ACW’s Art Treasures Gallery

Welcome to Art to Change The World’s Art Treasures Gallery.  The works you see listed are available for immediate purchase. Please contact info@arttochangetheworld.org with the number of the artwork you are interested in purchasing. Prices are for artworks ready to hang.


Anna Karena

1.

True Colors
Anna Karena
Medium – acrylic
Size – 30”x30”
Price – $1900 is my selling price for this size canvas. Negotiable for Common Bond

Instagram – @anna.karena
Email – AnnaKarena@mac.com   Cell – 763-458-3628

As a Black artist I want to show Black joy instead of focusing on the trauma and dark history of our people. I enjoy working in many layers and being able to see the layers peaking through which is really an analogy to the human condition and people being complex and made up of so many layers. We are not a monolith and have full range of emotion and complexity.

2.

various titles
Anna Karena
Medium – acrylic
Size – 12” x 12”
Price – $300 each / can negotiate for Common Bond if you want more than one.

Instagram – @anna.karena
Email – AnnaKarena@mac.com  Cell – 763-458-3628

As a Black artist I want to show Black joy instead of focusing on the trauma and dark history of our people. I enjoy working in many layers and being able to see the layers peaking through which is really an analogy to the human condition and people being complex and made up of so many layers. We are not a monolith and have full range of emotion and complexity.

 

3.


various titles

Anna Karena
Medium – acrylic
Size – 30”x30” per canvas
(series-you can choose 3 to cover a 10’ space.)
Price – $1900 each is my selling price for this size canvas but I will sell you the triptych for $2000

Instagram – @anna.karena
Email – AnnaKarena@mac.com
Cell – 763-458-3628

As a Black artist I want to show Black joy instead of focusing on the trauma and dark history of our people. My love of color and energy is what is on display here, and the simplicity of form helps us focus on the essence of the piece. I have other work that is focused on layers and the complexity of people but this series is focused on simplicity and positive energy.


Jackie Swanson

4.

Sometimes Life Stinks
Jackie Swanson
Mixed Media Collage
23″ X 23″ framed/matted under glass
$300

I am a Collage/Mixed-Media artist based in Eagan, Minnesota. My current style grew out of hand-built collographs I created as a student at MCAD and later a line of colorful art cards with hand and machine stitching. I often express thought-provoking themes in my work using a variety of mixed materials and methods. Combining a rich, colorful palette with imagination and metaphor, I strive to create whole worlds of depth and movement with the intermixing of texture, image and an element of surprise.

I enjoy using an implied metaphor and whimsy to evoke a certain feeling or thought from the viewer. In this piece I’ve used the image of a young girl holding her nose, even though she is surrounded by the beautiful energy of nature in her world. I approach depth and movement with carefully curated materials, processes and fluid machine stitching as mark-making to lend a subtle texture and feel to [my] multi-layered artwork. [found images, acrylic, graphite, handmade collage papers, fabric, plastic, metal, window-screen, hand & machine stitching]   Instagram  @jackie.swanson.927

5.

Some Days Are Like That
Jackie Swanson
Mixed Media Collage
30.5″ X 24.5″ framed/matted under glass
$400 

I am a Collage/Mixed-Media artist based in Eagan, Minnesota. My current style grew out of hand-built collagraphs I created as a student at MCAD and later a line of colorful art cards with hand and machine stitching. I often express thought-provoking themes in my work using a variety of mixed materials and methods. Combining a rich, colorful palette with imagination and metaphor, I strive to create whole worlds of depth and movement with the intermixing of texture, image and an element of surprise.

I enjoy using an implied metaphor and a bit of whimsy to evoke a certain feeling or thought from the viewer. In this piece there is a figure on the left under a dark cloud in the rain with an umbrella. She is holding her heart to protect it. The figure on the right chooses to meditate on nature and the beauty of the butterfly symbolizing rebirth and growth — an intentional manifestation and transformation of consciousness — “putting out the fire,” so-to-speak. These are different approaches to the polarities in Life.

I approach depth and movement with carefully curated materials, processes and fluid machine stitching as mark-making to lend a subtle texture and feel to [my] multi-layered artwork. [found & ancestral images, acrylic, found & handmade collage papers, fiber, metal, wood, hand & machine stitching]  Instagram  @jackie.swanson.927

6.

Hope
Jackie Swanson
Mixed Media Collage
18.5″ X 18.5″ framed/matted under glass
$200

I am a Collage/Mixed-Media artist based in Eagan, Minnesota. My current style grew out of hand-built collagraphs I created as a student at MCAD and later a line of colorful art cards with hand and machine stitching. I often express thought-provoking themes in my work using a variety of mixed materials and methods. Combining a rich, colorful palette with imagination and metaphor, I strive to create whole worlds of depth and movement with the intermixing of texture, image and an element of surprise.

I enjoy using an implied metaphor to evoke a certain feeling or thought from the viewer. This was a piece done for an online exhibit during Covid with the stipulation of being NLT 12′ X 12″ and using predominantly one color. Faith and hope go hand-in-hand. I used an actual feather to convey the analogy in Emily Dickinson’s poem:

“Hope is the thing with feathers  -That perches in the soul  -And sings the tune without the words  –And never stops – at all…”

I approach depth and movement with carefully curated materials, processes and fluid machine stitching as mark-making to lend a subtle texture and feel to [my] multi-layered artwork. [found images, acrylic, fabric, feather, fiber, wire, plastic, found & handmade collage papers, hand & machine stitching] Instagram: @jackie.swanson.927

 


Catherine Palmer 

7.

 

“SIN-A-BUN” Figurative Abstraction
Series – “The Disenfranchised”
Catherine A. Palmer
Acrylic on Canvas
24″ x 36″
$400 for non profits, $864 retail

My paintings series, “The Disenfranchised”, respond to the ongoing atrocities of violence against indigenous women and women of color in the United States. Fragmented oppression that glorifies and sexualizes womanhood also belittles and endangers women and girls. A disproportionate number of women from communities already devastated by injustice are missing or murdered due to cracks in the systems constructed with the façade of safety and protection  https://mmiwusa.org

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/24/1040048967/missing-black-women-girls-left-out-media-ignored

Catherine A Palmer

She/Her or They/Them
catherineapalmer.blogspot.com
Instagram: @paintingscatherinepalmer

Facebook: @CatherineAPalmerPainting

https://nemaa.org/artists/catherine-palmer/

 

8.

