Monday, February 22, 2016

ArtWorks Core Group Artist Awarded VSA MN Emerging Artist Grant

We are super excited to announce that ArtWorks Core Group Artist Samuel L. is one of many artists who have just been awarded the VSA Minnesota Emerging Artist Grant! Samuel has been selected for his promising application. He will use this grant to continue his painting projects, particularly around giving voice to individuals who have lived with mental illness. Way to go, Sam! We can't wait to see where this opportunity will take you!

Samuel L.
Breakfast Objects
Recently exhibited in Spectrum ArtWorks group show The Big Picture
Acrylic on canvas
Not for sale

Artist statement:
The placement of medication alongside breakfast objects illustrates how common place medication is in our everyday lives. Medication can help us live more productive and independent lives. However, medication can be addictive and can cause other addictions. Medications used to regulate the brain often cause us to crave stimulants like coffee, food, and tobacco. Fortunately, new medications are coming out all the time with fewer side effects. Medication can be both a good thing and bad.
I am a fine arts student and I mainly paint in acrylic. I also work on the potter’s wheel. I have been an artist since I was a kid playing with clay and drawing.
Prints of Sam's work are available at:

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Big Picture Opening - Solar Arts Building - Photo Recap

The opening reception last week on Thursday, February 4th during First Thursdays at the Solar Arts Building was quite the success. Well over 100 visitors experienced the exhibition that night. If you missed the event you can contact Jes Reyes at to schedule a personal tour. Also, if you would like to feature work from this exhibition, please contact Jes and she can arrange a presentation for you. Two presentations are scheduled, one being displayed in March at the American Swedish Institute.
You can also view the show virtually on Flickr.
Spectrum ArtWorks thanks the Solar Arts Building for hosting the exhibit and the American Lung Association in Minnesota for their financial support!
Attendees of the opening entered to win original community art from the ArtWorks studio! Attendees were also considered for a drawing for a Budhha Board.

Shining Starr, Core Group Artist

Janelle Koscinski from the American Lung Association in Minnesota viewing ArtWorks' special presentation of Photovoice at the opening.

James E. Sjolin , ArtWorks Core Group Artist with guest

Samuel L., ArtWorks Core Group Artist

Samuel L., ArtWorks Core Group Artist  with guest

 Kandace Krause (left), ArtWorks Core Group Artist with guests

Katie Varvel, ArtWorks Studio Assistant Intern

Jes Reyes, ArtWorks Program Coordinator with Cecile Bellamy, ArtWorks Core Group Artist

Christi Furnas, ArtWorks Peer Support Specialist and Janelle Koscinski, American Lung Association in Minnesota

Christi Furnas, Andrew Turpening, Jes Reyes



Janelle Koscinski - Thank you for your support!!