Rhea Pappas: 100 Creatives

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Number 38: Rhea Pappas

City:
Saint Paul

Years spent living in MN: 25 years

Photographer Rhea Pappas is riding a wave, be it one in a lake, swimming pool, or ocean. The 2008 MCAD grad draws a great deal of inspiration from H2O, as her collection of striking underwater photography is quite prolific. In addition to snapping underwater dances, Pappas snaps up portrait shots and candid moments of folks enjoying nature -- both on land and on boats. She also keeps busy as one of the founders of Lowertown First Friday and her blog 36 Clicks.   

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Laura Stack: 100 Creatives

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Number 39: Laura Stack

City:
Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN: 20 years

In the work of artist Laura Stack synthetic and organic forms coexist. Cell structures multiply, fade, and regenerate while colorful geometric shapes casually float nearby. It's a strangely abstract world that intriguingly manages to combine the complexity of biology with the rigidity of geometry and other mathematics.

Stack currently works as an art instructor at the College of Visual Arts, and is also a member of the Rosalux Gallery, which recently celebrated 10 years as a collective gallery space.


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Shawn McNulty: 100 Creatives

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Number 40: Shawn McNulty

City: Hopkins

Years spent living in MN: 37

There are many layers to the paintings of Shawn McNulty. Each piece begins with a series of sharp, spontaneous movements. Next, layers of bright colors are applied, as abstract shapes and landscapes take form. Finally, the artist scratches at bits, revealing forgotten elements previously hidden beneath the surface. The result are pieces that draw the eye in with their bold simplicity, and encourage further exploration with their unexpected depth.

In addition to his paintings, the St. Paul-native, who is currently residing in Hopkins, is also a founding artist of the Rosalux Gallery. The space is currently celebrating tens years as an exhibition space, making it Minnesota's longest running arts collective.

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Clinton Lugert: 100 Creatives

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Number 41: Clinton Lugert

City:
Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN: 806 fortnights

These days, many creative types have their hands in a variety of mediums. This is certainly the case for Clinton Lugert. As part of THEY film + design, he has created websites, band T-shirts, movie credit animations, posters for events like the yearly screening of the Star Wars Holiday Special at Bryant-Lake Bowl, and cinema production with Gregg Holtgrewe's Dawning. At Olson, he has worked with brands both local and national. And as part of the Pencil Project collective, he worked on the Twin Cities Film Festival trailer. 

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Edie Overturf: 100 Creatives

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Number 42: Edie Overturf

City: Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN: 18 months

Print artist, painter, and sculptor Edie Overturf may be new to the Twin Cities art scene, but her impact has already been felt. With the folks at Kick.Stand.Press, she recently helped co-found Leg Up Studio, a cooperative space in northeast Minneapolis that invites new and experienced folks to practice their print art, take classes, and even rent the space -- no small feat when you take into account how difficult it can be to find access to equipment.

In addition to this unique and innovative project, Overturf has exhibited her own artwork around town at a handful of galleries. Her pieces have a highly-detailed, reflective, and exploratory aspect to them, and often feature images of herself wandering through fields, climbing trees, and picnicking with rabbits. 

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Tina Blondell: 100 Creatives

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Number 43: Tina Blondell

City: Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN:
15

There are no pop-culture icons featured in Tina Blondell's portraits. Instead, she chooses to  capture regular folks in a moment in time. Recent pieces have included a gleeful female drummer ready to jam, a man casually enjoying a beer, and a family in swimsuits, the bulging belly of the mother suggesting that there will be a new addition any day now. They are the folks you sit next to in a bar, you pass on the sidewalk, and you smile at while riding the bus. They are Midwestern performers, parents, and craftsmen (sometimes they are all of the above). Some occasionally dress like super heroes, others prefer to chill on a couch. The subjects of her oil paintings are varied, and sometimes even unexpected, yet her works often contain narratives that are familiar.

Some of these works are currently on display in "Lace and Gunpowder," a group exhibition at the Bloomington Art Center pairing male and female artists in their medium of choice. Meanwhile, Blondell plans to continue her series celebrating the average American, and she plans to eventually expand her collection to include people from all over the country.


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Kick.Stand.Press: 100 Creatives

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Kick.Stand.Press founders Lauren Schuppe and Gilpin Matthews
Number 44: Kick.Stand.Press

City: Minneapolis, MN

Years spent living in MN:The current bout is 2.5 years

As anyone who has ever spent time watching HGTV knows, a good wallpaper job can make or break a room. Gilpin Matthews and Lauren Schuppe, co-founders of Kick.Stand.Press, specialize in making this happen. Together, they design and print their own wallpaper (if you've ever been to Pat's Tap at 35th and Nicollet, then you've seen their work). In addition to helping  make home and business spaces fab, the duo also take on other screen printing projects, putting their creative designs on T-shirts, packaging, party invitations, and more.

Together, along with artist Edie Overturf, they have also recently launched Leg Up Studios, a community space where folks can take classes, practice their skills, and even reserve the space for projects.
 
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Frank Gaard: 100 Creatives

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Number 45: Frank Gaard

City: Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN: 45 years

For the past 40 years, notorious artist Frank Gaard has added a healthy dose of color, criticism, and humor to the local creative scene. His work knows no boundaries, as he often draws inspiration from a mix of subjects, including pop culture, politics, personal relationships, and ladies panties. For 20 years he penned Art Police, a zine Gaard produced from 1974 to 1994. His more current works include intensely colorful portraits of people in his day-to-day life. Gaard will be the subject of the Walker Art Center's latest exhibition, "Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy," a retrospective exploring his prolific and daring career which opens this week.

[Warning: Some images after the jump are NSFW]

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ROLU: 100 Creatives

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Matt Olson (behind the camera), Mike Brady (with phone), and Sammie Warren (to the right)
Number 46: ROLU, a.k.a. rosenlof/lucas (ro/lu). We are Matt Olson, Mike Brady, and Sammie Warren.



City: Minneapolis



Years spent living in MN: It varies... 82 is the minimum.

For some creative types, the difference between an art gallery and a home is not much of a leap. This is most likely the case with ROLU, a design studio that specializes in residential landscaping, urban planning, public art, and modern, functional pieces for the home. The group was founded in 2003 by Matt Olson and Mike Brady, and since that time they've been hard at work designing geometric chairs and tables, creating urban lawns that manage to have personal touches while being sparsely simple, hanging out with Michael Stipe at New York galleries, and designing a bookstore in Greece.
 
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Queen Quills Calligraphy: 100 Creatives

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Number 47: Emily J. Snyder, Queen Quills Calligraphy

City: Minneapolis, MN

Years spent living in MN: 24

In this era of emails and text messaging, good penmanship can be hard to find. That's one of many reasons why it is so easy to appreciate the work of Emily J. Snyder of Queen Quills Calligraphy. Where most folks scribble off barely legible hand-written jots, Snyder's calligraphy transcends the mere note, falling firmly into the category art. Her style shifts from project to project, and includes pieces that are playfully ornate, whimsically chaotic, and boldly confident. Each word flows with a personality as distinct as a character in a novel or an illustration in a children's book.

The artist studied at the Society of Scribes in New York City before launching her business Killer Quills Calligraphy. She relocated to Minneapolis a year later, and has been working as the hand behind Queen Quills (minus some time spent teaching in Paris) since.

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