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  1. 11th Annual Raging Art ON

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    The Gallery is now closed until February 2023! Get your art fix online as we have hundreds of works to choose from and will continue adding more pieces to our RAO collection through mid-January. As the shop is closed for our winter break, we will temporarily not be hosting in-store pick-ups but will continue shipping nationwide and delivering local orders. Happy Holidays & thank you for your continued support of Gamut and our artists.

     Shop small this holiday season, support local artists and support the Twin Cities art scene: RAO 2022 ❤️


    ​​FEATURED ARTISTS: Aaron Schmitz, Amit Michael, Ashtyn Sibinski, Astralchemy, Barret Lee, Bekah Worley, Benja Wuest, Betsey Giles (Rockin’ Octopus), Black Daze, Briana Auel, Bruno Press, Catherine Brinker, Cassie Garner, Destiny Davison, Eli Libson, Emily Floyd, Emily Forbes, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Genessis Lopez, Heather Renaux, Hilary Greenstein, Jorie Kosel, Josh Katzenmeyer, Juliana Ferguson (Hello Cross Stitches), Kate Johnson, Kathryn Flora, Keya Hutchins, Jenna Murphy, Jovy Rockey, Lauren Strom, Leeya Rose Jackson, Lindsee Boyer, Linnea Maas, Liza Ferrari, Madison Rubenstein, Malleus Pottery, Marne Skusa (Prajna Bodyworks), Martzia Thometz, Melissa Sisk, MK Metten(From MK with Love), Monica Helland, Nichole Showalter, Nina Perkins (Pompa Goods), Phaedra Odelle, Rachel Schroder (Ms. Stitch), Russ White, Sander Kolodziej, Sara Kahn (Imaginary Conservatory), Sari Lennick, Scott Seekins, Sydney Newman, Tiffany Lange, and Travis J. Collins.


    That chill you’re feeling in the air means Gamut’s 11th annual holiday market Raging Art On (RAO) is back again to deck your halls! Since the inception of Raging Art On in 2011, we have hand selected the artists, but leave the rest up to them, leaving it up to the artists to choose their best of the best for the holiday pop-up shop. Always sourced locally, we’re excited to welcome over 50 participants this year, some names and faces you may be familiar with from past RAO’s plus 23 NEW artists. With the gallery walls filled from floor-to-ceiling showcasing original works of all price points and mediums, tick off everyone on your list in a single shopping trip at Gamut. Whether it’s pottery, fiber art, paintings, prints, apparel, jewelry, or home goods that catches your eye, everything in the collection is ready to take home with you that day – giving you plenty of time to put off wrapping ‘til the very last minute.

    Members of the gallery are invited to preview the festivities on Thursday, December 1st from 5pm–9pm, followed by four weeks of in-person shopping open to the public. Snowed in? We’ve got you covered. RAO will be shoppable online so that you can support your community consciously from the comfort of your home (jammies and cocoa optional). All work will remain online to shop through January 10th. Happy holidays, gallery-goers!

    Member Only Preview Night
    Thursday, December 1st // 5-9pm
    Don’t miss first dibs on your favorite pieces!
    Not a Gamut Gallery member? Become one today.
    • Must be a Gamut Gallery Member to attend

    RAO Pop-Up Dates:
    December 2nd – December 23rd
    717 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    • In person shopping
    • Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am- 6pm

    Online Orders
    December 2nd – January 10th, 2023
    • Shipping available nationally
    Shop over 300 artworks online today!!

  2. Raging Art On

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    December 2nd – December 22nd in-person, online through January 11th, 2022  –
    Gamut Gallery’s annual holiday pop-up shopping event featuring floor-to-ceiling artwork, handcrafted gifts & more from over 50 MN Artists!


    ​​FEATURED ARTISTS: Third Daughter Restless Daughter, Astralchemy, Alexis Politz, allison anne, Anton Horishnyk, Amit Michael,  Ashley Nichole, Bekah Worley, Benja Wuest, Biafra, Black Daze, Cassie Garner, Carter Casmaer, Destiny Davison, Eli Libson, Emily Forbes, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Flahn Manly, Heather Renaux, Jamie Owens, Jenna Richardson, Jordan Wiebe, Jorie Kosel, Juliana Ferguson, Kathryn Flora, Lauren Storm, Linnea Maas, Liza Ferrari, Lora Hlavsa, Lucy Comer, Manthra Studio, Martzia Thometz, Marne Skusa, Nichole Showalter, Pompa Goods, Oh, Beehave!, Phaedra Odelle, Philipo Dyauli, Rachel Schroder, Russ White, Sara Kahn, Sarah Evenson, Scott Seekins, Sherstin Schwartz, stace of spades, Suyao Tian, Tierney Houdek, Tiffany Lange, Tom Jay, Trace, Zach Julen


    With so much to celebrate this year, Gamut’s 10th annual holiday market Raging Art On (RAO) is back!  We’re bursting at the seams with locally sourced art, helping you answer that age old question: what do you get the person that has everything? The gallery is transformed, filled from floor-to-ceiling with paintings, fiber art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, and stocking stuffers to choose from. You’ll never find yourself agonizing over holiday shopping again!

