Monday, November 22, 2010

RESOURCE 50th Anniversary Mural Unveiling and Open Studio Event

RESOURCE 50th Anniversary Mural Unveiling
Third Annual Spectrum ArtWorks Holiday Open Studio Event

Please join us as we unveil the mural in its permanent location at 1900 Chicago Avenue South in the RESOURCE main building. A brief program will begin at 3:15. Then walk across the street to 1825 Chicago Avenue South and tour the Spectrum ArtWorks studio and have the opportunity to view and purchase work from the talented artists that made the mural possible.

Tuesday, November 30th 3pm – 7pm
1900 and 1825 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis
Free and open to the public

Contact Information: Amy Rice 612 752 8242

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yes I Can Work

The "Yes I Can Work" campaign focuses on the fact that young people with disabilities have skills that are valuable in the workplace. Five works of art were selected to be reproduced as 17" x 22" posters for this awareness campaign aimed at employers, social service providers and the general public. The posters will be available from VSA Minnesota and Pathways to Employment at the State Council on Disability booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Two Spectrum ArtWorks artists, Christi Furnas and Faye Howell were artists whose work was chosen to be made into posters. Congratulations Christi and Faye!

Winning poster image by Christi Furnas

Thursday, August 5, 2010

50th anniversary mural progress

The Spectrum ArtWorks artists are almost completed with the mural celebrating the 50th anniversary of RESOURCE. We asked all 400+ RESOURCE staff to sign a wooden leaf as if they were signing a card. The leaves are being raked in and it’s shaping up fantastic!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Art of Making Art

Minneapolis artist Christi Furnas has been busy working on a new series of oil paintings depicting artists at work. She has been popping into the Spectrum ArtWorks Studio lately on Mondays to take photos and do sketches as research.

The Spectrum ArtWorks artists take turns teaching 6-8 week classes on Mondays at our studio. This past month has been mask-making. In these small line drawings in ink Christi really captures the focus of the artists and the creative atmosphere of our studio.

You can see more examples at our Flickr here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Our Friend Yuri Arajs

Spectrum ArtWorks heart Yuri and while we miss him here in Minnesota, we are so proud of the work he is doing in Canada!
In December of 2005, RESOURCE (Spectrum ArtWorks parent organization) co-sponsored the enormously successful Homeless Awareness Art Show at The Mall of America. The curator of this event was Yuri Arajs, former director of Outsiders and Others Gallery. Arajs was also named "RESOURCE’s Resourceful Person of the Year" in 2008 for all the work he had done with and on behalf of artists served by Spectrum Community Mental Health.

In 2008 Arajs left Minnesota for his homeland of Canada and now he is again hard at work to bring awareness and understanding to the issues of mental illness and homelessness through well currated fine arts exhibitions. His new nonprofit organization Victoria Fine Arts Festival recently launched it’s inaugural exhibition, Homeless Awareness: an Exhibition of Art Work by People Who Have Experienced Homelessness.

Yuri Arajs is not only a well-known curator, but also an established and collected artist in his own right. The Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver does great work on behalf of the homeless including the new Red Tent campaign. Using red tents, they will visually bring awareness of the issue to the world media in Vancouver from Feb 12 - 28, 2010. (Olympics). Yuri has created a beautiful limited edition fine art print to support The Pivot Legal Society and the work they do. Here is how you can get a print for yourself:

Artwork information:

Title: Red Tent 212282010
Medium: Two color silk screen, grease crayon, ink Paper size: 8.5" x 11"
Edition size: 125, Signed and numbered
Price: $25 US or CAN
Shipping $5 Anywhere in US or Canada
Payment: customers in Canada - Paypal, check, cash. Customers in US -
Paypal, cash.
To buy, simply reply to this email (or at with the
following information:
1. How many prints you want.
2. Your complete name and mailing address.
3. How you would like to pay. If by Paypal, please include your account name
and I will send you an invoice there.
You will receive a confirmation email from me which will include a mailing
address to mail cash or check if you are paying that way.