Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What have Spectrum ArtWorks artists been up to?

Greetings everyone! It has been a busy few months for Spectrum ArtWorks! On Friday, September 2nd, Altered Esthetics Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis held an opening for a show titled Home. "Whether it is a place we came from, a place we dream about, or a settling destination; artists react to immigration, homelessness and what it means to have a sense of place in the world." This wonderful exhibit, Home, featured Spectrum ArtWorks artists Faye Buffington-Howell, Audrey Bernard and cynTHIA. This is the last week Home will be on display to the public and we will be bringing art back to the Spectrum ArtWorks studio this Saturday.

In other news... Spectrum ArtWorks has been celebrating an amazing opportunity awarded to artist Cecile Bellamy. Ramsey County recently commissioned Cecile for five of her beautiful watercolors. These watercolors are now on display as part of A Bridge to Health & Wellness's permanent collection. Congrats Cecile! A Bridge to Health & Wellness will house urgent care for Adult Mental Health, Chemical Health Assessment and Placement, Detox, and the Second Judicial District Commitment Court. NAMI Minnesota credits the creation of this new building as "bringing an unprecedented opportunity to improve and coordinate services to individuals experiencing either a mental or chemical health crisis, or both. The goal is to improve the availability of integrated, community-based, chemical and mental health services for this population." Cecile was invited as a special guest to attend the grand opening and official ribbon cutting ceremony. There, she met and spoke with Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael E. Ortega. Commissioner Ortega praised Cecile for her art as well as exhibited a large amount of support for mental health services.

Spectrum ArtWorks artists are gearing up for the annual Artability Art Show and Sale. This year Spectrum ArtWorks supported 13 artists to complete and submit artwork for this event! The Artabilty Art Show and Sale will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N. Dale Street, St. Paul, MN 55103. The show runs October 6th - 8th with the opening reception on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there!

On a final, very exciting note... Spectrum ArtWorks
will be hosting the 5th Annual Open House & Art
Sale!! The open house and sale will be held on
Tuesday, October 25th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Please stop in and join us for refreshments and fantastic art! The Spectrum ArtWorks Open House and Art Sale will feature fine art and crafts... just in time for the holidays! The Spectrum ArtWorks studio is located at 1825 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Please call or email Arts Coordinator, Megan Andersen, with any questions or requests for detail: (612) 752-8282 and

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