    Since the inception of Raging Art On in 2011, we have hand selected the artists, but leave the rest up to them!  In doing so, they choose their “best of the best” artworks spanning all sizes & price points creating the full Gamut of work. The gallery will feature 25 NEW artists alongside familiar names that we have shown throughout the years. Our holiday pop-up shop is the only time of the year where you can take your new found love off the wall & go home with them that same day!

    Members of the gallery are invited to get a preview of the festivities on Wednesday December 1st from 5pm–9pm, followed by three weeks of in person shopping open to the public. Snowed in? We’ve got you covered. RAO will be shoppable again this year on gamutgallerympls.com/shop so that you can support your community consciously from the comfort of your home (jammies and cocoa optional). For those who fall in love with a piece of art before the holidays but feel guilty about making that big purchase will have a chance to circle back via the online shop thru January 10th!

    While others at the office party are unwrapping mass-produced gifts bought from chain stores, you know that sustainability is the true gift that keeps on giving. Raging Art On reflects Gamut Gallery’s ethos of community, collaboration, the art of the happening and eco-consciousness. Gifts for sale at this cash-n-carry event are handmade locally and are in harmony with those values. In 2021, more than ever, let our artists be your elves and continue to support our vibrant community of local artists and makers.

    Members ONLY Preview Night
    Wednesday, December 1st // 5-9pm
    Our Members only “first dibs” opener is not to be missed!
    Not a Gamut Gallery member? Become one today!
    • Must be a Gamut Gallery Member to attend
    • Masks required in the gallery

    RAO POP-UP DATES:
    December 2nd – December 22nd // 11AM – 6PM
    • Masks required in the gallery
    WEEK 1 December 2nd – December 4th
    WEEK 2
    December 8th – December 11th
    WEEK 3 December 15th – December 18th
    LAST IN-PERSON DAY – December 22nd

    Online Orders
    December 2nd – January 11th
    • Selected works online
    • Shipping works will be available from Dec 2nd – Dec 22nd & resume Jan 13th
    • Shop all artworks at Raging Art On

     

  3. C4W:2021 Artist Talk

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    C4W:2021 Artist Talk Features: Alondra Marisol Garza, Benja Wuest, Katie Robinson, Tchana Pierre & curator Cándida González.

    Our guest curator, Cándida González, and Gamut Gallery’s director, Cassie Garner, sit down for a conversation with C4W artists; Alondra M. Garza, Benja Wuest, Katie Robinson & Tchana Pierre to share about their processes, ideations and perspectives on current events. For Cándida, these selected works embody a form of elemental energy that invites us to drop down from the chaos into the essential foundation of existence as life twists & changes around us. These artworks all create roots in the state of being that we return to in order to help us make sense of the confusion.

    About C4W:2021 – Elemental
    Our annual Call-4-Work exhibition is not a show that influences what art should be. Instead, the chosen guest curator brings their unique perspective and interpretation of the submitted works ranging the full “Gamut” of visual media. Through our guest curator’s lens and perspective, this body of work presented the theme Elemental. The gallery will play host to works that contain the roots of all existing matter – earth, air, water and fire – the essential principles of existence to life, death and human connection.

    C4W:2021 ELEMENTAL ARTIST TALK
    Wednesday, September 22nd ,7pm
    $5
    pre-sales ended at 3pm on 9.22.21
    $7door day of event,  FREE for members
    Pre-sales have closed
    • Entry will be available at the door
    • Masks required indoors


    Alondra Marisol Garza is a Tejana/Chicana artist. She was born on the Mexican side at the Rio Grande Valley borderlands of Mexico and South Texas. She later became a U.S. citizen, obtaining dual citizenship as a Mexican American, and moved to the U.S. She obtained a BFA at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and recently graduated from the MFA program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the U.S., Mexico, and Italy.

    Benja Wuest is a Minneapolis based artist working professionally in the field of sculpture and installation. He was trained as a painter and was introduced to three dimensional art forms by studying origami while living in a monastery in Japan. Returning to Minnesota Benja continued his studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a concentration in print, paper and book making so that he could continue to work with paper and utilize traditional printmaking techniques on his sculptures. While utilizing two dimensional printing techniques for three dimensional artwork, Benja naturally became interested in three dimensional printing. Building his own printer’s and being on the forefront of technology, the subject matter of his work developed around science, technology and the digital.