 

“Something a Little Extra” Figurative Abstraction
Catherine A. Palmer
Series – “The Disenfranchised”
Acrylic on Canvas
24″ x 36″
$400 for non profits, $864 retail

My paintings series, “The Disenfranchised”, respond to the ongoing atrocities of violence against indigenous women and women of color in the United States. Fragmented oppression that glorifies and sexualizes womanhood also belittles and endangers women and girls. A disproportionate number of women from communities already devastated by injustice are missing or murdered due to cracks in the systems constructed with the façade of safety and protection.

https://mmiwusa.org/

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/24/1040048967/missing-black-women-girls-left-out-media-ignored

Catherine A Palmer

She/Her or They/Them
catherineapalmer.blogspot.com
Instagram: @paintingscatherinepalmer

Facebook: @CatherineAPalmerPainting

https://nemaa.org/artists/catherine-palmer/

 

9.

Puzzle Series “In The Garden”

Catherine A Palmer
Acrylic on Canvas
Set of 12 12″ x 12″ (Framed)
$1,250 for non profits, $1,620 retail

This painting set, “In the Garden”, is a set of 12 paintings from my Puzzle Series. It was an attempt to capture the joy of urban gardens. Urban gardening is promoted as a pastime and as a way to grow fresh foods that may not otherwise be affordable in my community. Inner cities often are food deserts and this is a way to promote healthy food choices and healthy spring and summer activities.

Catherine A Palmer

She/Her or They/Them
catherineapalmer.blogspot.com
Instagram: @paintingscatherinepalmer

Facebook: @CatherineAPalmerPainting

https://nemaa.org/artists/catherine-palmer/


Layl McDill 

10.

Overloaded with Beginnings and Ends
Layl McDill
Mixed Media
29″x29″x3″
$400 for non profits, $800 retail

This piece is a sort of celebration of life and the abundance of memories that we collect throughout our lives.  I want this piece to be a conversation starter because there is so much to keep noticing hidden in the “knick knack” shelves.  All the stripes going around the piece are full of repetition but still unique just like our lives are.

 

11.

Curious Clouds Crept and They all Just went on Their way
Layl McDill
Polymer Clay, Wire, beads
42″x30″x5″
$400 for non profits, $1700 retail

I created this piece after watching a storm build on the horizon as I drove across Nebraska towards Wyoming.  This piece is a comment on how we don’t really want to notice the changes in the environment happening all around us.  There is a “parade” of characters along the bottom which are on wires so they sort of wobble back and forth- giving the feeling of motion.  These figures symbolize all of us just going through our lives while there is all kinds of issues happening with the climate.  I hoped that this piece would be a bit of a wake up call to think about how we can do more and not ignore the obvious.

12.

Mirror Clouds get in the Way
Layl McDill
Polymer Clay and Found Objects
29″x27″x3″
$400 for non profits, $575 retail

I was thinking about the saying “hindsight is 2020” when I made this piece.  I realized that when you are constantly looking back then you are distracted and you can’t move forward.  I created this bird with all kinds of things in its tail that could drag it down but it is moving forward nonetheless and though there are mirror clouds it is going full force forward.

 

13.

Dogs at the Wing Shop
Layl McDill
Polymer Clay, wire and beads
24″ x 29″ x 3″
$400 for non profits, $1200 retail

This piece is a celebration of our love for our dogs.  In this day and age we will buy anything for our dogs- even a pair of wings!  I also think this piece connects with people who have lost their beloved pets as they may imagine this is some kind of dog heaven.

 

14.

Going Through Life as a Dragonfly
Layl McDill
Polymer Clay
24″x23″x2″
$300 for non profits, $550 retail

I drew my daughter in giant sunglasses and realized she looked a bit like a bug so I turned her into a dragonfly.  As a mother I look at this piece and see a celebration of my daughter’s unique style and her way of finding her way through life, maybe it is like a dragonfly somedays.

The prices are marked down to fit the needs of this project.

All these pieces hang on a wall and are very sturdy.  


Barbara Bridges 

 

15.

100 Steps to Paradise
Barbara Bridges
18 “ X 24”
Mixed Media/ Water Color
$400

Inspired by my partner’s story (below), I visited the river site myself in the Fall of 2021. The WPA constructed steps were an artwork unto themselves and the rich geological and sociological history started at Edmund street which was named after Edmund Walton, who brought the first racial covenants to Minneapolis to protect his tony street above.  I named my work 100 Steps to Paradise to contrast Walton’s flawed attitude with the idea that our beautiful gift of the Mississippi may be where to seek true paradise.

The frame was constructed with debris I found along the beautiful beach, woodland and cliffs I discovered on my walk.    All my artwork is created from re-cycled found objects.

Barbara Bridges, Ph.D., drb@bridgescreate.com 612 845 0416      (She, Her, Hers)
Director-Art To Change The World info@arttochangetheworld.org  www.arttochangetheworld.org.
See more of Barbara’s work: www.arttochangetheworld.org/barbara-bridges

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Testimony which Inspired 100 Steps to Paradise

“My story about the river is entering it down the bluff off of 33rd street and West River Boulevard.

There’s an entrance called the hundred steps entrance, and it’s about (not quite) a hundred steps of limestone blocks entering, taking you down the bluff to the river’s edge where sandy shore is a surprise.   I’d bring my kids down to that point, and they quickly learned how the river changes its levels throughout the year, because there’s either a lot of beach or no beach.

They can see all of the things that the river carries with it: the good things like driftwood and also things that prompt a lot more questions like some pollution, plastics, bottles that we end up trying to pick up and taking back with us.

That’s my river story. My zip code is 55406.”

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16.

