Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Eckleburg Interviews Artist and Spectrum ArtWorks Peer Support Specialist Christi Furnas

Artist Christi Furnas was recently interviewed by The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, an online and print literary and arts journal housed at The Johns Hopkins University. This interview provides background on Christi's artistic work as well as her position as a Peer Support Specialist at Spectrum ArtWorks.

 Here is a snippet from the interview. She describes her role at Spectrum ArtWorks:

In March 2011, I was hired on as staff. I support 12 people who are working to survive as professional artists. I help them apply for shows, and keep up portfolios along with other things. There is great talent in the group and I have learned a lot. Another aspect of my job is to help facilitate open studio time. This is when any member of the Lighthouse can utilize the studio and art supplies. This is not art therapy although it is an excellent time for people to be creative in a comfortable setting. 
I have a unique roll because I get to support peeps as an equal. I don’t see it happen where I work, but in a great number of situations people with mental illness are patronized or not listened to. It’s difficult to value yourself when no one else seems to value who you are or what you say. I have the opportunity through art making to connect with people. It is important to hear stories from people and be able to share experiences. The other day I compared auditory hallucination stories with an artist in the program. Then I discussed which colors to use in their painting. I feel extremely fortunate to work in the arts at a place I can be open about my illness.
Please take some time to read it here. The interview is thoughtful and insightful.

On another note: Christi recently won the People's Choice Award at the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) Fall Fine Arts Show. What an achievement! You can find more info on NEMAA and their annual exhibition here.

James and Christi in the studio

Friday, September 19, 2014

Inside the Studio: Spectrum ArtWorks Stays Busy as the Season Changes

Fall is right around the corner and Spectrum ArtWorks continues to stay busy. Artists submitted artwork for Artability and are excited to show at The Great Hall in St. Paul on October 24 and 25th. It is an important event arranged by People Incorporated, and we hope to see you there! In addition to this, Spectrum ArtWorks is planning a winter art sale and also planning out exhibitions for 2015.

Kandace at work on "The White Buffalo"

Pictured above is Kandace. She joined Spectrum ArtWorks this summer. About a month ago she started on "The White Buffalo." She states she was inspired to create a work that spoke to Native American culture. She wanted to incorporate the four directional colors, too, which are red, black, white, and yellow. She feels these two components of "The White Buffalo" have complimented each other well. "I have enjoyed working on this one, because I am seeing a style emerge in my work, a common thread in my technique," she says. "I focus on one small piece at a time, with short brush strokes." Kandace also says that she decided not to create this work using a grid system. She ended up experimenting with free hand. Overall, she has expressed feeling satisfied with her work.


James working on one of his many watercolor pieces

The art studio has continued to be a space where the group produces excellent work. James, shown above, creates watercolor paintings regularly. You can see more of his work here on Spectrum ArtWorks' Flickr page.

Artists THIA, James, and Kandace focused on projects during studio hours last week. THIA has taken a liking to Art Deco patterns and has started on an amazing stained glass piece. You can see it here on Spectrum ArtWorks' Facebook page!

Stay tuned for further updates! The winter art sale is scheduled for December 5, so mark your calendars!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spectrum ArtWorks Welcomes New Program Coordinator!


Greetings everyone! We are excited to announce that Spectrum ArtWorks has a new program coordinator, Jes Reyes! Taking over as Arts Specialist for Spectrum ArtWorks - we welcome her with great warmth and enthusiasm. We are happy to share that she brings with her a rich background and involvement in the arts as well as a great deal of compassion for the work of Spectrum ArtWorks artists and their mission. 

About Jes:

Jes Reyes is excited to join the Spectrum ArtWorks program. She comes to the program from the NWCSP, a drop-in program in Crystal, Minnesota. While there she worked with adults with serious and persistent mental illness. She helped initiate various art projects at the CSP, including Photovoice and Picture Us. She also has been involved in the Twin Cities arts community as a curator of pop-up exhibits with Altered Esthetics, a non-profit arts organization and gallery. Jes is a filmmaker and photographer. Her photo "The Eyes" will be exhibiting at Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis in September as part of a group exhibition. She is about to finish her Master's degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. You can find out more about her by following her blogs: http://museummoon.tumblr.com or http://jesreyes.tumblr.com.

