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  1. MPLSART Sketchbook Project Exhibition

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    March 18th, 2022 – April 9th 2022
    MPLSART Sketchbook Project MPLSART and Gamut Gallery present the MPLSART Sketchbook Project Exhibition, exhibiting over 30 new original works from local artists featured in the 2021 project.

    Featuring: Adam Denton, Alex Kuno, Alison Arens, Alison Bergblom Johnson, Amit Michael, Angel Hawari, Caitlin Karolczak, Chuck U, CL Martin, Cory Favre, Danielle Pebbles, Shade Pratt, Hibaaq Ibrahim, Hilary Greenstein, Jaida Grey Eagle, John Sauer, John Schuerman, Kristina Fjellman, Margarita Sikorskaia, Mary Gibney, Melissa Lee Sisk, Micah Savage, Natalia Berglund, Nicholas Harper, Oni Sakti, Piotr Szyhalski, Ramses Alarcon, Renee Chartier, Ross Auger, Samuel Fleming, Sarah Nicole, Simone Needles, Yunior Rebollar Carbonell, and Yuya Negishi.

    We have partnered up with MPLSART once again for the second iteration of the MPLSART Sketchbook Project Exhibition. When the 2021 sketchbooks were near the end of their travels, MPLSART and Gamut Gallery connected again to host a brilliant exhibit to showcase the five original sketchbooks and new works from half of the artists contributing to the traveling project. 

    Given the magnitude of artists and limited wall space, an open call was sent to all 70 artists and the first 35 to respond would have the opportunity to showcase their original work in the exhibition. The roster filled up with established and emerging artists, creating an eclectic exhibition featuring muralists, studio artists, street artists, graphic novelists, collage artists, and more. Gamut attendees may recognize familiar names that have been on exhibit at Gamut in the past and can look forward to 18 new artists who will be exhibiting their work in the gallery for the first time. 

    The exhibition has no defined theme, only a set of guidelines – works had to be new originals and available for under $500. In addition to featuring 35 original works, the exhibition will also be an opportunity to see the five original sketchbooks first-hand before going to auction at St. Paul based Revere Auctions this May.

    Members Only & Press Preview Night:
    Thursday, March 17th  // 6–8 pm
    A VIP Preview Night for Gamut Gallery Members: become a member today!!l
    • Must be a Member to attend
    • Masks encouraged

    Public Opening Night:
    Friday, March 18th  // 6–9 pm
    • $7 pre-sales available until 4pm on 3.18
    • $10 door entry
    • FREE for Gamut Gallery Members
    • Masks encouraged

    Artists Talk Exhibit Finale:
    Saturday, April 9th // 10 am
    •$7 pre-sales coming soon, $10 at door
    • $5 for Members

    • Masks encouraged
    The talk art talk chain consists of curator Blaine Garrett and artists Samuel Fleming, Danielle Pebbles, Melissa Lee Sisk, and Piotr Szyhalski. This is not your typical artist talk. This talk will be a Q&A Chain — a method where Blaine Garrett, of MPLSART, will select a piece that intrigues him and ask the artists a couple of questions. From there, each chosen artist picks the next one, opening up the dialogue and inviting the artists to respond to each other.

    Complete list of artists involved in the Sketchbook Project:
    A Drew Hammond, Adam Denton, Alex Kuno, Ali Kahlert, Alison Arens, Alison Bergblom Johnson, Amit Michael, Angel Hawari, Anne Ulku, Anonymous, Barret Lee, Benjamin Brown, Caitlin Karolczak, Charles Denton, Chuck U, CL Martin, Cory Favre, Danielle Pebbles, FOLA (Shade Pratt),Hibaaq Ibrahim, Hilary Greenstein,Ivy Sendrijas, Jaida Grey Eagle, JDecker, John Sauer,John Schuerman, Jordan Wiebe, Joshua Cunningham, Joshua Wilichowsk, Jovan C. Speller, KNZ., Kristina Fjellman, Luis Fitch, Maddi Geislinger, Maiya Lea Hartman, Margarita Sikorskaia, Maria Epiphany Robinson, Marty McConnell, Mary Gibney, Matthew J. Bindert, Mel Sue Castillo, Melissa Lee Sisk, Melodee Strong, Micah Savage, Natalia Berglund, Nicholas Harper, Nicole L. Thomas, Noah Lawrence-Holder, Oni Sakti, Pete Driessen, Piotr Szyhalski / Labor Camp, Preston Drum, Ramses Alarcon, Renee Chartier, Ricardo Levins Morales, Ross Auger, Samuel Fleming, Sarah Nicole, Scott Neff, Simone Needles, Star WallowingBull, sunshine gao, Ta-coumba Aiken, Vickie LaCroix, W S Norton, Wenwen Liao, Xee Reiter, Yunior Rebollar Carbonell, and Yuya Negishi.