    Katie Robinson (all pronouns) is a student of love, trauma, and transformation. Their academic, poetic, artistic, and community work is curious about and present with individual and collective harm, such that our wounds may be understood outside of a modernist-colonial paradigm. As an abolitionist, they are a servant to transformation that occurs at the levels of the psyche, the nervous system, and the intimate relationship. Katie’s academic work, as a PhD student studying Depth Psychology, with a specialization in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Eco-Psychology and Indigenous Psychologies, has afforded them rigorous exposure to the harms of Western conceptions of mental health, as well as, in turn, a decolonial view of the psyche. They explore these concepts and many more as a co-host of the cute, critical and metaphysical podcast We Are Power Crystals, with Leah Garza and Jaison Perez. Katie lives in Minneapolis with their partner, cat, and dog.

    Tchana Pierre Born Leslie Nembo, Cameroon, 1999. The artist uses the alias Tchana Pierre, after the Cameroonian musical legend to alienate Leslie the artist from Leslie the chemist. Tchana Pierre uses art as a medium for storytelling. The artist’s works are inspired by his Christian upbringing in Cameroon, relocation to Nigeria to flee political violence in Cameroon in 2016 and subsequent relocation to the United States in 2017.

  4. Raging Art On

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Aaron Kibben, Aaron Schmitz, Allison Baker, Anna Brauch, Ashley Nichole, Barret Lee, Benja Wuest, Black Daze, Canaan Mattson, Cassie Garner, C.E. Hickman, Dawn Yang, Darwin Patrick, Eli Libson, Emily Forbes, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Heather Renaux, Jacob Eidem, James Kloiber, Jamie Owens, Jenna Richardson, Juliana Fergusson, Justice Jones, Kellan David, Lalunette Jewelry, Linnea Maas, Lora Hlavsa, Nelson Cain, Phaedra Odelle, Rachel Schroder, Reid Olson, Rock Johnsen, Roland Patrick, Ron Brown, Rose Weselmann, Russ White, Scott Seekins, Sherstin Schwartz, stace of spades & Witney Bjerke.


    As a local art gallery & retail space, the holidays are our favorite time of year! Nothing makes us happier than helping our community spread love through the arts. While gatherings and holiday arrangements feels a bit different this year, there is so much magic to be made this season. The event that kicked off Gamut’s inception is back for the 9th year in a row! A holiday shop in a gallery setting, Gamut provides a fun-filled, consumer-conscious alternative to chain stores and mall shopping. Our annual holiday retail shop, Raging Art On (RAO), will feature over a dozen new artists and many others that have been with us from the very beginning.

    With the exception of selecting the participants, Gamut leaves the rest up to the local artists. In doing so, they choose their works and the number of pieces they wish to show.  What emerges is a gallery filled with paintings, photos, prints, collectibles, jewelry, sculptures, and more! RAO will kick-off with a dedicated members only night on Tuesday, December 1st, followed by 3 weeks of FREE open gallery hours + selected works will remain available online through January 5th.

    As we continue to assess the evolving nature of COVID-19, Gamut Gallery will be operating under limited capacity to allow adequate social distancing. Additionally, to ensure everyone has access to a safe holiday shopping experience, patrons may request an appointment. We want our community to know above all, we hear you and we’re here for you. Hesitations towards crowds and anxiety around holiday planning are valid concerns. We will be keeping the gallery clean by actively sanitizing, temperature readings, and enforcing social distancing. We are also happy to announce that we will be providing alternatives to in-person shopping, such as online ordering, curbside pickup, virtual shopping appointments & private shopping sessions.

    Selected works featured in RAO will be available on Gamut’s website for those who wish to shop from the comfort of their home beginning Wednesday, December 2nd! Gamut Gallery will also be diligent with Instagram and Facebook live streams during our open hours. Go ahead and wear your pjs while shopping for your holiday essentials!

    Raging Art On reflects Gamut Gallery’s ethos of community, collaboration, the art of the happening and eco-consciousness. Artworks & gifts are cash-n-carry at our holiday sale, they are handmade locally and are in harmony with those values. In 2020, more than ever, let our artists be your elves and continue to support our vibrant community of local artists and makers.

    MEMBERS ONLY NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY:
    Tuesday, December 1st // 5-10pm
    Reserve your spot if you are a current Member and/or become a member today!! NEW! Individual & Dual Members will receive 10% all purchases on opening night, Platinum member(s) will receive 20% off!