Live a Considered Life: The Wise Ones (No Silos) and The Un-Wise Ones (Think Alike Silo)
Barbara Bridges
24” X 48   ” 2 works.
Mixed Media  Fabricated clay, wood, found objects
$600

Inspired by my “Motivationals” series,  Live a Considered Life  includes two companion works of  gender neutral personages sharing how living  in a “think alike silo” creates  a colorless boring culture feeding on itself. They see nothing, hear nothing and say nothing.  Embracing the concept of “no silos” produces a  colorful evolving culture full of a positive exchange of ideas, help creating our own personal narratives and leading to positive social change.

“We tell ourselves the tragic story of our lives and then think we can justify us playing the role of the “broken hero” or the “grizzled realist” but the fact of the matter is that if this is the story we chose to tell about ourselves we are leaving out the good parts and doing a terrible disservice to ourselves and anyone who has been good to us along the way.“  Morgan Bridges

It is our choice how we create our own narratives – past, present and future. It is our choice to make each day bring a spot of joy.  Plan each day with a joy experience included. For yourself and for others.

Life is a menu.  When something you love goes off the menu, replace it with something even more soulful.

All my artwork is created from re-cycled found objects.
Barbara Bridges, Ph.D., drb@bridgescreate.com 612 845 0416      (She, Her, Hers)
Director-Art To Change The World info@arttochangetheworld.org  www.arttochangetheworld.org.
See more of Barbara’s work: www.arttochangetheworld.org/barbara-bridges

 

17.

Money Does Not Buy Happiness
Barbara Bridges
18” x 12”
Mixed Media/Found Objects
$200

Motivationals is a series created to inspire simple positive reflections on deep human experiences.  As with all my artwork they are created from re-cycled found objects.

I create social practice art from fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued “power objects.”  Power objects hold history. I consider myself an intervenor and I believe artists are simply interveners with any particular materials and/or objects the artist manipulates.  All objects already have a story, the artist simply recombines these objects to create a new narrative. This might also be true for words. Although my artform is generally called assemblage – in reality –  I glue and screw trash together.

 

18.

Love Is All It Takes

Barbara Bridges
18 “ x 14”
Mixed Media /Found Objects
$200

Motivationals is a series created to inspire simple positive reflections on deep human experiences.  As with all my artwork they are created from re-cycled found objects.

I create social practice art from fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued “power objects.”  Power objects hold history. I consider myself an intervenor and I believe artists are simply interveners with any particular materials and/or objects the artist manipulates.  All objects already have a story, the artist simply recombines these objects to create a new narrative. This might also be true for words. Although my artform is generally called assemblage – in reality –  I glue and screw trash together.

Barbara Bridges, Ph.D., drb@bridgescreate.com 612 845 0416      (She, Her, Hers)
Director-Art To Change The World info@arttochangetheworld.org  www.arttochangetheworld.org.
See more of Barbara’s work: www.arttochangetheworld.org/barbara-bridges

 

19.

How to Lose a Democracy
Barbara Rogers Bridges
22” X  24”
Mixed Media/Found Objects/clay
$600

My coming of age included demonstrations against the Vietnam War in Washington D.C.

50 years later, I am still political.

Having been consistently critical of the U.S. government, I am now feeling deeply patriotic – and fearful.

There are 7 billion people on our little planet and I suggest it is a statistical improbability that any one worldview could have found the only valid truth; it is at the very least breathtakingly arrogant. Are the two camps liberal vs. conservative?

It seems more specific than that, it appears to be
Trumpers vs. Never Trumpers.

Communication appears to have stopped.

Collecting data from credible sources appears to have stopped.

When Communication stops. All is lost.

Barbara Bridges, Ph.D., drb@bridgescreate.com 612 845 0416      (She, Her, Hers)
Director-Art To Change The World info@arttochangetheworld.org  www.arttochangetheworld.org.
See more of Barbara’s work: www.arttochangetheworld.org/barbara-bridges

 


Natalie McGuire 

 

20.

Golden Gate Bride
Natalie McGuire
14x16x1
Mixed medium (fine art photography and fine craft mosaic stained glass)
Framed/matted/under glass
$300.00

Artist statement:

How do you create a never-seen mixed medium work of art?  Photozaics, of course, are a perfect marriage of labor-intensive mosaic-stained glass fine craft encapsulating fine art photography bringing out the essence of the image out onto the frame.

My award-winning Photozaics are inspired by where Van Gogh’s textures meet Ansel Adam’s simplicity near the intersection of Bob Ross’ healing vibes. This technique is a labor-intensive multi-step process and starts with my journey into nature; recording the landscapes that spark my eye whether it be rolling hills or a babbling brook.  After modifying the composition, I take the print and head to the stained-glass shop to find matching colors.  I cut the glass by hand by taking smaller shards and placing them in a rock tumbler to remove sharp edges while larger pieces are sanded by hand and assembled in the frame.  Grouting finishes the artwork allowing the detail of each cut glass shape to add texture to my art.

Art heals the mind, body, and soul.  Research has shown a correlation between participating in cultural activities, like Crafting, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts have increased rates of good health.  By creating Photozaics, I hope to connect with you through a multi-sensory mixed-media presentation that tickles sight and encourages your touch.

The viewer will be surrounded by nature photos with mosaics that will open them up to another plane of consciousness. Adding mosaic frames will awaken their curiosity about what lies beyond the frame. Each viewer will have a different experience. This exhibition is a place for visitors to recharge their souls from daily stresses, sparking their senses and curiosity.  Art heals the mind, body, and soul.  Research has shown a correlation between participating in cultural activities, like Crafting, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts have increased rates of good health.

 

21.

God’s Entrance
Natalie McGuire
14x16x1
Mixed medium (fine art photography and fine craft mosaic stained glass)
Framed/matted/under glass
$300.00

Artist statement:

How do you create a never-seen mixed medium work of art?  Photozaics, of course, are a perfect marriage of labor-intensive mosaic-stained glass fine craft encapsulating fine art photography bringing out the essence of the image out onto the frame.

