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  1. MPLSART Sketchbook Project Exhibition

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    April 10 – May 8, 2021
    MPLSART and Gamut Gallery present the MPLSART Sketchbook Project Exhibition.

    FEATURING: AK Garski, allison anne, Annie Hejny, Ben DiNino, Betsy Alwin, Black Daze, Christopher E. Harrison, Christopher Carr, Christopher Aaron Deanes, Colee Recke, Derek Meier, Destiny A. Davison, Hend Al-Mansour, Jamie Owens, Jennifer Davis, Jesse Quam, Jon Reischl, Kar-Keat Chong, Kelsi Sharp, KJ, Krista Anderson-Larson, Kristine Fretheim, Leeya Jackson, Lizardman, Lora Hlavsa, Nicholas Alan Straight, Niky Motekallem, Philipo Dyauli, Reid Olson, Reggie LeFlore, Russ White, Sean Ferris, Stacey Combs, Tony Cheng, Tyler Faketrap


    The 2020 MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a unique survey of the Twin Cities visual arts community during one of the most challenging years. 68 local artists contributed 120 pages of original work to a series of five traveling sketchbooks. The sketchbooks have been compiled into a beautiful 88 page hardcover book available for presale via Kickstarter March 2nd with all net-proceeds split among the featured artist.

    When the sketchbooks were near the end of their travels, MPLSART connected with Gamut Gallery to host a pop-up exhibit to showcase the five original sketchbooks. Collaboratively, the concept evolved into a full length exhibition, featuring new works from a wide selection of the artists contributing to the project. 

    Given the magnitude of artists and limited wallspace, an open call was sent to all 68 artists and the first 35 to respond would have the opportunity to showcase an original work in the exhibition. In less than 24 hours, 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 13 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. Many artists drew inspiration from their sketchbook pages. 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.

    Members Only & Press Preview Night:
    Friday, April 9th  // 6-9pm

    A VIP Preview Night for Gamut Gallery Members:
    become a member today!!
    – Existing Members RSVP for FREE
    – 45 minute reserved tour sessions
    – 10 visitors per tour
    – Masks required
    – Temperature taken upon entry
    – Please stay home if you are feeling unwell

    Public Opening Night:
    Saturday, April 10th  // 5-9pm • $7
    – 45 minute reserved tour sessions
    Pre-sale tickets required
    – 10 visitors per tour
    – Masks required
    – Temperature taken upon entry
    – Please stay home if you are feeling unwell


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 over a decade. The Minneapolis and St. Paul arts community has long been hailed as one of the best in the nation and we work tirelessly to showcase the hard work of this amazing community as well as strive to create a more sustainable arts scene for all.

 

  • Virtual Web XR Finale

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    Check out the VR Gallery Today! —> https://virtualrem5.com/DaAcLFq/prestigious-twin-rendezvous

    FEATURING: Alejandro Zhang, Amina Harper, Andrea Osterhout, Anna Brauch, Anna Johnson, Barret Lee, Brandon Movall, Canaan Mattson, Christopher E. Harrison, Claire Hickman, Colee Recke, Corrie Steckelberg, David Mueller, Destiny Davison, Eduardo Salgado, Erin Paradis, Jacqueline Nuzzo, Jamie Owens, Jessica Kitzman, Justice Jones, Kate Sciandra, Kehayr Myles-O’Shaé Brown-Ransaw, Kelsi Sharp, Leah Edelman-Brier, Leeya Jackson, Lora Hlavsa, Lynda Mullan, Margaret Lindahl, Martzia Thometz, Matthew J. Bindert, Merick Reed, Nicole Thomas, Philipo Dyauli, Reid Olson, Ron Brown, Russ White, S. Catrin Magnusson, Sherstin Schwartz, Sidney Coleman, Stephanie C Friest, Suyao Tian & Torey Erin.


    Welcome back to our virtual gallery space for the finale of this year’s Annual Call for Work Exhibition. The chosen 43 works will tell you stories and let everything else slip away for a moment, releasing judgement allowing the art to do the work in the revamp of our vr gallery space. Navigate your avatar as you float through ideas of projection, optimism, truth, and action. The virtual gallery creates a wild, saturated world that breathes life into us from behind your computer screen. These elements convey a hopeful and restorative life ahead, needed and perhaps appreciated now more than ever.