Please join us in our excitement welcoming Jes to Spectrum ArtWorks!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New artwork by Wallace at the Riverview Café, Minneapolis, MN

Wallace at Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul, MN
Greetings everyone! We'd like to introduce you to Spectrum ArtWorks artist, Wallace White. Wallace is one of the newest members of the Spectrum ArtWorks program; joining us early last year. Wallace lives and breathes art; he's a true artist! He draws and paints everyday. He enjoys painting luminous landscapes and personal portraits of those he knows. You will never find him without sketchbook and pen in hand!
 
 A recent drawing made by Wallace in the Spectrum ArtWorks studio
This evening, Wednesday, April 9th, at the Riverview Café is an opening reception featuring new work by Wallace. Recently, the Spectrum ArtWorks artists enjoyed an afternoon at Como Park Conservatory - soaking in the warmth as well as the fresh, vibrant colors of the gardens. It was a long and cold winter this year in Minnesota and it is not surprising that Wallace was greatly inspired by the rich and beautiful flowers and plant-life. This inspiration in captured in much of Wallace's new work that can be viewed on display at the Riverview Café.

Wallace sketching at Como Park Conservatory
Wallace is a veteran in the local arts community; having exhibited his work throughout the years at many local coffee shops, cafés and galleries. Wallace has been a participating artist in the annual Lola Art Crawl events in the Longfellow neighborhood. More recently, Wallace's work has been exhibited at the Fireroast Café and now at the Riverview. 
 
Beauty by the Lake - acrylic on canvas by Wallace White
The title of Wallace's new show at the Riverview Café is: Roses with Gold Linings/ Clouds with Silver Linings
This show features a collection of paintings and drawings by Wallace, as well as many new works. The opening is this evening, April 9th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Riverview Café.
The Riverview Café is located at:
3753 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Wallace's work will by on display through the month of April.
 
Here is a link to the Riverview Café:
 
 
THANK YOU for the support!
 
As always- Spectrum ArtWorks invites you to learn more about the program and the work of each individual artist. Art is always for sale and appointments can be made to stop by the studio by contacting Arts Coordinator, Megan Andersen - mandersen@resource-mn.org.
 
We thank you dearly for supporting the Spectrum ArtWorks program! Please continue to stay informed and show your support for Spectrum ArtWorks.
 
You can follow us on facebook:
 
Continue to view and read our blog, as well as view lovely art on flickr:
 
And, Spectrum ArtWorks is now on Twitter!! Check us out!
 
For more information or questions about Spectrum ArtWorks please contact Megan Andersen at mandersen@resource-mn.org or (612)752-8282.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Congratulations to VSA Minnesota Emerging Artists Grant Recipient Christi Furnas!

Spectrum ArtWorks artist and Peer Support Specialist, Christi Furnas, pictured above in her Minneapolis studio.

Greetings! We are excited to share the great news that Spectrum ArtWorks artist and Peer Support Specialist, Christi Furnas, has been awarded an emerging artists grant from VSA Minnesota. Christi is one of seven Minnesota artists to be awarded a grant of $1,500 by VSA Minnesota. The 18th annual competitive grant, funded by the Jerome Foundation, recognizes excellence by emerging Minnesota artists with disabilities and encourages them to complete new work.
 
About Christi:
Christi Furnas is a Minneapolis based oil painter who has been showing and selling art in the Twin Cities for nearly twenty years. Born in Kansas, Christi moved to the Twin Cities as a teenager. She studied painting and drawing at the Atelier LeSeuer in Excelsior, MN. 
Christi considers herself a Figurative Expressionist, working with both oil and pen and ink, and is most excited looking at the work of the early German Expressionists. She has shown her art at venues such as: Rosalux Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Augsburg College and The Warren.
In 2011, Christi was awarded a Creative Community Leadership Institute Fellowship, where she studied community organizing through the arts. During the last year, Christi has worked closely with VSA Minnesota; working on several community art-making projects, including the Minnesota Disability Mural Project.
Christi has been featured for her work as an artist and an activist in articles of publications such as: The Advocate and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Follow this link to read The Art of Healing - an article published in the Star Tribune
featuring Christi Furnas:
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/138789154.html

Follow this link to read Forty Under 40 - an article published in The Advocate
featuring Christi Furnas:
http://news.advocate.com/post/21701470227/forty-under-40

Christi also has an artist page on Facebook. Follow this link to "like" and "share" her page:
https://www.facebook.com/ChristiFurnasArt

Another great photo of Christi - taken in her Minneapolis studio.

