Art-A-Whirl 2014

Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. ~ NEMAA on Art-A-Whirl

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My partner Reynaldo Diaz has some amazing new works on exhibit for Art-A-Whirl 2014. You can check out his pieces in the California Building’s Studio 211. (The California Building is located at 2205 California Street, Minneapolis, MN 55418.)

I helped Reynaldo create an artist statement for his work:

My art is inspired by music, by emotions, by history and by my ancestral roots of Central America. In recent years I’ve explored geometric forms, color and spiritual connections inspired by Mayan, Aztec, African and Spanish influences. My ethnic background is a melting pot of all these, and my art reflects this inspiration.

While I am self-taught, I have studied the work of many masters, particularly Kandinsky. My art has a strong connection to my love for music and nature.

I’ve never been one to just “paint a pretty picture.” My work comes with many layers, which reveal themselves to the viewer, especially those who take time to absorb these intricacies.

It’s hard for me to put words to what I actually create. In a sense, my paintings are my language. You will find hints of faces, eyes, movement, nature and other forms coming through my newest works.

As I move forward in my creative life, I want to find ways to more effectively meld my visual creations with music. I believe paintings include rhythm, timbre and tones.

The artists on the second floor of the California Building have also come together to create a new exhibition space on our floor thanks to generous support from California Building owners John Kremer and Jennifer Young called the on2gallery.

2014 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 16 –  5 to 10 p.m.
Saturday,  May 17 –  12 Noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 –   12 Noon to 5 p.m.

We hope to see you at Art-A-Whirl 2014. There is so much to see … and you will find that the California Building has a friendly and diverse community of artists!

 

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