Artistry

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  • Free parking. Art galleries are free. Theater performances vary by production and date.

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  • From I-35W take 98th St exit, travel west on 98th to Logan Ave S, left on Logan, first left into parking lot.

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  • Year round. Office: M-F 10am-5pm. Galleries: M-F 8am-10pm, SA 9am-5pm, SU 1-10pm.

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  1. As if nothing (for Basho)

    As if nothing (for Basho)

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume

    Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.

    “Physicists tell us that light is both a particle and a wave, a kind of noun and verb simultaneously, like us. And, like us, light is fleeting and durable, intricate and enigmatic. The circumference of light eclipses our capacity to comprehend light’s complexity, and mirrors my desire to know its fullness, yet without the satisfaction of ever finally knowing. That perpetual fissure in knowledge is one of the many fulcrums with light that keeps me researching it.” – Charles Matson Lume

    In this site-specific art installation artist Charles Lume will take the Inez Greenberg Gallery and create an environment that explores the complexity of light while also reflecting on the inspiration he’s pulled from a poem by Matsuo Basho (1644-94). Basho was the Japanese poet who moved haiku poetry from a parlor game into an art form. Haiku as a form always addresses the seasons and Lume hopes to mirror this attribute in his installation, as well as using the compression of language, or form, as a vehicle for communication. Also inspired by Basho's haiku will be the focus on the common or the ordinary, and transforming it into the extraordinary.

    Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist whose art engages in the pas de deux of light and materials. His installations have been exhibited at institutions such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, Ireland), Babel Kunst (Trondheim, Norway), Hunter College, (NYC), and the Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN). He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles has participated in international artist residencies in Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Ireland. Charles lives in Saint Paul, MN, and his art can be found online at the White Columns Artist Registry (NYC).

    Inez Greenberg Gallery Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 1:00 - 10:00 p.m.

  2. Chromatic Construction

    Chromatic Construction

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artists: Mary Bergherr and Laura Wennstrom

    June 30 - August 11, 2017
    Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Artist Talk: Tuesday July 25, 7:00 p.m.

    Artists Mary Bergherr and Laura Wennstrom both use bold colors, shapes, and composed structure to express their individual voices and achieve their respective art goals.
    In her art-making process, artist Laura Wennstrom is interested in gathering materials and objects – the cast off, the forgotten, the incidental, the profound – and through combining and layering, finding new ways to tell stories. Wennstrom’s work represents the intersection of her life with the people she encounters while honoring their experiences and trying to make sense of her own.

    For Mary Bergherr the act of painting is a journey of self-discovery. With every color, shape, mark, letter or word she makes, she better understands her true self. At the same time, she enjoys and responds to the life’s often conflicting dualities and contrasts, and in the process of creating she hopes to better understand and feel more connected to humanity.

    About the Artists:
    Mary Bergherr grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and received her B.A. from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1982. After feeling limited by her work as a freelance illustrator, Bergherr took time off to focus on fine art in 2003. She was greatly influenced by her children’s art process and African-American folk art from the South. Bergherr uses acrylic paint and colored pencil on repurposed wood to create colorful works that express her inner child. When not in her studio, she is walking her two dogs, cooking, eating, wanting more dogs, or worrying. Her work can be seen in galleries and collections throughout the country. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Laura Wennstrom is currently an Adjunct Professor and the Art and Design Department Office Coordinator at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota She holds an MFA in New Media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015), and received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from North Park University in Chicago in 2009. She is also the Artist-in-Residence at Calvary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where she has a studio space and runs a gallery in the historic building. Although Laura is currently teaching university students, she has worked extensively with children in underserved neighborhoods across the Midwest teaching art, reading, and special education. She has developed and implemented art curriculum for after school and summer programs for students of all ages.

    In the Inez Greenberg Gallery.

  3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Lyrics by: Tim Rice

    Directed and Choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell
    Music Director: Denise Prosek

    “… a fun night of quick-paced theatrical entertainment.” (Katherine Waddell, Broadway World Review)

    Joseph is an ageless tale set to a bold new beat in Director/Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell’s staging. Reimagined to reflect Ferrell’s lyrical and athletic styles, this story about overcoming odds and fulfilling one’s destiny will captivate contemporary audiences of all ages. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s catchiest scores in a myriad of musical styles, Joseph tells the tale of a young dreamer haunted by prophetic visions that he will one day rule over his eleven jealous brothers. Fueled by animosity, his brothers sell Joseph into slavery in dangerous and unfamiliar Egypt, where he must find his own way and face the greatest trials of his life.

