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    FEATURING: Interact artists – Bill Crane, Janice Essick, Michael Engebretson, Kramer Hegenbarth, HML, Ashlea Karkula, Cyrus M., and Lucy Picasso – alongside eight artist instructors – Joli Grostephan (@ariesmoonrise), Jeremy Jones @jeremy.jones.art), Presley Martin (@presley), Derek Meier (@derek_august_ ), Phoebe Mol (@dogwithnoteeth), Simone Needles (@paintinkflowersyarnwine), Jonas Specktor (@specktorart) and Nora Rickey (@noradolora).

    Manifesting themes of collaboration and material exchange, Gamut Gallery partners with Interact Center to host Coaction this fall.  Produced by guest curator Derek Meier, the group exhibition features work from eight multidisciplinary Interact artists alongside eight artist instructors.  Together, the collective exhibits individual pieces and joint works, showcasing creative dialogues and accessibility within the arts – from a book of poems and paintings by Cyrus M. and Jonas Spektor to an intricate wearable set by Lucy Picasso and Phoebe Mol. Through paintings, sculpture, drawing, fiber arts, and written word, Coaction offers the viewer a glimpse into Interact Center’s artist community and its combined energies. 

    “Interact artists selected for this exhibition have a longstanding, dedicated studio practice within our organization. The curation of each collaborative pairing was centered on selecting artists who engage in similar mediums or subject matter utilizing different approaches, creating a visual conversation that extends through the process,” states Derek. “Coaction continues Interact’s mission to have the work of these artists shown in the same light as other professional artists within the same market. 

    Since we opened our doors a decade ago, Gamut’s mission is to foster a community that spans all disciplines, lifestyles, and backgrounds. For that reason, we deeply appreciate the opportunity to partner with Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts studio artists and their instructors to facilitate the breadth of these works within our own gallery space.

    About Accessibility: Gamut strives to make its programs a welcoming and accessible experience for all. If there is something that we can do to make it easier to experience an exhibition, please contact us at art@gamutgallerympls.com 

    Saturday, October 22nd // 4-9 PM
    $10 day of the event / $7 pre-sale / FREE for Members
    • 4-6 PM with low volume, sensory friendly hours
    • 6-9 PM DJ Buddah Jankey

    Gamut Gallery’s Annual Black Tie Members Gala
    Saturday November 12th, 7-11PM
    (no regular open hours at the gallery this day in preparation for the event)
     21+ event, Must be a Gamut Gallery Member to attend
    • DJ Megan O + Edith Porter with Still  Us + Jeff Swiff of House Proud and Nicewon Recordings
    •Ambiance provided by Coaction Exhibition + Sober Sally’s + Enticing Entertainment + Tarot Card readings by Crox Apollo + Photographer Caleb Timmerman

    Looking to become a Member? Membership levels range from $60 – $300.

    As a Gamut Gallery member, you receive free admission to all exhibition openings and closings, as well as invitations and discounted tickets to preview events, such as VIP access to our annual Raging Art On holiday marketplace. Gallery members are committed to the local art scene and we celebrate them bi-annually with a Spring Celebration and our black-tie Member’s Gala in the fall.

    Please note: Gamut Gallery will be closed on Saturday, November 12th for our Annual Members Gala.
    FREE open hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 4pm We are available by appointment, please request an appointment 48 hours in advance.

    About Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts:
    Interact is a progressive visual arts studio and theater company whose work challenges the perceptions of disability.  Since 1996, Interact has worked to advance the recognition of professional working artists, uniting disparate artistic identities, abilities, and backgrounds in the spirit of radical inclusion.  The Visual Arts Department houses a roster of over 70 artists.  Learn more at interactcenter.org.

    About Curator Derek Meier:
    Derek Meier is a painter and mixed media artist based in St. Paul, MN, where he works with artists with disabilities as a Client Service Coordinator at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (St. Paul, MN) and as an Art Outreach Educator through Artistry (Bloomington, MN). Meier received a BFA with a focus in Studio Painting from the University of South Dakota.