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Music@Franconia: Malamanya

Now in its 20th year, Franconia Sculpture Park has perfected the ultimate summer music series! Join them on July 16, at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre for three excellent Saturday afternoon events. Concert admission is free – parking is $5 per vehicle. Free tours of the park exhibit between sets.

July 16th Malamanya: Afro-Carribean dance music! Malamanya is a United States based band comprised of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from Cuba and Latin America. Their style is vintage and their sound is classic. Their onstage energy and compositions reflect the communal, complex, and celebratory spirit prevalent in these musical genres.

Opening on July 16th is the Tropical Zone Orchestra, a 12 member, award winning Puerto Rican salsa orchestra featuring a powerful horn section and 3 energetic singers.

Concerts are held on Saturdays from 2pm-6pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab a bite or beverage from the famous Lizard Lounge, and enjoy the afternoon with friends, family, and community.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Daydreamin’ – Mary Olson

Check out the opening for ‘Daydreamin’, a summer inspired collection of paintings and fabric art by Mary Olson

Mary grew up in St. Paul and attended the College of Visual Arts and University of Minnesota, graduating with an Art BA in 2004. Her lifelong ambition is to work full time as a professional independent artist, continually developing new work and ideas with painting and drawing at the foundation. She knew around 10th grade that she wanted to spend all of her time studying art in an open studio environment. Her goal remains: To translate my evolving abstract aesthetic, ideas & process into further original fine art, design and handmade items. Influenced by color and contrasts, architectural landscapes and the natural environment- her creative interests go beyond painting & include design, screen-printing, illustration, weaving, textile design and photography.

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Review – Land Speed Record at the Walker: a discombobulated look at snapshots in time

Land Speed Record

By Ann Treacy Photo Chris Larson

If my 16 year old self knew that one day I’d be talking to Grant Hart about an Irish band covering Diane (my favorite Hüsker Dü song!) or Paradise Lost in his last album, my 16 year old self would have walked with a much better swagger. Continue reading

Get Lucky 2016_SooVAC’s Annual Fundraising Gala

Opening Reception:
Saturday January 23rd, 2016, 7-11PM

Saturday 23rd, 2016 7pm-11pm

GET LUCKY 2016_Soo Visual Arts Center’s Annual Gala

Saturday January 23rd, 2016, 7-11PM
Advanced Tickets $45 SooVAC Members: $35 Tickets at the Door: $55


Please join us at Soo Visual Arts Center on Saturday January 23rd, 2016 from 7 to 11pm for our annual fundraising party, with amazing art, people, food and drink. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the new year.

Tasty Treats and Beverages provided by: 2 Gingers Whiskey, Bryant Lake Bowl, Canteen, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Common Roots, Fulton Beer and The Third Bird

Music by Lori Barbero and Sarah White

ART BY: Alyssa Baguss, Ashley Barlow, John Bell, Emily Bennett-Beck, Kai Benson, Mary Bergs, Ute Bertog, Amelia Biewald, Carolina Borja, Andrea Carlson, Jaron Childs, Tara Costello, Paige Dansinger, Jennifer Davis, John Diebel, Brian David Downs, Pete Driessen, Aaron Dysart, Shannon Estlund, Clea Felien, Toni Gallo, Greg Gossel, Lindsy Halleckson, Geoffrey Hamerlinck, Noah Harmon, Christopher Harrison, Tom Hazelmyer, Alison Hiltner, Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser, Kate Iverson, Joel Jannetto, Brett Kallusky, Shana Kaplow, Sarah Knobel, Keren Kroul, John Largaespada, Chris Larson, David Lefkowitz, Rob McBroom, Paula McCartney, Shelly Mosman, Kelly O’Brien, Terrence Payne, Garrett Perry, Jesse Matthew Petersen, Drew Peterson, Jesse Dale Peterson, Liseli Polivka, Melba Price, David Rathman, Amy Rice, Erika Ritzel, Areca Roe, Elaine Rutherford, Jay Schmidt, Joe Sinness, Lindsay Smith, David Sollie, Aaron Squadroni, Bruce Tapola, Lex Thompson, Amy Toscani, Tim Tozer, Sean Tubridy, Megan Vossler, Caitlin Warner, Samual Weinberg and a few surprises.



