First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)

Join author Dan Hill as he discusses his book First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art. What we choose to focus on, and how we feel about what we’re seeing, defines us. From TV show to movies, advertising, video games, on-line memes, and more, we live in a hyper-visual world. Much of the imagery we experience also flashes by us on a split-second basis, further challenging our visual IQ. How good are we at truly understanding what does and doesn’t grab our attention, and makes us care? This groundbreaking book tackles that question by using two unique scientific tools to provide objective, quantifiable see/feel answers.

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A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

Join us for a celebration, illumination, and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. Bandolier bags, or gashkibidaaganag — the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes—are prized cultural icons here and around the world. From the 1870s to the present day, Ojibwe bead artists of Minnesota have been especially well known for their lively, creative designs. Neighboring Dakota people would trade a pony for a beautiful beaded bag.

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MnArtists Informational Workshop

Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: Adults, All levels

This workshop will introduce you Mnartists digital platforms and public programs. You will learn how to register an account and create a profile on Learn how this website can benefit you as an artist through networking, collaborations, sharing artwork, creating events and more! Please bring a device (laptop, iPad), examples of your artwork and your CV.

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Hand Building from Models and Templates

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, October 12 & 13,
9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuition: $163 Member/$205 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels


Date/Time: Thursday, October 10, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

Originally from Minnesota, Eric studied anthropology in India, poetry in California, taught ceramics at a college in Thailand, and drove a muffin truck in New York City before apprenticing to ceramist Jeff Shapiro. He later completed a short term apprenticeship to Japanese Living National Treasure, Isezaki Jun. Eric exhibits and teaches internationally. In addition to playing with mud, he enjoys hiking, reading and checking the cloud formations for the face of Elvis.
Eric works in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Golden Acrylics Lecture & Demo

Date/Time: Saturday, October 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration Age/Level:
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Throughout this two-hour presentation you will hear tons of information about a variety of GOLDEN materials and their inherent possibilities. Extensive information about acrylic paint formulas, gels and mediums will be presented. In addition to all the information about acrylics, you will see numerous Mixed Media samples as well as a variety of Watermedia applications using both acrylics and GOLDEN’S QoR watercolors. Learn about mixing acrylic paints and gels together for engaging effects and about grounds that offer new surfaces to paint on. See examples of a variety of uses for gels and learn how to extend your paint to save yourself money. Open to all levels of painting experience; there is a little something for everyone! Information packets and free samples for all attending. Registration necessary.

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Celebrations to Remember

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman, two Finnish cooks and food personalities, have combined forces to publish a new book, Celebrations to Remember. Soile Anderson is known for her passion, creativeness and attention to detail, all resulting in extra-ordinary experiences for guests who enjoy her cuisine. Before she turned to writing her dream book of ideas and recipes, she founded Deco Catering, (serving President Obama and the Dalai Lama), the Taste of Scandinavia Bakeries and The Finnish Bistro restaurants. She also did a Scandinavian Mid-Summer Party for Martha Stewart Living magazine. Eleanor Ostman, a Finn from Hibbing, was a food writer and her Sunday column, Tested Recipes, appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press for three decades, resulting in a best-selling book, Always on Sunday and a newer version, Always on Sunday Revisited. She lent her expertise in writing, editing, and publishing to the book project. Meet these Twin Cities icons, have your book signed, discover new recipes and get fantastic tips on how to throw a great party.

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