    About MPLSART
    MPLSART is a guiding voice in the Twin Cities visual arts community. Founded in 2005, MPLSART has been covering the best local exhibitions, artists, galleries, and more for nearly two decades. The Minneapolis and St. Paul arts community has long been hailed as one of the best in the nation and MPLSART works tirelessly to showcase the hard work of this amazing community as well as strive to create a more sustainable arts scene for all.

    The 2021 MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a unique survey of the Twin Cities visual arts community during another challenging year. Started in 2020 as a way to connect and support artists during the pandemic, the 2021 project is the second iteration bringing together a whole new set of amazing Twin Cities artists. Throughout 2021, 70 local artists contributed 120 original works to a series of five traveling sketchbooks. The project will be compiled into a beautiful limited edition book available for presale in March 2022 and the five original sketchbooks will be put up for auction with all net proceeds being divided among the 70 participating artists. Learn more about the 2021 MPLSART Sketchbook Project.

    FREE open hours starting Saturday, March 19th, 2022: Wednesday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday 11 am – 4 pm.

  2. Valure: (Va’ lure: to value)

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    Bethany Birnie, Bunny Portia, Caitlin Karolczak, C.L. Martin, Jane Wunrow, and Serah Sauser with a video installation piece from Jade Patrick

    Amidst the upheaval of 2016, one of the many things that remained uncertain as we entered a year with the new President-elect is how women’s rights would be affected. With this in mind, our inaugural show, Valure, highlighted a group talented female artists whose work was a challenging, powerful and visible reminder that women will not be silenced or devalued in the art world and beyond.

    The seven artists set out to deconstruct the confines of the idealized “feminine” and explore what it means to value the self while living within a society which places a taboo on aging and an endless fascination on youth. Influenced by dreams, individual identity and the metamorphosis of the body, this collection of work honored the physical, valuing life outside of the scope of the day-to-day.

    Wunrow’s abstract works created a collage fluidity, jumping between the physical world and the Divine ambiguity. In the same vein, Karolczak’s soft-lensed, anatomical disfigurations acted as the connective tissue between the somatic and the caprice. In both, the ephemeral was present but the outcome of death loomed like an ominous apparition, lightly-hued and visually arresting.

    Highlighting demonstrations of beauty through a voyeuristic gaze, artist Serah Sauser’s photographs invited us into a couture fantasy dipped in aberrancy. While Bethany Birnie’s whimsically macabre taxidermy pieces took callously discarded, ordinary roadkill and – with Frankenstein-esque creativity – reconstructed them into something dreamlike. By honoring the mortal chassis of these displaced animals, she placed worth on their life, both past and in their fantastical metamorphosis.

    A series of reflective, autobiographical paintings inspired by her summer job as a Playboy Bunny in the 70’s, Bunny Portia’s works were of the genre “Memento Mori,” which loosely translates into “remember that you will die.” Through photos of the “ideal figure” overlapping medical x-ray imagery, her paintings were intended as a symbolic reminder of the impermanence of beauty, including the arc of aging and mortality.

    Though each artist’s unique experience was apparent, their visual connection was a transcendent journey into the various ways society, culture and our own bias shape and often distort identity.

    Friday, January 27th 2017
    With live experimental dub music by local female electronic music producer Aimerie

    Friday, February 17th  2017 – $10
    Featured “Mannequin’s Daughter,” an original dance performance piece from Ghostbridge Theatre


  3. PBR Art Showcase: Minneapolis

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Wundr, Goat, Amy Bambi Wendt, Pseudo Manitou, Caitlin Karolczak, Brian Matthew Hart, Greta Claire, Angel Hawari, Dan Wieken and REPO


    When you open a crisp can of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR), it’s unlikely that your immediate thought involves art. PBR has been working to change that with “PBRart,” a boundary-less “call for art” devoted to merging the brand logo with artists from across the country. This year, Gamut Gallery is proud to be part of the second Minneapolis edition of a nation-wide art showcase series dedicated to the iconic PBR logo which highlights our own local visual artists.


    Beyond simply ubiquitously known and frequently drank, PBR has been a heavy supporter of the Minneapolis arts scene for many years. This year Gamut Gallery celebrates three years of sponsorship and this exhibit embodies our appreciation. For this one-night only event, we’ve selected 10 artists – as eclectic as the PBR drinkers themselves – to create new, original, PBR-inspired art pieces which incorporate elements of the logo and capture the essence of its culture. In addition to the PBR pieces, the participating artists are invited to showcase non-PBR-related works that represent each artist’s individual style, setting the stage for an eclectic exhibition of unpredictable nature.

    The exhibit’s reception will feature live painting in Gamut’s back courtyard from local creative collective, Rogue Citizen, plus sets from DJ Truckstache and friends.

    Friday, Sept. 9th 2016, 7-11pm
    Free and open to the public