My award-winning Photozaics are inspired by where Van Gogh’s textures meet Ansel Adam’s simplicity near the intersection of Bob Ross’ healing vibes. This technique is a labor-intensive multi-step process and starts with my journey into nature; recording the landscapes that spark my eye whether it be rolling hills or a babbling brook.  After modifying the composition, I take the print and head to the stained-glass shop to find matching colors.  I cut the glass by hand by taking smaller shards and placing them in a rock tumbler to remove sharp edges while larger pieces are sanded by hand and assembled in the frame.  Grouting finishes the artwork allowing the detail of each cut glass shape to add texture to my art.

Art heals the mind, body, and soul.  Research has shown a correlation between participating in cultural activities, like Crafting, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts have increased rates of good health.  By creating Photozaics, I hope to connect with you through a multi-sensory mixed-media presentation that tickles sight and encourages your touch.

The viewer will be surrounded by nature photos with mosaics that will open them up to another plane of consciousness. Adding mosaic frames will awaken their curiosity about what lies beyond the frame. Each viewer will have a different experience. This exhibition is a place for visitors to recharge their souls from daily stresses, sparking their senses and curiosity.  Art heals the mind, body, and soul.  Research has shown a correlation between participating in cultural activities, like Crafting, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts have increased rates of good health.

 

22.

Hill is alive with color
Natalie McGuire
14x16x1
Mixed medium (fine art photography and fine craft mosaic stained glass)
Framed/matted/under glass
$300.00

Artist statement:

How do you create a never-seen mixed medium work of art?  Photozaics, of course, are a perfect marriage of labor-intensive mosaic-stained glass fine craft encapsulating fine art photography bringing out the essence of the image out onto the frame.

My award-winning Photozaics are inspired by where Van Gogh’s textures meet Ansel Adam’s simplicity near the intersection of Bob Ross’ healing vibes. This technique is a labor-intensive multi-step process and starts with my journey into nature; recording the landscapes that spark my eye whether it be rolling hills or a babbling brook.  After modifying the composition, I take the print and head to the stained-glass shop to find matching colors.  I cut the glass by hand by taking smaller shards and placing them in a rock tumbler to remove sharp edges while larger pieces are sanded by hand and assembled in the frame.  Grouting finishes the artwork allowing the detail of each cut glass shape to add texture to my art.

Art heals the mind, body, and soul.  Research has shown a correlation between participating in cultural activities, like Crafting, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts have increased rates of good health.  By creating Photozaics, I hope to connect with you through a multi-sensory mixed-media presentation that tickles sight and encourages your touch.

The viewer will be surrounded by nature photos with mosaics that will open them up to another plane of consciousness. Adding mosaic frames will awaken their curiosity about what lies beyond the frame. Each viewer will have a different experience. This exhibition is a place for visitors to recharge their souls from daily stresses, sparking their senses and curiosity.  Art heals the mind, body, and soul.  Research has shown a correlation between participating in cultural activities, like Crafting, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts have increased rates of good health.

Natalie McGuire

phone: 651-470-0872

Links

Website: http://nmcguirestudio.com/
Email: nmcguirestudio@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-mcguire-10768986/

Instagram: instagram.com/nmcguirestudio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nmcguirestudio/

Twitter: Natalie McGuire (@nmcguirestudio) / Twitter

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5eaYMlvAPm_xNnmsnqNIzw


Kelly Frankenberg 

 

23.

Morning Intentions Matter
Kelly Frankenberg
Acrylic on Canvas
18×24
$300

Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s quote, “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” I’ve created a serene landscape for the eyes to rest while contemplating the quote. The sunrise colors remind us that the day is beginning and it’s never too late to change our thoughts and directions for the day in a positive way.

Kelly Frankenberg works in a variety of media. Her work has been seen on mailboxes, windows, walls, pianos, TV, and many other places. She brings a sense of color, unity, meditation and positivity to her landscapes whether they be imagined ones or purposeful places. www.FrankenbergArt.com Instagram: kelly.frankenberg

 

24.

Sail Through
Kelly Frankenberg
Acrylic on Canvas
18×24
$300

Inspired by Robert Frost’s quote, “The best way out is always through.” I’ve created a serene, arctic landscape for the eyes to rest while contemplating the quote. The contrast of the warm, red sails of the ship with the cool, blue water create a thought process for the mind of breaking through and overcoming a challenge. By placing the ship at the bottom and right in front, it creates a place for the eye to travel while also giving focus to the form, not just the words.

Kelly Frankenberg works in a variety of media. Her work has been seen on mailboxes, windows, walls, pianos, TV, and many other places. She brings a sense of color, unity, meditation and positivity to her landscapes whether they be imagined ones or purposeful places. www.FrankenbergArt.com instagram: kelly.frankenberg
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25.

Passport to Happiness
Kelly Frankenberg
Acrylic on Canvas
18×24
$300

Inspired by Diane vonFurstenberg’s quote, “You carry the passport to your own happiness.” I’ve created a serene landscape for the eyes to rest while contemplating the quote. The bright yellow balloon is cheery and implies motion as it floats in a direction towards the happiness it seeks. The quote reminds us that happiness is an inside job and that at any moment we can choose to be happy. We have control over our emotions. The concept of the single passenger balloon is that it is free. Free to decide its path.

Kelly Frankenberg works in a variety of media. Her work has been seen on mailboxes, windows, walls, pianos, TV, and many other places. She brings a sense of color, unity, meditation and positivity to her landscapes whether they be imagined ones or purposeful places. www.FrankenbergArt.com instagram: kelly.frankenberg


Debra Ripp 

26.

Orbs Among the Hillocks
Debra Ripp
Pastel and Graphite on paper:Framed
“14.5x 18.5”
$250

Orbs among the Hillocks came about as an observation of nature combined with an imaginative exercise. What if these hillocks were visited by something that doesn’t belong with hillocks. For example, what if some oranges rolled in among the hillocks.  Would that be as incongruous as a piece of trash?  I think it might, and that is my point, trash doesn’t belong with other natural forms.

I am a Mixed Media artist which means I am willing and love to explore all possible media, anything that will make the image emerge stronger and obtain the voice it is meant to have. My favorite thing is to vacillate between media and observe how the image can transform and mature as it is manifested in different clothes, so to speak.