Double Rainbow

2 Gingers Whiskey
Bryant Lake Bowl
Chowgirls Killer Catering
Established Brands
Print Craft
The Third Bird
Zeus Jones

Rabbit’s Foot
Fulton Beer


Mitrebox Framing Studio

R&M Diamonds

Thomas Printworks
Common Roots Cafe

Eylon and Mary Grimstad Benari
Ji and Dr. Tom Cho
Melissa and Steven Helland, Fredrikson & Byron
Tom Hoch and Mark Addicks
Dr. Herman Milligan, Jr
John Ollman
John and Michael Sammler-Jones

Icing On The Cake Art Opening

December 5 – 15, 2015

Opening reception, Saturday December 5th, noon – 6pm.

The Landmark Gallery
at Schmidt Artist Lofts – Brew House
900 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Matthew Rucker’s annual holiday show, Icing on the cake, kicks off on Saturday December 5th at Schmidt Artist Lofts, to coincide with the Schmidt Holiday Bazaar.

Matthew will be premiering numerous recent paintings, in two series – based on his common theme of yin and yang.

One series is of Hyper-realistic paintings on minimal backgrounds.
The other depicts silhouettes over detailed skyscapes.


Art Opening – Michael Thomsen – Mystery School

Saturday, Oct 3 7pm-12am
Music by MAKR

Runs Oct 3-31st @ Public Functionary
Gallery Hours: Tuesday 4pm-8pm / Wednesday 12-4pm / Friday 12pm-8pm / Saturday 7pm-11pm

Definition: Mystery School // a discreet organization that explores the nature of life and existence through ancient traditions and wisdom passed down from earliest times.

The root of inspiration behind Michael Thomsen’s Mystery School has been evolving since he was a child. From hours spent pouring over his grandfather’s collection of esoteric literature on subjects such as freemasonry and the Order of the Shrine, a life-long curiosity was born. Thomsen’s ongoing research of clandestine organizations and their intricate sub-genres and crossovers led him to discover many fascinating stories that range from true history to whispered speculation. Mystery School explores subjects such as evidence of ancient astronauts, obscure texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the mythological Cult of Dionysus and more.

In his new body of work, Thomsen exposes the strange and intriguing secrets of a shrouded culture. A stunning collection of enigmatic assemblage works, Thomsen’s creations cross ornate rococo sensibilities with a vivid contemporary edge, bringing modern interpretation to ancient symbology, reliquary and myth. Mystery School guides the viewer both visually and literally through the shadowy beliefs and speculations of historians and occultists throughout time. What is truth, what is fiction?

Art Shanty Projects Receives $100,000 Grant


Congratulations to Art Shanty Projects who recently received a 2015 ArtPlace America grant in support of their 2016-2017 On-Ice Programs.

Every year for the past decade Art Shanty Projects has organized and implemented a month long happening that turns a frozen lake surface into artist driven temporary community. They have served over 1000 artists and 60,000 visitors.

For more info on Art Shanty Projects go to –  www.artshantyprojects.org


From the Nemaa Website:
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 20 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country.
Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public.
Pick up an Artist Directory and Guide or download the 2015 Art-A-Whirl map
2015 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 15th –  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 16th –  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17th –   Noon-5:00 p.m.
View Art-A-Whirl FAQ’s and “How to Whirl” articles with suggestions on how to navigate the event.
View artwork within more than 50 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, including studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses, and restaurants.
Plan your visit with NEMAA’s Artist Directory and Guide, which includes information about the NEMAA artists, a map of Northeast Minneapolis and the Art-A-Whirl locations, a dining guide, and more. Pick up your free copy of the Artist Directory and Guide at the information booths during Art-A-Whirl, or starting in April at the California Building, Casket Arts Building, Keg House Arts Building, Northrup King Building, or Thorp Building in Northeast Minneapolis.
See the work of more than 600 artists in more than 20 mediums including clay, furniture, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and much more.
The artists’ open studio tours may include demonstrations, live performances, and large-scale exhibitions. Studio tours offer a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss techniques, experience art first-hand, and purchase unique artwork directly from the artists.
Art-A-Whirl gives you a unique opportunity to meet the artists who make our community so vibrant, and purchase artwork that you connect with. Art-A-Whirl also offers you several ways of becoming more involved in the local arts community.