Xavier Tavera's Portraits Feature Powderhorn Business Owners

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Xavier Tavera
Tonight, Pillsbury House + Theatre will be hosting a reception celebrating a new photography project by Xavier Tavera. His portraits of small business owners will be on display alongside a newsprint publication the artist created for the project. 

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2014 Year in Review: Top Moments in Visual Arts

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Margaret Pezalla-Granlund
It was a great year for visual arts in the Twin Cities and beyond. In 2014, we saw the return of the MMAA's biennial, a celebration of the Walker Art Center, floating biospheres and libraries, scathing critiques of American culture, and more. Here are 10 of our favorites moments (feel free to add your own in the comments).

See also:
2014 Year in Review: Top Literary Moments

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Artist Andrew Moore: "You have to stay focused on real issues. You can't run away from the fact that all this stems from racism."

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Photo by Steven Lang
Work by Andrew Moore
Andrew Moore believes that art is his calling. "It's a blessing from God," he says. The former Black Panthers member, who has also been a professional boxer, is probably best known for the political art he displayed outside his home on Bloomington Avenue in south Minneapolis. He lost his home of 20 years in August 2013, after the city had it condemned.

Moore's work is now featured in a new pop-up gallery presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust's Made Here project. He'll be speaking about his work tomorrow night at a film series program featuring a screening of Visions of Paradise.  

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Ceramic Artist Steven Showalter Knows a Thing or Two About Pottery

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Courtesy Steven Showalter
With distinctive mugs in a wintry blue glaze, a teapot with a rosy peach hue waiting to be fired, and dozens of unglazed bowls sitting like blank canvases on the shelf, Steven Showalter's home studio is a sight to behold.

Showalter, who teaches pottery at Prior Lake High School and moonlights as a full-fledged ceramic artist, is gaining attention on the Twin Cities arts scene. Though he's exhibited pottery on the art-fair circuit for only four years, he's taken home top honors, including Best of Show at the Fall into the Arts Fair in Edina.

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Kathy Wismar Presents Functional Art at Kolman & Pryor

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Kathy Wismar: Functional Pottery
This time of year, the notion that art is something to actually purchase -- rather than just enjoy in a gallery, museum, or public space -- gains a little more traction, especially with holiday pop-up shops and artist sales every place you look. Even a traditional exhibition at a gallery, such as Kathy Wismar's "Intersections and Affirmations" at Kolman & Pryor, just begs to be seen as an assortment of potential gifts. 

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Waiting Room Finds a Home at Loring Corners

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Peter Happel Christian, Black Eye Maple
What was going to be a short-term pop-up gallery has turned into an ongoing exhibition space, thanks to the work of artist Jehra Patrick and a landlord willing to take a chance on art as an investment. Waiting Room, which opened its doors in October, hosts its second exhibition starting this Friday. Titled "Center of Gravity," the show features work by Alyssa Baguss, Eric William Carroll, Peter Happel Christian, and Paula McCartney.

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Rebirth from the Grave: Ernesto Neto Ybarra's "The Death of Neto" at Icehouse

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Ernesto Neto Ybarra, In Between Worlds 
A new body of work by Ernesto Neto Ybarra goes on view tonight at Icehouse. He'll be retiring the name "Neto," the moniker under which he's been painting for the past 15 years. At the party, Ybarra will reveal the next stage of his artwork. The event is hosted by Electric Machete, an artist collective that Ybarra is a part of, and music will be provided by Javier Trejo y Los Cabrones del Norte.  

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"The Blacker the Berry" Highlights the Work of Women of Color Artists

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Myra Lambert, Behind the Trees
It's been a hell of a couple of weeks for America, as two high-profile cases of white cops killing unarmed black males have resulted in no indictments. Communities across the country, including Minneapolis, have responded in protest on the streets and on social media. Some of the most powerful voices come from artists of color, who are uniquely positioned to express righteous anger at our times. "The Blacker the Berry,"  now at Intermedia Arts, opened before the grand jury verdict clearing Darren Wilson was announced, but the show illustrates just how strong a voice has been developed by Twin Cities artists of color.

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Soap Factory Volunteers Exhibit Work at "Here We Are Nice"

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This Saturday, the Soap Factory will be hosting the opening night reception for "Here We Are Nice," the 2014 volunteer biennial.
As the Soap celebrates its 25th anniversary, "Here We Are Nice" serves to highlight the work of the many volunteers who have contributed to the success of the organization. Twenty-five artists will be featured in the show.
"Visitors should expect to see at least one kind of art they have never seen before," says co-curator Shelby Rose Thomason. "Think tubs, think balloons, think paint, think big."

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Elaine Rutherford on Scotland and "Phantasmagoria"

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Elaine Rutherford, About Time 
It's been over 20 years since Elaine Rutherford moved away from her homeland, but Scotland's rich landscapes remain a continuing presence in her art. This Saturday, Rutherford will be showing a new body of work that includes paintings and mixed media stemming from photographs she's taken on her yearly trips back home. She'll be using the pieces to explore ideas of migration and movement. Rutherford will be showing alongside Amelia Biewald, who also draws inspiration from landscapes and in-between spaces. 

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