Website:www.tobersonstudios.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tobersonstudios
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27.

Rock Slumber
Debra Ripp
Mixed Media Collage on Canvas
“12×12”
$200

Rock Slumber is an observation and a  contemplation of nature. I am fascinated with how these rocks get stacked up on each other and how once they settle into each other.   They seem to sleep on top of each other, they find their place and never move.  This observation is to honor the constant presence of natural process, inert or not, and how nature can be appreciated.

I am Mixed Media artist which means I love to explore all possible media, anything that will make the image emerge stronger to obtain the voice it is meant to have. My favorite thing is to vacillate between media and observe how the image can transform and mature as it is manifested in different media, including 3D media, such as assemblage.

Website: www.tobersonstudios.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tobersonstudios

 

28.

Towers: Russia
Debra Ripp
Mixed Media Collage/Framed
“34×40”
$800

Towers is a mixed media collage about imaginary travel. There was a time that I wanted to travel when I had no funds to do so.  So, I decided that I would collage my way there,  a method of finding another path when the typical way is obstructed.  I also wanted to reveal aspects of a place that wasn’t one dimensional.  It’s about how a place can have wondrous beauty and reveal tragedy at the same time.

I am a Mixed Media artist which means I am willing and love to explore all possible media, anything that will make the image emerge stronger and obtain the voice it is meant to have. My favorite thing is to vacillate between media and observe how the image can transform and mature as it is manifested in different clothes, so to speak.

Website: www.tobersonstudios.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Tobersonstudios


Anne Spooner 

 

29.

Origin
Anne Spooner
Acrylic, pen, graphite and acrylic on birch panel
20″ x 20″ x 1″
$400

I am a Minnesota artist who resides in St Paul.

Home to me means many things. Protection, stability, familiarity.

Everyone needs a home. The focus of my new work entitled Origin, highlights home as a place of safety and the need for kinship and connection to others. The lone figure at the bottom of the painting is dwarfed by the building behind. The bird silhouettes within the building represent the family within and provide a source of protection.

Without support, there can be no safe haven for individuals and families. Achieving safe, secure housing that is affordable is often illusive. It has been a struggle for my own family in the past and continues today for my adult children. Due to unforeseen circumstances, situations change, sometimes suddenly and one finds themselves without shelter. Through my art, I want to shed light on this important issue but also provide a sense of hope.

When beginning a painting, I start with a general idea usually of a composition or color scheme. As I work on the painting, the details are decided upon as I go. There is often an early stage where I am not sure that the final result will be successful. Once I push through this stage things begin to take shape. There are usually problems that need to be solved in order to achieve a balanced composition and a good use of color. I like to experiment with different media such as pen and graphite in combination with acrylic paint. For added interest I often include paper to create texture. In Origin, I have included printed text that says; Home Grows Home Like Again.

Instagram @spooneranne

www.annespoonerart.com


Lucienne Schroepfer 

 

30.

Embrace Difference
Lucienne Schroepfer
Quilted Cotton Fabric
16” by 24”

Born in Cambridge, MA I was steeped in the arts through childhood. Originally focusing on music, I discovered fabrics and sewing 20 years ago and have never looked back.

Driving my works is a fascination with color. Learning how a little patch of orange in the middle of a green landscape can change things so dramatically. Strategically working with batiks and different colors of thread, I thrive learning new ways to make a piece breathe by using touches of the not-so-obvious.

 As a transplant to MN, I am particularly aware that I engage people in a different way. I ask difficult questions. I can be blunt. I am curious and inquisitive. I am accustomed and comfortable with political debate. Too often people shy from things and people that are different. As our world, politically and socioeconomically, becomes more and more divided, I see too many people satisfied with just the comfortable. They choose the easy. I believe the bland.

 My world, our world, needs the color of discourse.  

 Lucienne Schroepfer is a member of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG), Minnesota Quilters, Dakota Star Country Quilters, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), St. Paul Art Collective, Art to Change the world and the Minneapolis Textile Center. She has studios in Mac-Groveland in St. Paul above her garage and in Minneapolis at the Solar Arts Building. For more information, please visit www.lucequilts.com.

31.

Love-It’s Simple
Lucienne Schroepfer
Quilted Cotton Fabric
12” by 12”
$100

Originally from Cambridge, MA I was steeped in the arts through childhood. Originally focusing on music, I discovered fabrics and sewing 20 years ago and have never looked back.

Driving my works is a fascination with color. Learning how a little patch of orange in the middle of a green landscape can change things so dramatically. Strategically working with batiks and different colors of thread, I thrive learning new ways to make a piece breathe by using touches of the not-so-obvious. 

I am a person who endlessly forgives, trusts a stranger first and loves. Love-It’s simple is a reminder to everyone—LOVE. Love the world around you. Love the people you meet. Live using your heart.

 Lucienne Schroepfer is a member of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG), Minnesota Quilters, Dakota Star Country Quilters, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), St. Paul Art Collective, Art to Change the workd and the Minneapolis Textile Center. She has studios in Mac-Groveland in St. Paul above her garage and in Minneapolis at the Solar Arts Building. For more information, please visit www.lucequilts.com.

 

32.

Anxiety
Lucienne Schroepfer
Quilted Cotton Fabric
17-1/2” by 33-1/2”

Born in Cambridge, MA I was steeped in the arts through childhood. Originally focusing on music, I discovered fabrics and sewing 20 years ago and have never looked back.

Driving my works is a fascination with color. Learning how a little patch of orange in the middle of a green landscape can change things so dramatically. Strategically working with batiks and different colors of thread, I thrive learning new ways to make a piece breathe by using touches of the not-so-obvious. 

I am a newsaholic- listening 24/7 to MPR and MSNBC—trying to digest the happenings around the world, feeling events deeply. The murder of George Floyd. Michael Brown. The invasion of the Ukraine. All events I grappled with to understand.

 This fall when Israel was attacked I was an emotional wreck. I lived in Israel, as a college student, and befriended many Palestinians. I had witnessed the beauty of jews free to practice their religion, and, seen so many places that still to this day hold a beauty I remember often.

