in the arts community. Her article "From Michigan to Minnesota…and reaching back again" was just published in the Basket Reeder magazine (Winter 2017 edition) put out by the Association of Michigan Basketmakers. This is the country’s oldest and largest basketmaker organization and is where Martha got her start in this medium while living in Michigan in the 1990’s.

We will have several opportunities to see her basketry on exhibit in 2017 as she will have a number of upcoming shows featuring her work. She is also the lead curator for the Water's Edge, an upcoming Spectrum Artworks group exhibition that will be at the University of Minnesota's Landscape Arboretum, which opens in April! More news on that to come!

Congrats to Martha!

Basket by Martha Bird

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christi Furnas to Exhibit in New York City

Spectrum ArtWorks is proud to share that the program's collective alumni and Peer Support Specialist, Christi Furnas, will be exhibiting in New York City at Undercurrent Projects. The show is next month! More info below:

Christi will be exhibiting drawings from her most recent project, "Crazy like a Fox", for which she received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to create. Congrats, Christi!

Opening Reception:
March 9, 2017
Undercurrent Projects
215 E. 5th Street, New York, NY

Friday, January 13, 2017

Announcement: Public Call for Art for "To Really See" Exhibition

Samuel L., Breakfast Objects, Acrylic on canvas.
“The placement of medication alongside breakfast objects illustrates how common place medication is in our everyday lives.” 


An exhibition exploring medicines and the medication-taking experience.

Spectrum ArtWorks is seeking artwork to raise awareness and challenge stigma regarding the medication-taking experience for their upcoming group exhibition To Really See. 

The exhibition will feature artwork selected from artists and residents of Minnesota as well a group of artists supported by Spectrum ArtWorks.

Send your submission to Jes Reyes at

Email Subject Line: To Really See Submission

We encourage submissions in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation and mixed media.

Deadline: May 15, 2017 / Artist notification: June 30, 2017

Submit up to 3 different pieces of artwork related to the theme. Artwork images should be JPG images and labeled with the artist's last name and work's title (lastname_title.jpg). Each image should be under 2MB, 1920 pixels on the longer side, and open to the proper viewing orientation (vertical or horizontal). It is also required to include an artist statement related to the exhibition theme as well as title, medium, and price (if selling) for each piece. You do not need to be artist living with a mental illness to apply for this show.

More on the exhibition


Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central
August 8—September 27, 2017

St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth
Late Fall 2017

Since 2004, Spectrum ArtWorks, a program of
RESOURCE, has been working to support 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 multi-faceted 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.

In addition to this, each year the program organizes a new exhibition that aims to meet its mission to challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. In 2015, the program partnered with the
Minneapolis Institute of Art to bring “In Conversation”, a residency and exhibition that featured 17 artists from the program. Each participant created a new piece of art that was in conversation with an object or artwork in the museum’s collection. This year, Spectrum ArtWorks facilitated “The Big Picture” at the Solar Arts Building, a group exhibition that presented artwork that explored wellness in recovery through art.

Spectrum ArtWorks latest project “To Really See”, an art exhibition opening August 2017, explores medication use stories. This show works to raise awareness and challenge stigma regarding the medication-taking experience. The exhibition will feature artwork selected from Spectrum ArtWorks Core Group, artwork from artists and residents of Minnesota, and artwork created during Photovoice participatory art workshops. This community-focused exhibition is scheduled to open August 2017 at the Minneapolis Central Library
Cargill Hall, with goals to travel to Duluth, Minnesota in the late fall.
Spectrum ArtWorks would like to thank Dr. Paul Ranelli of the University of Minnesota for co-organizing this project.

For more information contact Jes Reyes at (612)752-8282 or

Exhibition Partners:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Michaela Rachor Exhibits with ZagZum at HCMC

Spectrum ArtWorks is excited to announce and share Core Group member Michaela Rachor's solo exhibition with ZagZum at Hennepin County Medical Center's new Psychiatry Family Resource Center. It is a new space formed in collaboration with National Alliance on Mental Illness.

"The art I have on display represent works from my cat series. Cats are independent and affectionate. I am trying to explore the uniqueness and different personalities in each cat," Michaela says of her art on display. She is showing five portraits from her Cat Series and will exhibit for the next month. Please visit and share news about this center as well as Michaela's show. The artwork is not only comforting, but cheerful!

Congrats to Michaela for the opportunity to show at HCMC. Thank you to ZagZum for creating the opportunity and accepting Michaela's artwork for exhibition!