    At the finale you may meet the artists behind these stories, hang out with your friends, and make your way through this rich, fertile ground featuring jewel tones that actively pull everything together. Welcome the magnetic pieces as they imagination and occupy your whole mind. Finally, Make your way to our back courtyard that contains a few new twists & turns from local artist Brian Skalak. At the end of your visit, if you see a piece you love, you can support these artists & the gallery through the click of your mouse!

    C4W:2020 Finale Virtual Web XR:
    Friday, November 13th 2020
    Online Meet-up: 7-9pm // FREE
    Featuring this years Call for Works Artists and courtyard take-over by Brian Skalak

    • Late to the party, you’ll be able to wait in a virtual lobby until a spot opens up so don’t leave if we’re full.
    • Attend from your home, via laptop or VR headset from your web browser
    Click to Learn how to onboard & navigate the space


    FROM THE CURATOR:
    “Lush Future developed around ideas of projection, optimism, truth, and action – creating a wild, saturated world that breathes life into us from every angle. Revealed in a body of work by 42 artists, these elements convey a hopeful and restorative life ahead. Biological elements invite inspiration of growth through texture, material, pattern, and figure. This rich, fertile ground features jewel tones pulling everything together, welcoming wet, magnetic pieces to pull at the imagination and occupy your whole mind.” – Katie Garrett

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    FEATURING: Alejandro Zhang, Amina Harper, Andrea Osterhout, Anna Brauch, Anna Johnson, Barret Lee, Brandon Movall, Canaan Mattson, Christopher E. Harrison, Claire Hickman, Colee Recke, Corrie Steckelberg, David Mueller, Destiny Davison, Eduardo Salgado, Erin Paradis, Jacqueline Nuzzo, Jamie Owens, Jessica Kitzman, Justice Jones, Kate Sciandra, Kehayr Myles-O’Shaé Brown-Ransaw, Kelsi Sharp, Leah Edelman-Brier, Leeya Jackson, Lora Hlavsa, Lynda Mullan, Margaret Lindahl, Martzia Thometz, Matthew J. Bindert, Merick Reed, Nicole Thomas, Philipo Dyauli, Reid Olson, Ron Brown, Russ White, S. Catrin Magnusson, Sherstin Schwartz, Sidney Coleman, Stephanie C Friest, Suyao Tian & Torey Erin.

    Curated by: Katie Garrett


    Gamut Gallery’s 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. When Katie Garrett accepted the challenge of curating this year’s C4W: 2020, she practiced an exercise in responsive curation, empowering the 175 artists to lead the way through all 745 submissions.

    On par for C4W, the 2020 submissions were a wild slice of the local art scene. A cross section of who saw the call, and who felt compelled to contribute. It was especially heartening to discover a collection of submissions from artists novel to the gallery. As a step toward more balanced representation, Gamut Gallery waived all submission fees for Black Artists and Artists of Color. This is a practice that we will continue with progressing into the future, opening the door to artists that may not have had the accessibility in previous years.

    A theme emerged around ideas of projection, optimism, truth, and action – creating a wild, saturated world that breathes life into us from every angle. Revealed in a body of work by 42 artists, these elements convey a hopeful and restorative life ahead. Biological elements invite inspiration of growth through texture, material, pattern, and figure. This rich, fertile ground features jewel tones pulling everything together, welcoming wet, magnetic pieces to pull at the imagination and occupy your whole mind. These chosen 43 works tell you stories and let everything else slip away for a moment, releasing judgement allowing the art do the work.

    Back to Back Openings:
    Friday October 9th & Saturday October 10th
    7pm – 10pm • $5 // FREE for Gamut Members
    Shop the Collection!

    • 45-minute ticketed tour times
    • 4 tours each night
    • 20 visitors per tour
    • Masks required
    • Temperature taken upon entry
    • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell



    ABOUT THE CURATOR:
    Since 2005, MPLSART has been the Twin Cities’ best resource to access local art. Katie and team have been running the site since 2014. MPLSART is dedicated to building a larger art audience, and being a voice for under represented and emerging artists. Since 2017, Katie has used a curatorial role with The Hive Salon in Minneapolis as an experimental opportunity to develop her relationship with local artists and introduce new work to the clientele. In early 2019, Katie was selected to jury Wintertide, produced by Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), facilitated by Public Functionary.

    Katie delights in applying her decade-long background in advertising to the fine arts, elevating the role of art in everyday life. She wants everyone to know how much better life is with meaningful art on your walls and artists as friends. She is determined to make an art-lover (and art-buyer) out of every resident in MSP.