Anxiety is a piece expressing emotion—Fabric sliced in anger, stitched with care and quilted vigorously.

 When finalized I was breathing easier. Art created enabling me to digest and heal.   

 Lucienne Schroepfer is a member of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG), Minnesota Quilters, Dakota Star Country Quilters, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), St. Paul Art Collective, Art to Change the world and the Minneapolis Textile Center. She has studios in Mac-Groveland in St. Paul above her garage and in Minneapolis at the Solar Arts Building. For more information, please visit www.lucequilts.com.


Lynnette Black

33.

Orange Infusion.
Lynnette Black
Water-based monoprint (unique/ one of a kind) with hand coloring on archival intaglio paper. Matted under glass and custom professional framing.
15 1/4” H X 19” W.
$350 value (fine art monoprint $200 + $150 framing). $250 Artist’s Discounted price to Commonbond.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The core essence of my work is depicting the life force that animates all living organisms. The pure energy of this force takes various forms.  It can be found in nature, human endeavors or spirituality, by making conscious contact with the Divine. The high energy, optimism and movement in my work is intended to make a positive impact on the viewer. Be life giving.

My art themes are about spirituality, justice, art and healing.  My process is intuitive, similar to Nancy Azara’s Spirit Taking Form: Art Making as a Spiritual Practice. Each project begins with a meditation – becoming quiet, listening to the still small voice within. The key message emerges – along with images, colors, and shapes – flavored by the issue that concerns me or the emotion I am experiencing at the time.

My work is painterly, with flowing lines, and marked by the obvious sign of the hand.  Each piece has its own energy derived by the intensity of the marks but also the choice of colors, vivid, sometimes joyful, other times muted, pensive or sorrowful. My palette varies greatly.

Trained as a printmaker my practice also includes drawing, collage and painting. My pieces are heavily worked and I do not completely erase all of the mistakes.  Like we humans, the work is flawed.These flaws are the evidence of the life and process of the piece – the scars and “happy accidents” that give it depth, richness and a sense of personal history. I do not strive to be perfect in my art, but rather authentic.

I aim to create a psychological, emotional impact on the viewer and communicate a hopeful, inspiring message or a call to action. Sometimes narrative is used to tell a story, other times my piece is purely abstract.  But, my art is essentially about our life force, using our time on earth wisely for a purpose greater than ourselves.

MEDIA AND PROCESS

Monoprints are created by painting directly upon a specially-prepared plastic plate with watercolors, or water-based or oil relief inks.  Dampened paper is placed on the plastic plate and the sandwich of plate, paper and felt blanket is run through an etching press. With the pressure of the press roller, the ink transfers from the plate to the paper.

As a painter and a printmaker, I love the fluidity and spontaneity I can achieve with monoprinting; the instant images and the painterly brush strokes. In addition, the artist cannot completely control the final result.The ink is fluid. Multiple inks can be used of varying colors and viscosities.The ink will spread and the colors will blend during the run through the press under pressure of the roller.This means there is an act of spontaneity, magic, if you will, that occurs, Happy Accidents. The mono printing process is more like our response to life, what happens in any given moment.Our life journey requires agility and resilience.As a final touch, I can also brush on more details, lines and colors with acrylic paint and cut out shapes for a 3D affect.The final result is very rich in layers and visual content.

Lynnette K. Black
lynnetteblackart.com

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34.

Blue Infusion.
Lynnette Black
Water-based monoprint (unique/ one of a kind) with hand coloring on archival intaglio paper. Matted under glass and custom professional framing.
15 1/4” H X 19” W.
$350 value (fine art monoprint $200 + $150 framing). $250 Artist’s Discounted price to Commonbond.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The core essence of my work is depicting the life force that animates all living organisms. The pure energy of this force takes various forms.  It can be found in nature, human endeavors or spirituality, by making conscious contact with the Divine. The high energy, optimism and movement in my work is intended to make a positive impact on the viewer. Be life giving.

My art themes are about spirituality, justice, art and healing.  My process is intuitive, similar to Nancy Azara’s Spirit Taking Form: Art Making as a Spiritual Practice. Each project begins with a meditation – becoming quiet, listening to the still small voice within. The key message emerges – along with images, colors, and shapes – flavored by the issue that concerns me or the emotion I am experiencing at the time.

My work is painterly, with flowing lines, and marked by the obvious sign of the hand.  Each piece has its own energy derived by the intensity of the marks but also the choice of colors, vivid, sometimes joyful, other times muted, pensive or sorrowful. My palette varies greatly.

Trained as a printmaker my practice also includes drawing, collage and painting. My pieces are heavily worked and I do not completely erase all of the mistakes.  Like we humans, the work is flawed.These flaws are the evidence of the life and process of the piece – the scars and “happy accidents” that give it depth, richness and a sense of personal history. I do not strive to be perfect in my art, but rather authentic.

I aim to create a psychological, emotional impact on the viewer and communicate a hopeful, inspiring message or a call to action. Sometimes narrative is used to tell a story, other times my piece is purely abstract.  But, my art is essentially about our life force, using our time on earth wisely for a purpose greater than ourselves.

MEDIA AND PROCESS

Monoprints are created by painting directly upon a specially-prepared plastic plate with watercolors, or water-based or oil relief inks.  Dampened paper is placed on the plastic plate and the sandwich of plate, paper and felt blanket is run through an etching press. With the pressure of the press roller, the ink transfers from the plate to the paper.

As a painter and a printmaker, I love the fluidity and spontaneity I can achieve with monoprinting; the instant images and the painterly brush strokes. In addition, the artist cannot completely control the final result.The ink is fluid. Multiple inks can be used of varying colors and viscosities.The ink will spread and the colors will blend during the run through the press under pressure of the roller.This means there is an act of spontaneity, magic, if you will, that occurs, Happy Accidents. The mono printing process is more like our response to life, what happens in any given moment.Our life journey requires agility and resilience.As a final touch, I can also brush on more details, lines and colors with acrylic paint and cut out shapes for a 3D affect.The final result is very rich in layers and visual content

Lynnette K. Black
lynnetteblackart.com

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35.