On Exhibit: Michaela Rachor, Purple Cat, Acrylic on Paper (2016)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year from Spectrum ArtWorks - Looking Forward to a Tobacco-Free Environment!

People living with mental illness and chemical addiction face numerous disparities and inequities, many of which have serious consequences for their overall health and wellbeing. The CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, "despite overall declines in smoking, more people with mental illness smoke than people without mental illness. Because many people with mental illness smoke, many of them will get sick and die early from smoking." At RESOURCE, we recognize this issue and that we need to be a part of solutions and supports that promote success and wellness for the people we serve.

RESOURCE is working hard at incorporating best practices so that we can move forward with our goals of creating tobacco-free environments for clients and staff. We also aim to inspire within our communities healthy eating and physical activity, all to encourage that we can all live long, healthy lives.

To contribute to this conversation, Spectrum ArtWorks, a program of RESOURCE, presented The Big Picture in early 2016, a group exhibition from the Core Group, that explored wellness in recovery. Three artists from this show, through art, spoke about the impact tobacco has had on their lives. We are very proud that the American Lung Association sponsored The Big Picture and the Solar Arts Building hosted the exhibition.

One of our next projects in 2016 was to widen this conversation with a poster contest, sponsored by QUITPLAN. For our first I'M WORTH IT poster contest, Spectrum ArtWorks received over twenty submissions from RESOURCE Chemical and Mental Health clients! Every submission offered a unique and compelling perspective on living a tobacco-free life. Cash prizes went to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards and the Creative Vision Award winners received art supplies. Between two pop-up voting sessions, Spectrum ArtWorks recruited over 200 people to vote for their favorite posters! The poster contest not only produced special re-prints of the winning posters, but we also created a unique 2017 calendar featuring over ten poster submissions from the contest. This calendar is free to clients of RESOURCE seeking support and a network to quit smoking.

Our next step in this work is supporting the Lighthouse, where Spectrum ArtWorks is located, as the building goes tobacco-free on January 3rd, 2017.

By eliminating tobacco use at the Lighthouse, we are providing a healthy work environment for our employees, a healthy environment of care for our members and families, and we are contributing to reducing the impact smoking has on those with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

RESOURCE'S work in the area of smoking cessation began more than 5 years ago when, in response to wellness programming being developed, Community Support Program clients began asking us for help to quit smoking. This lead us to a research project with the University of Minnesota where we learned from our clients that they are motivated to quit but lack confidence, support and information. From there we have developed partnerships with the American Lung Association and ClearWay Minnesota. We have seen both clients and staff be successful in living tobacco free. The staff and clients at the Lighthouse are pioneers in our effort to go Tobacco-free at RESOURCE.

We look forward to your support as the Lighthouse makes this leap forward in the new year! Together, we are creating healthier environments and contributing to the overall wellness for our visitors, members, and staff.

If you are thinking about quitting, please access QUITPLAN for resources:

1-888-354-PLAN or www.quitplan.com

You can also access Freedom from Smoking Online: www.ffsonline.org

Below are the top winning posters from the I'M WORTH IT Poster Contest:

Heather Spielman
Sensing Life Again
Mixed Media on Paper
1st Prize, 2nd Place Audience Award
 I'M WORTH IT Poster Contest (2016)

Ruth Lais
I'm Worth It
Mixed Media on Paper
2nd Place, Creative Vision Award
I'M WORTH IT Poster Contest (2016)

Benefits of Non-Smoking
Mixed Media on Paper
3rd Place, 4th Place Audience Award
I'M WORTH IT Poster Contest (2016)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spectrum ArtWorks Winter Market

Come in from the cold for art, conversation, and shopping!

Spectrum ArtWorks Winter Market
Friday, December 9
1-4 PM
Lighthouse Community Support Program
1825 Chicago Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Selling fine art and crafts from the Core Group, an artist collective supported by Spectrum ArtWorks: Ashley Adams, Cecile Bellamy, Martha Bird, Andrew Braunberger, Faye Buffington–Howell, Peter F. Hinze, Kandace Krause, Matt LaCombe, Ruth Lais, Samuel L., Michaela Rachor, James E. Sjolin, Julia C. Spencer, Shining Starr, Wallace R. White

Guests of Spectrum ArtWorks will also be selling too!

Free and open to the public
Cash, check, and credit accepted

Let us know you can make it on Facebook here!

