Friday, November 28, 2008

Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant Awards Announced

News just released from the Textile Center! (see below):
"The Textile Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the first ever Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grants.We received 73 applications from emerging artists in Minnesota for three $5,000 grants, which were awarded in December 2008. Jurors Jane Dunnewold, Jan Myers-Newbury and Laurie Schafer met in November to review the applications and have chosen Ingrid Restemayer, Heidi Henderson and Maggie Dayton to receive the grants. Work resulting from these projects will be the focus of a Textile Center Joan Mondale Gallery exhibit in August 2009. Congratulations to Ingrid, Heidi and Maggie!"

Ingrid Restemayer Studio in Minnesota Monthly

If you haven't already seen it, pick up the December 2008 issue of Minnesota Monthly. They've got some insightful tips for non-traditional gift giving for the holidays. Here's what they had to say about the open Saturdays at my studio building:

"Saturdays at Northrup King: No other building in Minnesota can boast such a concentration of artist studios. And during the holidays, this 780,000-square-foot locus of local art keeps convenient visitor hours—spend a Saturday afternoon strolling from studio to studio, browsing everything from Ingrid Restemayer’s minimalist mixed-media pieces to the hand-woven Peruvian rugs at Art Andes, plus jewelry, clothes, sculpture, and, of course, paintings. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., November 29 to December 20; Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minne-apolis,"

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Fiber of the Matter (la Fibre del Asunto) opened this past weekend at The Icehouse in Phoenix, Arizona. This is an exhibition of 9 fiber artists, curated by contributing artist, Christy Puetz. The show consists almost entirely of installation work -- everything from a field of felt poppies suspended in delicate white sand to an eerily lit elevator shaft filled with branches that seem to have sprouted hairballs. My personal favorites include Puetz's intricately detailed beaded chickens and a giant braid. The chickens are sparkly and lovely with their brightly colored beaded surfaces and color-coded bases, yet which upon further examination reveal the story of how communicable diseases are spread. (Thought provoking!) A braid sounds simple enough, but this new take on Rapunzel was made from plastic tubes stuffed with newspapers and print ads. It was of monumental scale, spiraling an entire room, running up a 2-story wall, out the open cieling and falling massively yet gracefully down the front of the building. I myself unfurled about 27 feet of a piece in progress that, when complete will have 40 feet of paper surface entirely covered with tiny running stitches.

If you are in the Phoenix area, this show is a must-see. (Actually, more of a must-experience.) The Icehouse is open by appointment only, but the closing reception is scheduled for Friday, November 21, 6-10pm.

The Icehouse, 429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003 --

Contact Christy Puetz at 602-253-8310 for an appointment

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Art Attack is an annual open studio and gallery crawl at the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. The weekend-long event features hundreds of artists working in ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, mosaics, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, wood, textiles, and more.
I have tons of new work in studio this year as well as work by my good friend, Josh Blanc of Clay Squared to Infinity. Josh will be showcasing his signature "cosmic" handmade tile art along side my mixed media collage work.
Northrup King Building, Studio 401-b
1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-396-3947 or