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


Tomorrow!

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.

www.artworksatspectrum.org
Send questions and inquiries to Jes Reyes at jreyes@resource-mn.org or (612) 752-8282.

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


Monday, April 10, 2017

Water's Edge Exhibit Now Open


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

 


Water's Edge

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.


Exhibition Dates: April 9-May 31, 2017


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

Reception: April 29 / 1-3:30 PM / Tea Room

Curator: Martha Bird

Program at 1:30 pm facilitated by Spectrum ArtWorks
Light catered snacks in Tea Room
Live music from Andrew Turpening

Michaela Rachor, Deer by Pond

Water’s Edge is curated by Martha Bird and will be featuring her basketweaving work. Fifteen artists, from Spectrum ArtWorks, a group which Martha belongs to, will also be exhibiting.


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

Martha Bird, Fishing Creel Basket


More on the curator:

 Basketweaving is a first love for Martha Bird, which began while living in Michigan in the 1990’s. She made her start at Association of Michigan Basketmakers and after many classes and a convention, she ventured out on her own to create baskets under her own tutelage at Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, then People Incorporated’s Artability and also the Spectrum ArtWorks studio. Martha has studied with nationally and internationally known basketmakers and will be traveling to Ireland this June to study with four Irish basketmakers utilizing willow. This is Martha’s first time putting an art exhibition together; from obtaining the partnership with the Arboretum, organizing a show around a certain theme, and motivating a group of artists. She has truly demonstrated her leadership. “I continue to keep an eye towards expanding my skill base, incorporating a variety of natural fibers and finding opportunities to share my art,” Martha says. In addition to being a dedicated artist and organizer, Martha is also a strong mental health advocate and is dedicated to speaking to mental health stigma during the reception of Water’s Edge. “I know my own struggles with maintaining my mental health recovery and what things can help that venture. I want to bring that healing experience to other people…art, time out in nature, gathering with people and sharing a common experience. We will do that on Sat April 29th at this artist show and reception. I hope you will come join me and put beauty in your eyes for the afternoon,” she continues. As with many Spectrum ArtWorks exhibitions, living with mental illness is merely an element that brings these gifted artists together; it does not define the individual.


Artist/Curator Statement:

I am a self-taught multidisciplinary artist with a primary focus on basket weaving. I have made the move to career artist in the last year, and as a member of a professional artist collective I have received a number of commissions for my basketry work. As a newly emerging artist, I am asking myself, what does it mean and what does it take to be a career artist?

I have always been creative, though I began my professional career as a nurse. When I was injured and could no longer work full time as a nurse, I reconnected with my creative self and discovered that I did not need to give up healing work. Working as an artist has been both healing and professionally fulfilling.

I work intentionally through my hands and body to create shapes and designs that express and connect my soul and mind to invite wholeness in both the work and in myself. My work weaves together the healing in body, mind, and soul to create a beautiful, often functional piece of art. I want my work to express and document my life’s healing journey.

I believe that art pursued in community is a healing and creative force. This art can be based in functionality and still be artistic expression. I want my creations to be usable and to call to one’s senses. Foundational basket weaving skills are critical to ensuring functionality, even as it emerges as visual art.

I want to explore basket weaving as a blend of the traditional forms of the medium with avant-garde practices, an experiment with method and technique. I am drawn to push the strictly utilitarian into contemporary art forms without sacrificing function.

I want to incorporate materials that are local natural fibers into my basketry. As my hands explore the material, I begin to discover its hidden design potential. Even as I create one piece, the work itself suggests the artistic potential for the next. I find myself particularly drawn to willow and curious about the use of cattails, pine needles and iris leaves.

Curating the Water’s Edge has allowed a voice for my leadership abilities. I feel I have something to share. This is in direct contrast to what the effects of having Post traumatic stress disorder has left me feeling. I am furthering my own recovery by participating in my community. I couldn’t do it without the ever ready support of Jes Reyes head of the Spectrum ArtWorks program and all the staff at the Lighthouse. Their belief in me and encouragement has fueled me forward.


Peter F. Hinze, Canoeist


More on Spectrum ArtWorks:

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 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. www.artworksatspectrum.org




Monday, April 3, 2017

James E. Sjolin Exhibiting with Vail Place

Collective Member James E. Sjolin is currently displaying a solo exhibition with Vail Place at their Minneapolis Clubhouse, a community support program in Minneapolis. Exhibition Dates: April 1-30th, 2017. Tour are open to members on Mondays and Thursdays from 2-3 PM.


Artwork by James E. Sjolin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Collective Members Peter F. Hinze and Andrew Braunberger Exhibit With Fireroast Cafe

Peter F. Hinze is gearing up for his annual show at the Fireroast Café. This time he has invited fellow Collective Member Andrew Braunberger to join him.


Peter F. Hinze
Winter Birches in Bright Sun
Acrylic on canvas
2017


Fireroast Cafe states on their website:
"We believe [art] to be the heart of our community, and serve to reflect the creative expressions of those around us. You will find a different artist's work on display every month with a chance to meet them and learn more about their work."  

Art is the heart of our community at Spectrum ArtWorks too! Congrats to Peter and Andrew on their show! The show opens April 8. The reception is on April 15th from 3-7 PM.


Andrew Braunberger
Serena
Mixed Media on Paper
18x24
2016

Fireroast is situated at the corner of 37th Avenue and 38th Street in the middle of the Longfellow neighborhood at 3800 37th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55406.