    Cast List:
    John Jamison – Joseph
    Jennifer Grimm* – Narrator/Company
    Steven Meerdink – Jacob/Company

    COMPANY
    Megan Kim Anderson
    Anne Brown
    Carrie McCollum Smith
    Aly O'Keefe
    Holli Richgels
    Elly Stahlke
    Angela Steele
    Brittany Wilson
    Grand Fitzgerald
    Michael Hassenmuller
    Brandon Jackson
    Christian LaBissionere
    Alec Leonard
    Ricky Morrisseau
    Zakary Morton
    Dan Piering
    France Roberts
    Josh Smith
    Austin Stole
    *Member of Actor’s Equity

    Performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

    In the Schneider Theater…

    SPECIAL PRICING:
    We are pleased to offer a Ticketed Preview of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday, July 28 and a Pay What You Can performance on Monday, August 14. Next Generations 30-and-Under tickets are $12 for any performance.

    Ticket Info:
    Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Box Office Phone: 952-563-8575

    Adults: $41
    Seniors (62+): $36
    Next Generations (30 and Under): $12
    ($3 off Adult & Senior tickets for Wednesday/Thursday performances)

    Ticketed Preview: $12
    Pay What You Can: Up to you!

  4. Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Big Band

    Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Big Band

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Singer Maud Hixson joins the Wolverines Big Band for a concert premiering a program of new vocal arrangements and classic repertoire from the band’s 44-year history. Maud Hixson is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Led by drummer Jendeen Forberg, the Wolverines Big Band covers a wide range of styles, including the best of the bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and more. Founded in 1973, the band was featured on the initial broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion, and their first four albums garnered four-star reviews in Downbeat Magazine. They even played Jimmy Carter’s inaugural ball!
    Hailed as “gently virtuosic” (All About Jazz), Maud Hixson is a devoted exponent of great songs, ranging from the classic Great American Songbook to the often unsung or forgotten compositions awaiting rediscovery. Musician and historian Michael Feinstein observed: “Her vocal style is so warm, compelling and intimate—it’s clear she cares about the words and telling the story, with clarity and without artifice—almost a lost art these days.” In April, Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune declared, “Hixson stood out as the biggest revelation at the Chicago Cabaret Convention”.

  5. Members' Juried Art Exhibition

    Members' Juried Art Exhibition

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    October 6 - November 9, 2017
    Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, October 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Juried by: Carolyn Payne, Executive Director, SooVAC

    Each year this exciting exhibition brings together the many talented members of Artistry. It is always a varied and eclectic collection showcasing many different mediums, styles, and techniques. Selected work is eligible to win cash awards and ribbons including a $500 Best of Show Award.

    Interested in Applying? Find out more at: https://artistrymn.org/visual_arts/apply/exhibit#juried

    Carolyn Payne is the Executive Director and a Curatorial Panelist of Soo Visual Arts Center, a non-profit 501 (c)3 arts organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She manages day to day operations, exhibition and community programming for the organization. She has been a member of the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel at Hennepin Theater Trust since its creation and is a strong advocate and supporter of Minnesota artists.

    Inez Greenberg Gallery Hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.

  6. Midway

    Midway

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins

    “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most obvious of these is between the average carnival visitor, who experiences the sights, sounds, and smells of the fair as an outsider, and the carnival workers (or carnies), who operate on the inside of that world. Other important themes that I explore in this series are the relationship between man and machine, the peculiar mixture of childhood innocence and danger that the fair embodies, and my own personal relationship to carnival spectacle.

    When I was a child the fair was a magical event, so full of color, light, sounds and smells that it could often be overwhelming. It came to exist as a kind of blur in my memory, a fantastical whirlwind to which I could attach an emotion, but without holding on to any concrete details. Like most children, or indeed most adults, the fair was pure spectacle, and I never really reached past the surface of that spectacle.

    This project started out as an exploration of the carnival worker, an attempt to pierce that surface and understand what goes on beneath; but it quickly morphed into something much larger and more layered than I expected. Once I began photographing carnival workers behind the scenes I began to see a bit more through their eyes. I saw the “fun rides” as the huge metal machines they are; I saw the wide-eyed faces of children as economic reality for the men and women who work the fair; I saw real faces behind the garish colored suits and face paint that mark the carnival barkers’ ‘show’.

    In the end, I chose black and white as my medium, precisely because I hoped to move beyond the outer experience of the fair to portray the connections that lie beneath. There are patterns to be found here that disappear when saturated with color. There are monsters as well, when the motion of their colored lights is stripped away. Most of all, there are relationships between people – relationships that move to the forefront once they are seen in stark black and white.”