     

  • C4W:2019

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    Featuring Alex Petersen, Ashlyn Boehme, Christopher E. Harrison, Christopher Palbicki, Claire Hickman, Carissa Fern, Danielle Peters, Darren Terpstra, Dawid Mludzik, Derek  Meier, Emily Dzieweczynski, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Hilary Greenstein, Jacob Docksey, Jacob Yeates, Jeffrey Hansen, Jeremy Jones, Karine Rupp-Stanko, Koldkral, Loretta Bebeau, Maggie Dimmick, Marcia Haffmans, Matthew Bindert, Meg Lionel Murphy, Mike Ewaldt, MollieRae Miller, Murad Sayf, Natalia Berglund, Ron Brown, Russ White, Scott Roper, Shhhhame, Stephanie Friest, Taylor Robers, and Yuta Uchida.

    Gamut Gallery’s annual Call 4 Work and upcoming exhibition never has a pre-fixed theme. The chosen guest curator brings their unique perspective and interpretation of the submitted works ranging the full “Gamut” of visual media. When Teqen Zéa-Aida accepted the challenge of curating this year’s C4W: 2019, he allowed his mind to lead quietly, without prejudice, while sorting through the 722 submissions from 177 artists.    

    Through the artists’ works, Zéa-Aida began to feel a very real sense of urgency emerge, an immediacy borne of the political, cultural, and environmental turmoil of our times. As a result, he has selected works from 36 artists, creating a collection of more than 40 artistic statements about place and space, sensory reactions to drastically changing—and degrading—surroundings. This year’s show will feature works that are centered around community, emotions, and people; a push back against loss of self. 

    SHOP THE COLLECTION TODAY!

    EXHIBIT OPENING​​
    Thursday, September 12th 7-10pm •$5, Free for Members
    Curated by Teqen Zéa-Aida
    Returning this year, there will be two “Best in Show” awards. One will be selected by the guest curator and the other by opening night attendees. Both winners will be awarded $100 cash and Platinum Memberships to Gamut Gallery ($300 value). You will not want to miss the opportunity to help one of these artists take best in show. Mark your calendars for opening night!

    ART POP! Block Party
    Saturday, September 21st • FREE // Noon – 6pm
    Celebrate the dynamic local businesses of the Elliot Park Arts Quarter with live music, live art, local vendors and community

    C4W:2019 Art Talk
    Saturday, September 28th • $5 pre-sale, $7 door, Free for Members // 11am – 1pm
    Teqen Zéa-Aida and Director Cassie Garner sit down for a conversation with C4W artists

    CoLab Art Night
    Thursday, October 10th • $7 pre-sale, $10 door , $5 for Members // 7pm – 10pm
    Work together, collaborate, or work solo.
    Let the creative energy between the exhibit & other CoLab attendees inspire you. 


    ABOUT THE CURATOR
    For 25 years Teqen Zéa-Aida has been a business, cultural, and artistic force in Minneapolis. Zéa-Aida was cofounder of the iconic Vision Management Group, Inc. modeling agency, and the founder of the equally iconic—now nomadic—City Wide Artists inner city art gallery. Zéa-Aida described himself as someone with deep ties to the city’s art, fashion, and philanthropy communities, with a long-time resident’s knowledge of its inner-city neighborhoods. Today, Teqen works at the prominent Faricy Law Firm, P. A. and is deeply involved in local politics.

    “One has to allow the brightest talent of the moment to reach inside themselves and pull forth work that represents the energy, anxiety, and creativity of today. And of course, one has to hope that dreamed-of artists actually come through. But isn’t this the nature of art itself? Time and time again, during moments of collective confusion work can, should, and will emerge from toxicity and emptiness. I hope I’ve put together a taste of that confusion, and encapsulated the resulting battle to retain our individual and collective sense of self.” – Zéa-Aida

  • C4W:2019 Art Talk

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    Guest Curator Teqen Zéa-Aida and Director Cassie Garner sit down for a conversation with C4W artists, including, Dawid Mludzik, Meg Lionel Murphy, Koldkral and Shhhhame. Learn about their individual processes, their ideation and their feelings on current events.

