Call for Artists: Create Art with Lottery Tickets for the Stone Arch Festival

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Tahiel Jimenez
The scene at last year's Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Artists of the Twin Cities: Are you looking to make some cash and score some new art supplies? Then City Pages may have the contest for you.

We're collaborating with the Minnesota Lottery to commission an artwork made entirely of lottery tickets. We will provide the tickets, you will provide the creativity. The work will be showcased at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, and the artist whose submission we select for the project will be paid $500.

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Six Great Films from the World of Independent Animation

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American animation is dominated by a small clique of powerful production houses: the Disney-Pixar behemoth and plucky little Dreamworks. On the international scene, most of the popular animation not made in the U.S. comes out of Japan, including Studio Ghibli, which releases the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

If you want to deviate a bit from the American/Japanese mainstream, you have to do a little digging. But if you do you will be rewarded, as the world of animation is replete with wonderful examples of creative, independent works. Here are six superior independent, animated films from around the world, currently streaming online.

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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Layout, Road Reconstruction Revealed

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Ghostly visitors are not part of the renovation
Late last month, the Walker Art Center announced a $75 million project that would overhaul exterior and interior areas of the museum, as well as the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and surrounding area. The renovation of the garden and nearby roads will be mostly managed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board thanks to an $8.5 million allocation from the state and a $1.5 million grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

More things were solidified for the garden and the nearby roads at a recent community advisory meeting last week. The general layout of the park has been decided, as have some slight tweaks to what many of us (not-so) affectionately refer to as the "Hennepin-Lyndale clusterfuck."

Still up in the air are renovations for the Cowles Conservatory. Three layouts are currently being considered.

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Walker Art Center Announced $75 Million Project

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Uptown Minneapolis's PLOT Gallery Showcases Local Art and Clothing

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Ace Rice with Kenneth Caldwell paintings

In addition to SooVAC's spiffy new digs, south Minneapolis has another art space to add to the mix. PLOT Gallery, which opened at the end of December, employs a model that is a little different than other commercial or nonprofit galleries in town. Branded as an art gallery plus a clothing and accessories store with goods from local artists, PLOT aims to become a hotspot for events.

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Surrealist Leonora Carrington Inspires Shadow Puppet Opera

Categories: Art, Theater
eric ruin

This weekend at Bedlam Lowertown, visual artist Erik Ruin and the band Spires That in the Sunset Rise will debut Down Below, or Womb of the Worlds: A Shadow Puppet Opera, a collaborative work that takes inspiration from surrealist artist/writer Leonora Carrington. With shadow puppets, projections of Ruin's drawings, live music, and narration, the piece takes on a dreamlike quality similar to Carrington's artwork, creating a feast of images and sound.

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Walker Art Center's "International Pop" Explores the Edges of Pop Art

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Roy Lichtenstein, Look Mickey
For its new exhibition, "International Pop," the Walker Art Center takes a broad look at the assortment of art trends following World War II that fit under the umbrella category of "pop art." Encompassing pieces that draws on popular culture, the show challenges audiences to expand their idea of what pop art means. This is done through different thematic sections, as well as examining how pop art manifested in countries all around the world, including Great Britain, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, and different locations in Europe.

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Take a Tour of the New SooVAC Space Opening Saturday

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Jessica Armbruster
Welcome to the new SooVAC
For the past 13 years, Soo Visual Arts Center has called the block of 26th and Lyndale home. This week, the gallery is moving over to 29th and Bryant in the same Lyn-Lake neighborhood. The brand-new space is conveniently located near a Greenway entrance ramp (Bryant Avenue is also a bike-friendly road in south Minneapolis) and Bryant-Lake Bowl.

The SooVAC is hosting a grand opening party this Saturday, which will feature a triple reception for three really fun exhibits. Before the big day, City Pages took a tour of the new digs and previewed the shows.

More » Re-Launches This Friday at Public Functionary

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After last year's Art-A-Whirl fashion designer Emma Berg and Kristoffer Knutson, the proprietors of, announced they were moving on from the online arts calendar site, which had been running since January 2005. As Art-A-Whirl once again approaches, the website has got new leadership and a new design, thanks to husband-and-wife team Blaine and Katie Garrett. The two hope to continue the service, which highlights visual-arts happenings in the Twin Cities. They're celebrating with a launch party this Friday. 

See also: Says Goodbye

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Erin Sayer on Meeting Tom Robbins, Exhibiting Work Inspired by his Writing at Gamut Gallery

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Erin Sayer

When artist Erin Sayer was a freshman in college, she started getting into the books of Tom Robbins. The vivid descriptions, the strong female protagonists, and Robbins's witty style drew her in, so much that as she got older she continued to appreciate his writing.

"I realized how much the characters struck a chord with me," she says. Ten years ago, Sayer began making paintings based on the novels, which include Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Jitterbug Perfume. Last year, she took her paintings out to Seattle for a show, hosted by the Quadrapus Artist Exchange, where she met Robbins himself. This week, she'll show them once again at Gamut Gallery.

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Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Celebrates Being Number One

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Liz Miller installation at Public Functionary

Just ahead of the 20th annual Art-A-Whirl, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District gets to pat itself on the back for winning the Best Arts District readers' poll from USA Today. The community is celebrating the award with a party tonight at the Solar Arts Building in the Chowgirls' third floor event space.

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