 For questions please contact Jes Reyes at (612) 752-8282 or jreyes@resource-mn.org. Spectrum ArtWorks is a program of RESOURCE.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Core Group Artists Exhibit with Jungle Red Salon and Gallery

Spectrum ArtWorks Core Group artists Julia C. Spencer and Andrew Braunberger will be showing with Jungle Red Salon and Gallery. The opening is tomorrow evening, starting at 7pm. See you there!

More details:

November in the Gallery : :
I.O.U. ARTS – Featuring:: Julia C. Spencer , Andrew Braunberger, and Allan Benson

Inside Outside Upside Down (I.O.U. ARTS) is a Minneapolis based organization created on the premise that everyone deserves a chance to shine. The mission behind I.O.U. ARTS, is to raise awareness and funding for differently-abled artists and the art programs that support their individuality and talents. Through events, corporate sponsorships, strategic partnering and simply having the right people in place who hold the drive and passion to celebrate the many living ‘outside of the box’, I.O.U. ARTS has been successful in raising awarenes...
s, support, and funding for the vast number of differently-abled artists, existing in our Minneapolis Arts Community.

Julia C. Spencer
At age 13, Julia C. Spencer had the opportunity to attend a Summer Expression Session class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. It was the experience of this class that propelled and fostered Julia’s dream of becoming a comic book artist. In 2003, Julia attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education where she intensively studied dance. Julia went on to enroll at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as an Illustrator major, in 2005, but later her interests moved more to the area of Photography. In the spring of 2007, she became sick and stopped attending MCAD. Julia is currently working in the mediums of painting, photography, pastels, colored pencils, marker illustrations and jewelry.

You can view samples of Julias artwork, here:

Andrew Braunberger
Andrew Braunberger has been creating images, since discovering his thumbs. The artistic beginnings for Andrew involved working with soft pastels, in high school. He continued to love working with pastels as a medium, through his collegiate studies at the University of North Dakota. In 1992, Andrew graduated with a BA in Arts and Sciences through the Honors Program at UND—he has continued to work with pastels and consistently practice his craft, ever since. Many of Andrews works are in acrylic and oil, often with soft pastels used on top of these other media. Within his work you will notice vibrant colors and interaction within varying levels of opacity. Andrew also dabbles in digital art, but prefers the tactile experience of other media, more so than working digitally.

You can view examples of the artwork of Andrew Braunberger, here:

Allan Benson
In Allan’s words, “I create colorful patterns and shapes to make your eyes light up and to make the painting pop off the walls and ceilings and run away”.

Allan’s paintings and drawings of landscape, architecture, people, and still-life are expressions of what his vision of reality is. He creates images from what he sees and of his imagination.

Allan is inspired by plant life, the shapes of the land and architecture. He experiments and plays with perspective and dimension on the canvas and then fills it up with paint. Allan uses color and black outline to make the shapes pop out and appear more realistic. He likes to let his creativity run wild.

Allan recognized his abilities and desires to express himself through art in a class at Opportunity Partners, a Minnesota nonprofit organization that works alongside people with disabilities. Alan continues to strengthen his artistic visions and techniques in classes with his art mentor.

Allan has exhibited his work at the Hennepin County Library, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Opportunity Partners headquarters, Vision Loss Resources and Munka Beans Coffee Shop. His painting, Flower at Home, won 2nd place in painting at the Sister Kenney Annual International Art Show in May, 2009.

Visit the below link to read more about Allan, and view his artwork.

THE MUSICIAN : : Siua Hafoka

Genre: R&B + Soul with a little Polynesian flare.

Please join us for Rhythm & Red-- A monthly showcase of local art and music.


Jamie Palewicz
Lula Roe

LuLaRoe is an exclusive clothing line designed to fit women of all ages, sizes, and shapes. The clothing is sold by independent fashion consultants at pop-up boutiques in person or online. All of the prints are exclusive to LuLaRoe and only 2500 garmets in each of Lula's unique prints are produced. Jamie tells us that she chose to become a consultant because she loves this product and company, but most importantly loves helping ladies feel.

Jamie Palewicz

WHEN: Wednesday November 2nd, 7pm-10pm

WHERE: The Jungle Red Gallery, 1362 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis

WHAT: Meet the folks from I.O.U ARTS, and learn about the work of this great LOCAL organization. Enjoy live LOCAL tunes, shop exclusive LulaRoe merchandise from LOCAL LLR representative, Jamie Palewicz, and mingle with our creative community! Complimentary wine, and beer samplings of the latest creations of our neighborhood brewmasters at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company will also be available!

Lakes & Legends