    Gamut Gallery’s annual Call 4 Work exhibition never has a pre-fixed theme. The chosen guest curator brings their unique perspective and interpretation of the submitted works ranging the full “Gamut” of visual media. When Teqen Zéa-Aida accepted the challenge of curating this year’s C4W: 2019, he allowed his mind to lead quietly, without prejudice, while sorting through the 722 submissions from 177 artists.

    Through the artists’ works, Zéa-Aida began to feel a very real sense of urgency emerge, an immediacy borne of the political, cultural, and environmental turmoil of our times. As a result, he has selected works from 36 artists, creating a collection of more than 40 artistic statements about place and space, sensory reactions to drastically changing—and degrading—surroundings. This year’s show features works that are centered around community, emotions, and people; a push back against loss of self.

    FEATURED ARTISTS
    Alex Petersen, Ashlyn Boehme, Christopher E. Harrison, Christopher Palbicki, Claire Hickman, Carissa Fern, Danielle Peters, Darren Terpstra, Dawid Mludzik, Derek Meier, Emily Dzieweczynski, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Hilary Greenstein, Jacob Docksey, Jacob Yeates, Jeffrey Hansen, Jeremy Jones, Karine Rupp-Stanko, Koldkral, Loretta Bebeau, Maggie Dimmick, Marcia Haffmans, Matthew Bindert, Meg Lionel Murphy, Mike Ewaldt, MollieRae Miller, Murad Sayf, Natalia Berglund, Ron Brown, Russ White, Scott Roper, Shhhhame, Stephanie Friest, Taylor Robers, and Yuta Uchida.

    ART TALK
    Saturday, September 28th // 11am – 1pm
    $5 pre-sale, $7 door, Free for Members
    Get your pre-sale today!
    * This is a limited capacity event we recommend purchasing in advance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dawid Mludzik  is a Polish-American multidisciplinary artists currently living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mludzik is a veteran engineer of the United States Air Force. He studied at the University of North Dakota as well as the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Mludzik recieved a BA in Art, from the University of North Dakota in 2018. His works have been displayed in private galleries, museums, as well as international exhibitions.

    Meg Lionel Murphy compulsively paints heartbroken womxn that magically grow larger, stronger, and scarier than the world around them. As the paintings grow in number, she grows just a little larger, stronger, and scarier too. When not painting, she divides her time between working as the Art + Story Director of Pollen and volunteering as Editor-in-Chief of Paper Darts.

    Shhhhame is a non binary artist living in Saint Paul working in various mediums. Although their current primary focus is painting they also engage in mixed media, design, illustration, film, photography, woodwork, & textile. Growing up in a art based family structure influenced many early creative endeavors. Shame learned how to sew before they could read at age seven & fell deeply in love with the satisfaction & control of manifesting dreams. Currently they are exploring relationship with self through portraits & textiles of humans who inspire self love.

    KOLDKRAL is a Turkish artist based in Minneapolis. Coming from a background in music, more recently he explores art through a visual variety. From Painting, to photography, and miscellaneous design – KOLDKRAL uses art as a coping mechanism to escape the confines of formality and structure in everyday life. Much of the themes present in their art are provoked by the desire to stray away from surface level realities. “Music is something far more than what my ears can hear. At first I started to see colours in music..Now it’s become scenes, landscapes, beings, and worlds. Music and visual arts hold the same weight for me. It’s a warhead for me to push a button on that will obliterate toxic worlds that we are living through. The days where a person could only focus on one medium are long gone. I’ve got the mind and will to create worlds from anything – how could I not do what I want?”

     

  • C4W:2018

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    ARTISTS // Aaron Brand, Annie Hejny, Benjamin Wuest, Carla Rodriguez, Christopher E. Harrison, Christopher Palbicki , CL Martin, Derek Dwyer, Desi Moore, Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl, Eric Mueller, Erik Farseth, Grace Sippy, Jacob Docksey, James Schenck, Julia Wilson, Lisa Pemrick, Maggie Dimmick, Maxwell Mateikis, Meranda Turbak, Mic Stowell, Natalia Berglund, Nicholas Kovatch, Phaedra Odelle, Philip Noyed, Polly Norman, Roger Johnson, Terry Barczak, & Toni Gallo.


    From political statements to traditional expression, delicate intricacies to abstracted geometries, human intimacy to surreal landscapes – C4W: 2018 curated by Tara LaPlante presents a kaleidoscopic range of styles, mediums, and artists’ points of view. More than 120 artists participated in Gamut Gallery’s “C4W: Call for Work” this year, submitting up to 5 pieces each of a wide range of visual media, including: video, installation art, sculpture, experimental technology, photography, fiber, drawing, painting, and collage.