River Rapids.
Lynnette Black
Acrylic paint on canvas, professionally framed.
21” H X 27” W.
$500 value (painting $400 + $100 framing). $400 – Artist’s Discounted price to Commonbond

ARTIST STATEMENT

The core essence of my work is depicting the life force that animates all living organisms. The pure energy of this force takes various forms.  It can be found in nature, human endeavors or spirituality, by making conscious contact with the Divine. The high energy, optimism and movement in my work is intended to make a positive impact on the viewer. Be life giving.

My art themes are about spirituality, justice, art and healing.  My process is intuitive, similar to Nancy Azara’s Spirit Taking Form: Art Making as a Spiritual Practice. Each project begins with a meditation – becoming quiet, listening to the still small voice within. The key message emerges – along with images, colors, and shapes – flavored by the issue that concerns me or the emotion I am experiencing at the time.

My work is painterly, with flowing lines, and marked by the obvious sign of the hand.  Each piece has its own energy derived by the intensity of the marks but also the choice of colors, vivid, sometimes joyful, other times muted, pensive or sorrowful. My palette varies greatly.

Trained as a printmaker my practice also includes drawing, collage and painting. My pieces are heavily worked and I do not completely erase all of the mistakes.  Like we humans, the work is flawed.These flaws are the evidence of the life and process of the piece – the scars and “happy accidents” that give it depth, richness and a sense of personal history. I do not strive to be perfect in my art, but rather authentic.

I aim to create a psychological, emotional impact on the viewer and communicate a hopeful, inspiring message or a call to action. Sometimes narrative is used to tell a story, other times my piece is purely abstract.  But, my art is essentially about our life force, using our time on earth wisely for a purpose greater than ourselves.

MEDIA AND PROCESS

This acrylic painting was created in response to immersing myself in nature during a hike in northern Minnesota, in an area near where the Devil’s Kettle waterfall caldron is located.  The rapids are very fast, churning, falling and tumbling over miles of rivers and creeks.  Sometimes you will see whirlpools which are formed as the rock is carved by the forceful rush of water. It is mesmerizing.  But how do I capture its’ essence in a paining?  Capture the life force and energy within this constantly changing flow.

I chose to do it with abstraction rather than a plein air naturalist image. Capturing the essence of the energy of rapids, using a more unusual, unique colorful pallett, a bit wild based upon the foundation of standard color symbolizing water – bright blue.     Lots of energy, excitement, movement and optimism are captured in the painting. Take life head-on, take charge of your life, take risks, view life as an adventure to face with obstacles, of course set backs and challenges, danger and potentially tragedy.  This painting implies resilience and the ability to change course or overcome (flow) over obstacles, swerve, flail or fall but go forward – Progress- regardless.


Becca David

 

36.

Slate Dump Ridge
Rebecca David
Acrylic on Canvas
36” x 36”
$700

Artist Statement:

I chase the the call of hireath, a Welsh word loosely translated that means a longing for a place one cannot quite find. I have felt it since I was a small child digging in the creek bed and wondering “What wide place will I find at the end?” I answer the call of that timeless place in my journeys in clay and paint.

Artwork Statement:

This painting is born of a dream I had of a slate dump behind the barn on the hillside behind our home, growing up. Portions of the family farm had been room and pillar mind in the 1940s, long before the DEP took a roll in assuring that the land would be brought back to what it was before it was mined. I have very strong memories of this place on the hillside, where the slate held prehistoric memories in its fossils, and rose up high over our head. Yet somehow, out of this dump of sheared off rocks, trees managed to grow, seemingly out of nothing.

One might find the wavy lines to be symbols of the precious water that flows underground and the cross hatched marks to represent the chambers that lay in wait to catch fire or collapse under the Earth. The memories of the smell, and the feel of my hands in the dirt are vivid however; this is the dreamscape that came to me in the night.

www.beccadavidartist.com

IG: @beccadavidartist


SAM Greene

 

37.

Earth
SAM Greene
Size 25” x 17”
Media Digital image
$300

Website SciencePiction.com

Social Justice – especially for the children

This is a depiction of a benevolent, caring Earth that ensures safety and abundance for every

living being no matter what race, age, gender, or orientation. The overflowing cornucopia at top

left of this image celebrates an abundance of healthy food for all, reinforcing the notion of food

security. Each child’s birthright is to grow up in an nurturing environment of love and plenty.

This image is meant to encourage children to cultivate a sense of empowerment so they may

never lack for anything because they have confidence in their power to create whatever they

desire and whatever they need.

The Earth holds a ball of light symbolizing the spiritual tools that she will gift to all to beings to

aid them on their journey to find their place in the world. In her care, no harm will ever come

to them.

I have been a professional artist creating images in charcoal, pastel, and digital media since

1982.

I’ve also been a teaching artist, facilitating workshops in the visual arts to marginalized

populations for New York City Dept of Juvenile Justice at juvenile detention centers,

underserved NYC K-12 public schools, the Karen Organization of Minnesota to individuals

suffering from severe PTSD, and Brooklyn public library branches.

I’m grateful to have witnessed – first hand – my students accessing the healing powers of

creating art.

 

38.

Venus
SAM Greene
Size 25” x 17”
Media Digital image
$300

Website SciencePiction.com

Social Justice – especially for the children

Since ancient times, Venus has been known as the goddess of victory and empowerment.

If we aim to seek justice for all, each of us must first develop our own sense of power.

Venus also symbolizes peace, prosperity, and how we value ourselves.

Venus in mythology had many children.

Her loving spirit keeps the children pure, whole, and confident as they grow and evolve through

life and its struggles. In this image, Venus radiates the light of precious spirituality calling each

person to rise to their highest self.

I have been a professional artist creating images in charcoal, pastel, and digital media since

1982.

I’ve also been a teaching artist, facilitating workshops in the visual arts to marginalized

populations for New York City Dept of Juvenile Justice at juvenile detention centers,

underserved NYC K-12 public schools, the Karen Organization of Minnesota to individuals

suffering from severe PTSD, and Brooklyn public library branches. I’m grateful to have

witnessed – firsthand – my students accessing the healing powers of creating art.