A little bit more about Christi:
Christi has been a member of The Spectrum ArtWorks program for nearly 10 years. She is the first member of the program to be considered and hired as a staff member. As a Peer Support Specialist, Christi works directly with the Program Coordinator and with the artists in the program. She also teaches and facilitates regular open studio sessions for other artists connected with the Lighthouse Community Support Program, a program of RESOURCE, Inc. Her work with the artists and her presence in the studio has been invaluable. Christi's influence in the program is strong. She is dedicated to Spectrum ArtWorks' mission to educate the public and break down stigma associated with mental illness. She works tenaciously to inspire others to do the same. Christi is undoubtedly the heart of the program and a main reason Spectrum ArtWorks continues to be a successful and contributing program in our community.

If you have inquiries for Christi, she can be contacted at: cfurnas@resource-mn.org


As always- Spectrum ArtWorks invites you to learn more about the program and the work of each individual artist. Art is always for sale and appointments can be made to stop by the studio by contacting Arts Coordinator, Megan Andersen - mandersen@resource-mn.org.
 
We thank you dearly for supporting the Spectrum ArtWorks program! Please continue to stay informed and show your support for Spectrum ArtWorks.
 
You can follow us on facebook:
 
Continue to view and read our blog, as well as view lovely art on flickr:
 
And, Spectrum ArtWorks is now on Twitter!! Check us out!
 
For more information or questions about Spectrum ArtWorks please contact Megan Andersen at mandersen@resource-mn.org or (612)752-8282.

 


Friday, December 27, 2013

Season's Greetings from Spectrum ArtWorks!

artwork by Spectrum ArtWorks artist Dunji Diego
During this holiday season, we at Spectrum ArtWorks have much to be grateful for. We feel gratitude to you and the many other friends of RESOURCE who believe in Spectrum ArtWorks' mission to break down stigma associated with mental illness. We are also grateful for many other things, including the accomplishments of the Spectrum ArtWorks artists as well as your continued support of their work. We are excited for the new year and the opportunities that lie ahead.
 
Sending our best wishes to you this holiday season! May your days be merry and bright!
 
 
 
As always- Spectrum ArtWorks invites you to learn more about the program and the work of each individual artist. Art is always for sale and appointments can be made to stop by the studio by contacting Arts Coordinator, Megan Andersen - mandersen@resource-mn.org.
 
We thank you dearly for supporting the Spectrum ArtWorks program! Please continue to stay informed and show your support for Spectrum ArtWorks.
 
You can follow us on facebook:
 
Continue to view and read our blog, as well as view lovely art on flickr:
 
And, Spectrum ArtWorks is now on Twitter!! Check us out!
 
For more information or questions about Spectrum ArtWorks please contact Megan Andersen at mandersen@resource-mn.org or (612)752-8282.
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Inside the Spectrum ArtWorks studio





 
Spectrum ArtWorks artists have been keeping busy! Pictured above are Spectrum ArtWorks artists Faye Buffington-Howell (top left), Dunji Diego (top right), David Morris (bottom left) and Cecile Bellamy (bottom right). Photos were taken during a chilly day last week - in which the Spectrum ArtWorks artists cozied up in the studio and began working on some interesting new pieces.
 
Spectrum ArtWorks is grateful to have a presence in our community by sharing the work we do with others. Spectrum ArtWorks has exhibited in local galleries - including, Regla De Oro - Art Gallery & Fair Trade Gifts and Soo Visual Arts Center. In addition to group shows, many of the Spectrum ArtWorks artists have been exhibiting their work in both group and solo shows around the Twin Cities. Keep an eye out - you may see work by Spectrum ArtWorks artists nearby at your favorite, local coffee shop!
 
As always- Spectrum ArtWorks invites you to learn more about the program and the work of each individual artist. Art is always for sale and appointments can be made to stop by the studio by contacting Arts Coordinator, Megan Andersen - mandersen@resource-mn.org.
 
 
Thank you dearly for supporting the Spectrum ArtWorks program! Please continue to stay informed and show your support for Spectrum ArtWorks.
 
You can follow us on facebook:
 
Continue to view and read our blog, as well as view lovely art on flickr:
 
And, Spectrum ArtWorks is now on Twitter!! Check us out!
 
For more information or questions about Spectrum ArtWorks please contact Megan Andersen at mandersen@resource-mn.org or (612)752-8282.