    - Katie Adkins

    About the Artist
    A recent transplant to the Midwest, Katie Adkins is a documentary and fine art photographer in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she and her husband live with their two dogs. Originally a native of Atlanta, GA, Katie received her MA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. Since graduating she has worked extensively as a freelance artist in addition to working with well-known photographers including the London-based Martin Parr and the National Geographic photographer, Alex Webb. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Rapid City Journal, Mitchell Daily Republic, The Argus Leader, Art of the Hills Magazine, Black Hills Woman Magazine, Creative Loafing and Gemini Magazine. In addition to her work as a photographer, Katie serves as the Assistant Curator of Exhibits at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

    Atrium Gallery Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 1:00 - 10:00 p.m.

  7. Milly & Tillie

    Milly & Tillie

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Created by Elise Langer and Liz Schacterle with Director Jason Ballweber.

    “Like a good picture book, the show is bursting with life and invention.” (Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet)

    Artistry is pleased to partner with nationally recognized Open Eye Figure Theatre to welcome young children and their families into the Black Box with the imaginative play, Milly and Tillie. This “45 minutes of silliness and surprises” (Star Tribune) is a perfect first live theater experience for elementary school-aged children that will also delight their older companions. A “light and fanciful but rich and accomplished” work (Twin Cities Daily Planet), the play follows the antics and adventures of title characters Milly and Tillie as they set out for a picnic and find the unexpected.

    Make a Morning of It!

  8. Ornaments: A Minnesota Growing Season

    Ornaments: A Minnesota Growing Season

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artist: Emily Donovan

    June 8 – July 30, 2017
    Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    “Nature provides us with ornaments that bloom in rich tones, brightening our landscape especially after a long Minnesota Winter.” – Emily Donovan

    By collaborating with gardeners in her neighborhood, artist Emily Donovan creates homemade dyes from their native plants to create unique colors that vary in rich tones for her lush and flowing paintings. Donovan’s technique, similar to Batik, utilizes the dye and beeswax on paper, a process that is both historical and more environmentally safe than the use of manufactured dyes and pigments.

    Donovan sees this series of work as a type of modern day botany journal which documents the plants, the colorful dyes, and the individual community gardeners she has worked alongside to both seed and harvest for her art making practice. Throughout the process Donovan has also become more aware of the natural cycles since gathering materials for dyes is dependent on weather and growing seasons. This project was supported with the assistance of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant.

    About the Artist:
    Emily Donovan is a Twin Cities based artist who explores nature in her mixed media paintings by creating her own colors from plant-based materials. She received her BA in Studio Arts and Art History at the University of Minnesota and continues her studies, nationally and internationally with other natural dye enthusiasts to add to her repertoire of colors from nature. Emily was the recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board (2015) and her work has been exhibited in galleries and art centers including Gallery 360, Minnetonka Art Center, The Textile Center, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and at Wintertide, a juried exhibit at Public Functionary (2015). She works and exhibits at her studio at the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis, where she regularly hosts demonstrations about using natural dyes in her art.

    In the Atrium Gallery.

  9. The Modernist Eye

    The Modernist Eye

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artist: Barbara McIlrath

    September 28 - November 10, 2017

    Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    "I share with you my favorite places on the river.
    Like a fisherman, armed with a tackle box
    and a passion for being outdoors…
    I try to outsmart a wild color or shape
    before it slips away."
    - Barbara McIlrath

    Inspired by the seasonal changes in the sky, land, and water along the Mississippi and near Lake Pepin, artist Barbara McIlrath is devoted to perceiving the world more deeply and revealing it to the viewer through her lush paintings using oil paint, bees wax, Belgian linen, pasted paper, graphite, and charcoal.

    Specifically, McIlrath is drawn to and inspired by Frontenac State Park, the village of Old Frontenac (Florence Township Beach), and Hicks Valley near Pepin, Wisconsin. While working outside she uses her “modernist eye” to reveal simplified, improvisational interpretations of these special places. The resulting work can range from recognizable images of sky, land and water to completely abstract compositions discovered in the process of interpreting what is seen.

    From the small, intimate drawings and paintings done “en plain aire” to the final large canvases completed in the studio the viewer will get a unique view into the artist’s process as well as a chance to savor the final product.

    About the Artist:
    Barbara McIlrath lives in St. Paul and works from her farm/studio in the dramatic landscape of the Driftless Region of western Wisconsin, near Lake Pepin, where the seasonal changes in the sky, land, and water constantly inspire her devotion to perceiving the world more deeply through painting and drawing.

    Growing up just outside of Chicago, she earned her BA degree in Humanities at Illinois Wesleyan University, MS degree at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and BFA degree at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where she received the Vanderlip Award at graduation. She has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, instructional designer for Mayo Clinic, corporate training consultant and faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

    Atrium Gallery Hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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