    December 1st – December 2oth
    In person shopping Wednesdays – Saturdays from 11am – 6pm & Sundays by Appointment

    •  Only 8 guests in the gallery at a time.
    •  We collect info from all guests for contact tracing
    •  All temps will be checked at the door, high temps will not be allowed to enter.
    •  Hand sanitizer and extra masks available at the door.
    •  Gloves will be available to all guests who wish to handle work(s).
    •  Private hour long shopping sessions every Sunday from noon-4pm – Please book ahead on our website. 
    •  First hour of shopping will be available for the most vulnerable Wednesday – Saturday.

    December 2nd – January 5th • Selected Works Online

     

  5. In A Gallery Far, Far Away…

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Benja Wuest, Blaine Garrett, Brook Thompson, CL Martin, Cory Favre, Dani Frame, Drake Johnson, Erik Tiberius Lervold, Jacob Eidem, James Kloiber, Jeff Bockenhauer, Jesse Golfis, Jesse Quam, Joe Rheault, Kurtis Johnson, Leslie Barlow, Mark Dean, Matt Ihle, Russ White, Sean Lynch

     

    In A Gallery Far, Far Away… presents a celebration of Star Wars, paying homage to the franchise while including a variety of artists from different backgrounds working in various media, showcasing that Star Wars is not defined by George Lucas or Disney, but belongs to the fans. This exhibit will be on display for three days only with free viewing during our regular weekly hours (Thur-Sat 1-7pm), and will culminate with a proper party Saturday, December 16th, 7-11pm ($5 entry or free with gallery membership). The party will feature a live orchestral performance of the Star Wars theme song in addition to other inspired improvisations by Adam Conrad’s Improvestra. The Headspace Collective will bring us back to the times of the original Star Wars release by spinning late 70’s era disco, and Andy Fitton will contribute a space-inspired ambient DJ set to the festivities. Star Wars costumes are strongly encouraged.

     

    Whether you love it or hate it, Star Wars has been an influence on your life. Marking its 40th anniversary this year, spanning a multitude of media and connecting generations, the Star Wars franchise is pervasive to modern life. Even if you haven’t seen the films, countless musicians, artists, filmmakers and more have been shaped by the Star Wars-verse, the extensive range of products that have helped bring “nerd” culture into the mainstream. The eighth installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15th, and Gamut’s original crew members Mark Dean and Kurtis “Kujo” Johnson thought it fitting to present a Minneapolis artists’ ode to Star Wars: In A Gallery Far, Far Away…

     

    ABOUT THE CURATORS: The two curators came to Star Wars in different ways; Dean a die-hard fan from childhood, and Kujo more recently found affinity by watching the series with his son. The concept behind the exhibit is driven by Star Wars fandom. The curators are even planning to recreate a child’s bedroom, complete with posters, comics, and action figures. The exhibit was invitational at first, but as word spread about the show, Dean and Kujo decided to put out a call for submissions, recognizing that there are so many unique styles pushing the envelope in exciting and innovative ways. The artists were asked not only to think about the impact of Star Wars on their lives, but also to think about the larger galaxy and cosmos to gain inspiration for their works. Not limited to branded franchise imagery, artists were encouraged to explore Star Wars world phenomenon, inspiring a wide variety of works that collectively create an environment rich in imagination.


    PARTY NIGHT:
    Saturday December 16th // 7-11pm
    $5 or FREE w/membership
    Costumes encouraged + live music from Andy Fitton, Improvestra & The Headspace Collective

    FREE OPEN HOURS:
    Thursday December 14th // 1-7PM
    Friday December 15th // 1-7PM
    Saturday December 16 th // 1-7PM





  6. Cyber Cerebrum Finale

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: BENJA WUEST & JACOB EIDEM

    For the exhibit finale of #CyberCerebrum, Benja and Jacob have invited their friend, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ranelle LaBiche. LaBiche is know for her former band BAE Tigre & her current project elle pf.

    The finale also includes DJ sets from The Headspace Collective, a collective of artists providing space for heads, using set and setting along with music and spoken word to access your mind ’till you shake your behind. Featuring Medicinall, Tek Fox, DJ Miss Elaine Eos and Shannon, the collective provides everything from acid and experimental to ambient chill vibes and deep, sexy house music for all-night groove-action. To make the night extra special, Headspace Collective member, Neal Fox (aka Tek Fox) will be celebrating his birthday! Come down and give him a Gamut hi-five and help celebrate the art of #CyberCerebrum one last time.