    While there is no predetermined theme for the C4W exhibitions, the guest curator brings their unique perspective and interpretation to the submitted works. LaPlante was particularly fascinated by the diversity of the submissions – a characteristic that embodies Gamut’s approach to programming, where we strive to run the gamut of various styles, content and media – and made her selections based on their high standard of work and distinct quality. “My vision is to immerse the viewer within the broad and bold strokes of these art forms together, saturated in the idea that diversity in itself can create strength, set intrigue, and act as the spark for conversation and humanity,” said LaPlante.  

    New this year, there will be two “Best in Show” awards. One will be selected by the guest curator and the other by opening night attendees. Both winners will be awarded $100 cash and Platinum Memberships to Gamut Gallery ($250 value). In addition to the opening reception, there will be other special events during the course of the exhibit: the 2nd annual Members Gala will be held on Saturday, November 10th; and, a screening of locally-produced short dramas will serve as the exhibit finale on Saturday, November 17th. Stay tuned to gamutgallerympls.com and our various social media channels for more information and special announcements leading up to the exhibit, plus more event details listed below.


    OPENING NIGHT
    Thursday October 25th, 7-11pm
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership


    ANNUAL MEMBERS GALA
    Saturday November 10th, 7-11pm
    Libations, Dancing, Art & Live Music
    Admittance with Gallery Membership

    EXHIBITION FINALE
    Saturday November 17th, 7-10pm
    Screening of locally-produced short dramas presenters tba
    Curated by Jade Patrick
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership



    ABOUT THE CURATOR
    Tara LaPlante is a visual artist, founder of the multimedia events brand Futra, and business manager for the motion graphics studio Immanent. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated from Montana State with a BFA in Painting in 2000, and studied Art History abroad at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. After school she moved back to the Midwest to continue her creative endeavors. In Minneapolis, she co-founded the art collective Offbeat Gallery and record label Timefog, which was home to many international techno artists.

    Tara’s relocation to Los Angeles in 2009 formed a change in her vision. The fusion of dance music culture and visual arts became the source of inspiration for Futra. Founded in 2012, this multimedia experience brand features DJ’s, producers, designers, performers, and visual artists through releases, podcasts, club events, and art spaces. Since 2015, the focus of Futra has altered to generating large-scale, concept-driven, multimedia gallery shows. Her personal art is colorful, abstract, and ranges from expressionistic to minimal in style. She currently works in painting, paper collage, and textile arts.

  • Atelophobia 3

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Tara Costello, Nashana Reding-Tuomi, Jesse Matthew Petersen, BDD Downs, Lisa Pemrick and Christopher E. Harrison.

    Atelophobia is the original 2015 group show title of four abstract artists from the Twin Cities area. Artist BDD Downs curated the artists for this initial exhibition as a way to showcase his own body of abstract artwork. Downs discovered that when he broadens his focus beyond his personal artistic output to include the work of others, the process of creating art is strengthened by the dialogue within the collective. Through this practice, the group is able to create a more purely abstract art entity, rather than simply responding to a selected premise of an “abstract” art show.

    The name Atelophobia was selected by one of the founding collective members Jesse Matthew Petersen. Atelophobia is a psychological condition marked by a phobia of imperfection, or the fear of not being good enough. This anxiety for abstract artists stems from trying to achieve artistic perfection in a stylistic form which should by definition have no boundaries or rules.

    The first exhibition in 2015 at St. Cloud’s Gallery Vault included Tara Costello, Nashana Reding-Tuomi, Jesse Matthew Petersen and BDD Downs. The second installment took place the next year in Oneonta, NY and included the addition of Lisa Pemrick. The show included a mixture of collaborative and solo work. This next iteration at Gamut Gallery will include new work from all artists of the group along with newcomer Christopher E. Harrison. The artists of Atelophobia are not afraid to be absorbed by the abstract. Each artist’s works, while abstracted in form, maintain a different and distinct style unique to the spirit and intention of the individual. 

    Opening Night
    Saturday  August 11, 7-11pm
    With DJ Neckbrace aka Jeff Mooridian Jr.
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership

    Exhibit Finale
    Thursday September 6, 7-10pm
    Comedy Night curated by Fletcher Wolfe
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership

    Work featured: Merman’s Birth by Christopher Harrison