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Internationally known Minnesota wildlife artists Joe, Bob and Jim Hautman have proved so popular that the Minnetonka Center for the Arts is extending its show of their work through Tuesday, October 29. This adds three days to the exhibit which was originally scheduled to close October 26.
The brothers will also sign reproductions of their artwork at a public reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24. Prints of their images will be available for purchase that evening.
Organized by architect Jim Dayton, the exhibit is the first in which the guys have shown their work together. It features about 100 paintings of birds, game animals (deer, bear, lions) and even pets plus sketches and photos of work in progress. Fans of their meticulously observed nature studies have an unprecedented opportunity to see original paintings that have been reproduced on thousands of popular duck stamps over more than 20 years. Read a Star Tribune review of the show here.
Together the three brothers have won an unprecedented 10 Federal Duck Stamp competitions. Sales of duck stamps, which are essentially federal hunting licenses for migratory waterfowl, raise about $25 million annually for the preservation of marshes and watersheds for migratory birds and human enjoyment.
Aspiring designers apply from top colleges and universities around the country and world for the opportunity to intern in Walker Art Center's design office, founded by Mildred "Mickey" Friedman. The year-long internship, which is now accepting applicants, has been named the Mildred S. Friedman Design Fellowship after Friedman who headed the department from 1970 until her retirement in 1991.
Among her pioneering exhibitions were shows of furniture and designs by L.A. architect Frank Gehry (1986), the historic DeStijl movement (1986), and "Tokyo: Form and Spirit," an innovative 1989 exploration of Japanese culture that was co-organized with her husband Martin Friedman, then the museum's director.
Prior to joining the Walker, Mickey had worked as a designer for Minneapolis architect Robert Cerny. In consultation with architect Edward Larrabee Barnes she designed furniture for the museum's 1971 building, and then developed an expansive design program for the Walker. Throughout the 1970s and '80s she edited Design Quarterly, a quixotic and influential Walker publication that dealt with everything and anything design-related from Julia Child's kitchen to typography and the course of the Mississippi River.
In 1980 she established the Walker's design internship program whose participants engage in all aspects of museum work from designing brochures and publications to exhibitions and public spaces. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at Apple, Dwell, Nike and other firms and museums, to open their own studios, and to teach at colleges and universities around the country.
American Swedish Institute's Turnblad Mansion
The American Swedish Instituteis expanding its popular holiday programs to include a Mexican-themed table among the festively decorated rooms in its castle-like museum. Traditionally, the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark) set out holiday decorations and trees during ASI's two-month "Jul to the World" festival. In honor of the Mexican-American community in the nearby Phillips West neighborhood, the institute has invited Mexico to contribute a table.
The Turblad Mansion's historic kitchen also will be open to the public for the first time this year.
Other festivities include musical performances, a "Great Tomte Hunt," in which kids search for Swediah elves hidden throughout the mansion, artisanal sausage-making workshops with the chefs at ASI's award-winning FIKA cafe, and Wednesday evening theatrical performances on the stage of the mansion's charming ballroom theater. Evening glogg (mulled wine) tours are offered Wednesday and Friday evenings and hot chocolate will be served around an outdoor bonfire in the "Enchanted Forest."
The "Jul to the World" festival opens Sat., Nov. 9 with a day-long schedule of musical performances and creative activities. The festival continues through Jan. 5. To book group tours call 612-871-4907 or for a complete schedule of events go to www.asimn.org.
Above: Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI), the 2013 Creative City Challenge winner
A consortium of Minneapolis arts and culture agencies is seeking entries in a competition to produce a $75,000 temporary art installation on the plaza adjacent to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the summer of 2014.
Entrants must be Minnesota residents. All proposals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. central time, November 18, 2013. Three finalists will be selected by a professional jury and given $2,500 each to prepare a final proposal, due in December. Finalists will be judged by public voting in February 2014. The winner will be announced March 3, 2014.
Contest rules and information can be found online at http://www.minneapolis.org/minneapolis-convention-center/ccc/creative-city-challenge-submissions.
The 2014 Creative City Challenge is sponsored by the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy of the City of Minneapolis, and Meet Minnepolis, Convention & Visitors Association in collaboration with Northern Lights. mn and the Northern Spark festival.
Among the winners at last weekend’s Woodstock Film Festival, in New York, was a film about artist Gendron Jensen, 73, who for many years lived in Grand Rapids, Minn. Gendron has been drawing meticulously detailed images of bones for more than 45 years, in pencil and in stone lithography
Filmmaker Kristian Berg, who grew up in Grand Rapids, won Best Short Documentary for the 28-minute film, “Poustinia/ The Art of Gendron Jensen.” Its title references a place where one retreats to meditate and pray.
The documentary focuses on Gendron’s artistic passion and his search for what he calls “the bony relics of wild creatures.” The film taps into a remarkable archive of film footage and photos from the past, as we watch Gendron first as a young man and later, white-haired and slightly stooped, in his 70s, still tramping through the forests and at work in his studio, which is now outside Taos, N.M., where he lives with his wife, artist Christine Taylor Patten.
“For me, it’s always been the bones,” Gendron says in the film.
The promotional image from the movie is a self-portrait that Gendron did in 1983. In the drawing, his profile is surrounded by the bones of four creatures: the pelvic girdle of a black bear, freshwater fish bones, the sternum of an eagle and the jaw bone of a snapping turtle.
Largely self-funded, the documentary has been in the works for more than a decade, though Kristian’s effort to capture Gendron on film began much earlier. While in high school, Kristian shot a black-and-white film of the artist, who was a close friend of his father. “I've known him since I was 8 years old. All the kids in the neighborhood knew Gendron,” Kristian said. “He had his first art show in our church.” That early footage, however, did not survive. Music in the film is from local composers.
The documentary has been entered into other film contests, and Kristian, a longtime filmmaker who once worked at Twin Cities Public Television, hopes to see it air locally at some point. “It’s a natural that it should be in Minnesota. It should be all over the nation, really,” he said. “My ultimate wish for the film is to inspire gallery owners to put together screenings where Gendron could lecture on his work.”
Find the film trailer below. To order a DVD of the film, go to bramblefilms.com/poustina.