     

    EXHIBIT FINALE
    Friday, August 4th, 7-11pm $5
    Live performance by Ranelle LaBiche
    & DJ sets from The Headspace Collective

     

    ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
    Incorporating digital consciousness into an analog process, the works in Cyber Cerebrum set out to bring contemporary “cyber culture” to a place of visual cognition. Using intricate sculptures and paintings, Benja and Jacob’s work mirrors the infrastructure systems and databases of the internet, creating work which reshapes the self and the psyche. Together, Benja and Jacob’s multi-directional works create a cohesive collection that represents the visual truth of the virtual world. Cyber Cerebrum unites virtual erudition with the optic modes of “seeing” digital, creating a mindfulness and sensory awareness surrounding it.

  7. Cyber Cerebrum

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Benja Wuest and Jacob Eidem

    As we are impelled into the digital era, an endless array of virtual information continues to change and displace how we experience, respond and imagine art. What we are and what we are not (i.e the self) is perpetually altered. Incorporating digital consciousness into an analog process, the works in Cyber Cerebrum set out to bring contemporary “cyber culture” to a place of visual cognition. Using intricate sculptures and paintings, Benja and Jacob’s work mirrors the infrastructure systems and databases of the internet, creating work which reshapes the self and the psyche.

    A continuation of his previous series, the Daughters of Divinity, which explored the symbol of the self within a cosmic environment, Jacob’s new body of work explores how the internet manifests a universal consciousness within a physical form. This exhibit ushers in a series of firsts for Jacob – his first time using palette knives, spray paint and stencils, wood as canvas and incorporating self-shot photography. His layered canvas panels create large-scale symmetrical, “michromatic” paintings which explore the “micro” (shrinking down technology to an accessible form) and “chromatic” (color). Using primary hues as the base for his color palette, he finds the infinite within the finite.

    Relying on computer processing for execution, Benja continues to explore 3D printing, using a self-built 3D printer to produce scans on wood paneling. Through the use of hydro dripping and layering different mediums – auto body paint, pva, enamel and poa plastic – to 3D printed structures, he creates a textured aliveness. Incorporating the female form into his 3D sculptures, Benja’s work speaks to the integration of humans and technology.

    Together, Benja and Jacob’s multi-directional works create a cohesive collection that represents the visual truth of the virtual world. Cyber Cerebrum unites virtual erudition with the optic modes of “seeing” digital, creating a mindfulness and sensory awareness surrounding it.

    EXHIBIT OPENING
    Saturday, July 15th 7-11pm // $5
    Featuring music by Stahlmann and Sands & Franco Baj

    COLAB ART NIGHT
    Thursday, July 20th 8-11pm // $5
    All visual disciplines welcome; painting, drawing, sewing, design, projection, photography, sculpture, collage and more.

    EXHIBIT FINALE
    Friday, August 4th 7-11pm $5
    With a live performance  byRanelle LaBiche
    & DJ sets from The Headspace Collective

    OPEN HOURS
    *Free* Thursdays – Saturdays 1-7pm // Or by appointment

    About the Artists
    Benjamin Wuest is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist working primarily in 3D printing, sculpting and modeling. He was traditionally trained in painting and having taken an interest in Zen, he travelled to Japan to live in monasteries and to seek out a teacher of sumi-e ink painting. Though he never found this teacher, Benja found one of a different discipline, that being origami. Returning to the U.S., he attended MCAD with a concentration in print, paper, and book making. He chose this concentration primarily to tie Eastern and Western artistic practices together by utilizing traditional printing methods on paper and then folding sculptures to create three dimensional artworks. He was not interested solely in tying Western and Eastern methods of working, but also in tying concepts of Eastern spirituality and Western scientific canons. With an interest in science and technology all the while printing in 2D to create 3D sculptures, 3D printing was a natural step. His current work takes an interest in tying humanity to technology through 3D scanning models in combination of appropriating design elements and geometry inspired from the digital environment.

    Minneapolis artist, Jacob Charles Eidem is most recognized by his neon-pastel color palette and his celestial representation of the female form. After studying at MCAD, he turned his attention to the Minneapolis music scene as a live performance painter and adopted the role of administrator for the MISC artist collective. Later, he partnered with Benjamin Wuest, sharing a studio while focusing on exhibitions, design commissions and mural work. In the past year, Jacob has devoted himself to his new series, Michromatic. This series evolved from the previous, Daughters of Divinity, a body of work featuring cosmic environments and celestial concepts. Jacob developed the Michromatic aesthetic by experimenting with analog methods to depict a digital environment. He uses geometric mark making to fractalize the female form and bind it to the environment. Michromatic’s concept depicts universal consciousness manifesting itself through cyberspace. It is a representation of the human condition in a digital society.