Get ready for Art-A-Whirl® 2017

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This year marks the ninth year that Reynaldo Diaz and I have made our artistic home in Studio 211 in the California Building in Northeast Minneapolis, and Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, 2017, we celebrate our ninth year as members of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and our ninth Art-A-Whirl®.

2017 NEMAA Member BadgeWhile my work as Textile Center’s executive director keeps me busy on the management side of the arts, I do find time for my creative endeavors, and I will be exhibiting past and current work. Recently my mother, Ruth Reichert, found a set of negatives in her stuff room (the place she keeps her stash on the family farm for her creative endeavors), and among them was a portrait I took of my sister, Donna, with kitten, taken around 1981 with an old Kodak Brownie Bullet Camera. It was this camera that launched my passion for photography.

This portrait will be on exhibit in the On2Gallery Art-A-Whirl® show, which features the work of all the artists who have studios on the second floor of the California Building. An in our studio I will exhibit some of my most favorite portraits of years past, as well as some recent fiber art work I have been pursuing: a hooked rug and indigo dyeing.

I’m most excited by the new works Reynaldo has been creating.

Stay tuned!

Art-A-Whirl® is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis showcasing the work of NEMAA members.  Art-A-Whirl® is a federally-registered trademark of NEMAA.

2017 Dates and Hours:

Friday, May 19th –  5:00-10:00 p.m.

Saturday,  May 20th –  Noon-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21st –   Noon-5:00 p.m.

View Art-A-Whirl FAQ’s and “How to Whirl” articles with suggestions on how to navigate the event.

This week Textile Center is bursting with creativity, inspiration & learning

From Textile Center’s newsletter Textiles On The Town:

This week Textile Center is bursting with creativity, inspiration, learning, and camaraderie. “Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind” is a celebration of fiber art, it’s a convening for fiber artists and appreciators, and it’s an opportunity for you to engage with our new National Artist Advisory Council members: Mary Giles, Carolyn Halliday, Pat Hickman, Tracy Krumm, and Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. 

Opening tonight are five exhibits. In our Studio Gallery you will find recent works by our five Artist Council members, and in the Joan Mondale Gallery we present “Commemorating His Purple Reigh: A Textural Tribute to Prince.” Press coverage highlights include:

New exhibit will be coziest Prince tribute yet (St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 2, 2017)

A cheeky new revelation about one of Prince’s most notorious stage outfits (St. Paul Pioneer Press – Feb. 27, 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s monsters at Mia; Prince quilts coming to the Textile Center (MinnPost – March 7, 2017)

The Prince quilt exhibit will be up through April 29, and you can provide a great service to Textile Center by sharing on social media. Our tags are ——–

Tonight’s night exhibition openings are set for 6 to 8 pm, and are free and open to the public. Our neighbors on University Avenue have agreed to provide free overflow parking at: —-

And don’t forget, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi presents her lecture “Building a Legacy: African American Quilt History” at 6 p.m. March 11, at the new headquarters of Minnesota Quilters: Recovery Church, 235 S. State St., St. Paul. The event includes live music by my friends Dennis W. Spears and The Wolverines Jazz Trio, and a reception. Tickets are $30 ($25 for Textile Center and Minnesota Quilters members). Click here to order online. Tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Karl Reichert, Executive Director

Textiles on the Town: Meet Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

From Textile Center’s newsletter Textiles On The Town:

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi speaks from the heart, and she tells it like it is. I can’t wait to meet her in person in two weeks, and I can’t wait for you to meet her, too. Dr. Mazloomi is one of the five extraordinary fiber artists who make up our new National Artist Advisory Council, and she will be traveling from her home in West Chester, Ohio, to take part in Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind, March 8–12.

Her lecture, Building a Legacy: African American Quilt History, on Saturday, March 11 (6 to 7:30 pm) is one you won’t want to miss. Co-presented by Minnesota Quilters (MQ) at the guild’s new home at Recovery Church in St. Paul, this event will also feature jazz by my good friend Dennis W. Spears and The Wolverines Jazz Trio. (I hope you will buy your tickets today!) 

Dr. Mazloomi is also taking part in the opening of two exhibits on Thursday, March 9: Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince in the Joan Mondale Gallery, which Dr. Mazloomi served as a juror and curator, and National Ties: Contemporary Textiles from the National Artist Advisory Council, which will showcase two of her extraordinary quilts in our Studio Gallery. 

An excellent introduction to Dr. Mazloomi is available through the NEA’s Art Works Podcast: A Conversation with 2014 National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi:

When we formed our National Artist Advisory Council, we wanted internationally renowned fiber artists who could serve as invaluable advisors and advocates for Textile Center. Mission accomplished. And after you get to know Dr. Mazloomi and her colleagues during our Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind festivities, I am confident you will agree!

Thunder & Dusty

16.May31.ThunderThunder and Dusty, my brother Ray’s magnificent Percherons, are among the many reasons I enjoy making a trip home to the family farms in Clearwater County. I also appreciate how willing Thunder and Dusty are to oblige my need to photograph them frequently. They are our gentle giants.

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A downtown view – looking up

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Riding my scooter through downtown (Minneapolis) last week was a major challenge. Traffic was backed up … stop and go. I looked up during one of those moments where we weren’t moving at all (thanks to Nicollet Mall construction), and I captured this view of our wonderful Foshay Tower.