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 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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spectrum ArtWorks Peer Support Specialist Event October 20

Please attended an upcoming event with Spectrum ArtWorks Peer Support Specialist Christi Furnas:

Thursday, October 20th // 6-7:30 PM
Storytelling with Christi Furnas and Caitlin Skaalrud
Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Avenue South Suite 101        
Minneapolis, Mn

From Soo Visual Arts Center:

Join us Thursday, October 20, from 6-7:30pm for a reading and discussion about mental health and storytelling with artists Christi Furnas and Caitlin Skaalrud.
Caitlin Skaalrud is the author of the graphic novel, Houses of the Holy, which visually explores the personal experience of living with depression. Christi Furnas will be reading from her mini-comic, Crazy Like a Fox, Adventures in Schizophrenia. The comic is part of a larger project to create a full-length graphic novel.

In Crazy Like a Fox, the main character, Fox Foxerson, battles with symptoms of mental illness and the reactions of friends, while navigating the health care system. While Furnas experienced this, her work is not a memoir. It is a novel with jellyfish, monsters, a dodo bird, and sock puppet doctors. She approaches the intense subject with playful lines and a sense of humor, starting conversations around mental health and creative storytelling in a way that is accessible. Furnas intentionally keeps Fox’s character genderless with the hope that anyone can see themselves in Fox’s shoes.

Christi Furnas is a Minneapolis based artist who works in both pen and ink, and oil. She has exhibited in group and juried shows in venues such as Minneapolis Institute of Art, Altered Esthetics, Soo Visual Arts Center, Rosalux Gallery, and Augsburg College. The Advocate magazine named her one of the Forty Under 40 most inspiring people in 2012 for her work as a community arts organizer and mental health advocate. Furnas was awarded a VSA Emerging Artist Grant through the Jerome Foundation in 2014. She is a 2016 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant.

Caitlin Skaalrud reaches into the psyche for its limitless narrative potential. On her project, Houses of the Holy, Skaalrud describes her protagonist as, “in search of her essential, endlessly renewable "self" and finds her idea of herself is running out.” She creates a character in infinite transformation, destroying and recreating identity.

Caitlin Skaalrud is a cartoonist, organizer, teacher, aspiring astrologist, and publisher behind comics micro-press Talk Weird Press in Minneapolis, where she lives with her partner and a cat named Howl. She is a recipient of a 2012 Xeric Self-Publishing Grant for Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story and is Skaalrud is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her first word was Batman. Caitlin exhibited some of the original drawings for Houses of Holy at SooVAC in 2013.

Christi Furnas is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Take the Pledge to be Stigma Free

Take the pledge today to be stigma free!

Educate Yourself and Others

Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well.

Step 2

See the Person and Not the Illness

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey that says more about them than their diagnosis. Whether you live with mental illness or are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy means far more than just knowing what they are going through.

Step 3

Take Action on Mental Health Issues

Our mental health care systems have been in crisis for far too long and often keeps treatment and recovery out of the hands of many who need it. We can take action now as we push for better legislation and policies to improve lives for everyone. By lending your support you can show that this cause isimportant to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome New Core Group Member Martha Bird!

We are super excited to announce that Spectrum ArtWorks has a new Core Group Member! Welcome Martha Bird! As a multimedia artist, Martha works primarily as a basket weaver. You can see more of her work, including her drawings, sculpture, weavings, mosaics, and paintings on her Flickr portfolio! More to come!
Check out these Porcupine Curls made by Martha Bird! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Core Group Artist Ruth Lais / Art Force Artist of the Month

Congratulations to Core Group Artist Ruth Lais for being selected at Art Force's Artist of the month. Read more here!

Artwork by Ruth Lais