Paul Kellett

39.

“Moving Forward”
Paul Kellett
Mixed Media
Framed, 50″ x 50″
$1200.

My name is Paul Kellett. I am a mixed media painter living and working in Minneapolis. My painting style is best described as exploratory.

I am continually amazed and intrigued by this incredible, beautiful existence we share, and seek to convey its energies in my artwork. The painting, “Moving Forward,” describes social currents interwoven, and despite complexity and challenges, we coalesce and bond over shared dreams and aspirations. Individually, we come together as one people.

40.

“Together We Build”
Paul Kellett
Acrylic on panel
Framed, 30″ x 32″
$400.

Communities come together to help solve common problems and achieve mutual goals. “Habitat for Humanity” is one such example.

In yesteryear, farm communities would all come together tohelp each other with large projects.

This art is based on the concept of teamwork and community building, with or without the physical construction of a building.


Frances Bates

41.

Thread Count (2024)
Frances Bates
Found Object
20in x 20in
$300

After a donation of a ton of empty thread spools, I knew I wanted to make an adult version of a bead maze toy. You can spin and move the center spools or just enjoy the colors of the piece. The name comes from a combination of the thread spools and what I would call the original interactive bead object, an abacus (early math tool).
Frances Bates francesbates22@gmail.com
https://francesbates22.wixsite.com/portfolio/press

 

42.

No One Can Do Everything, But Everyone Can Do Something (2014) and Vine Frame (2024)
Frances Bates
Drawing Print/Found Object
19.5in x 24in
$300

This is a print of my self-portrait drawing with a custom frame. The drawing is made from writing my favorite quote over and over again. We are all doing the best we can and sometimes you need a reminder of that. For the frame I was inspired by the strength of nature and decided to create a unique version of vines.
Frances Bates francesbates22@gmail.com
https://francesbates22.wixsite.com/portfolio/press


Owen Brown 

 

43.

The News from Niger (starvation)
Owen Brown
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48
$1,000

This loving scene, taken from a news photo, is actually a father with his son in hospital, suffering from malnutrition due to farming failure, this itself due to climate change and social disruption.  The reality was harsh – did he survive and prosper?  I hope so – as he reached a hospital it is likely he did.   But Niger faces an uncertain future still:  we must do what we can.

Owen Brown was born in Chicago, trained as a classical musician, took his first art class at 23, and much of what he’s wanted to do since then has been paint.

Brown holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago, and was a degree student at California College of the Arts. He lived for over 30 years in San Francisco, where he was represented by Meridian Gallery. He now lives in Minneapolis.   owenbrownartist.com

owenbrownartist@gmail.com

 

44.

The Art Shanties, #3
Owen Brown
Acrylic on canvas
15 x 15
$200

Every year since I arrived in Minnesota I have gone to see the Art Shanties, on a frozen lake.  I made several paintings from my visit last year: I was entranced by the swiftly changing light, and the green grays from Lake Harriet’s frozen surface.  This is a painting of a family enjoying themselves; perhaps the viewer can see that they’re not your expected “white” Minnesotan group.  But race, sexual preference, whatever:  in an ideal world there shouldn’t be barriers for happiness.  And the Art Shanties, for a moment, approximates this.
Owen Brown was born in Chicago, trained as a classical musician, took his first art class at 23, and much of what he’s wanted to do since then has been paint.

Brown holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago, and was a degree student at California College of the Arts. He lived for over 30 years in San Francisco, where he was represented by Meridian Gallery. He now lives in Minneapolis.   owenbrownartist.com

owenbrownartist@gmail.com

 

45.

 Daughters of the Dust # 1
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
25 x 15
$300

 

46.

Daughters of the Dust # 2
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
22 x 16
$300

 

47.

 Daughters of the Dust # 3
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
25 x 15
$300

 

48.

Daughters of the Dust # 4
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
25 x 15
$300

 

49.

 Daughters of the Dust # 5
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
30 x  21
$450

 

50.

Daughters of the Dust # 6
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
17 x 17
$450

 

51.

 Daughters of the Dust # 7
Owen Brown
Acrylic, spray, photo
25 x 15
$300

SERIES PRICE $1400

I painted these little paintings after having watched Daughters of the Dust.  D of D is a 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash and is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. Set in 1902, it tells the story of three generations of Gullah (also known as Geechee) women in the Peazant family on Saint Helena Island as they prepare to migrate off the island, out of the Southern United States, and into the North.

The imagery is extraordinarily beautiful, and so is the story, of an extended black family, leaving their past for an uncertain, but hopeful future into the “modern” way of life on the mainland.

I used three different sizes in this series to reflect the dynamism in the scenes that I selected. I took the photos from the movie itself, but of course, painted the paintings. I wanted them to enhance each other.  I hope they have.

Brown holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago, and was a degree student at California College of the Arts. He lived for over 30 years in San Francisco, where he was represented by Meridian Gallery. He now lives in Minneapolis.   owenbrownartist.com

owenbrownartist@gmail.com

 Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.  The source of my practice is the world with all its beauty and confusion – nature, so alien and alluring, the social, equally baffling but no less wonderful, and the uncomfortable friction between that, and our internal interpretations.   Life eludes easy understanding or conclusion: what are we seeing when we really think about it and how did we miss it before?

Owen Brown was born in Chicago, trained as a classical musician, took his first art class at 23, and much of what he’s wanted to do since then has been paint.

Brown holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago, and was a degree student at California College of the Arts. He lived for over 30 years in San Francisco, where he was represented by Meridian Gallery. He now lives in Minneapolis.

 

52.

A COVID Angel in Hell
Owen Brown
Acrylic on Linen
24 x 24
$300

I painted this in the midst of the pandemic.  Pretty awful!  I wanted to acknowledge the good: those nurses and doctors who, against stiff odds, showed up every day and took care of us. This from a photo in the Star Tribune:  some nurse nearby, anonymous because of her outfit, but helping someone breathe, and live.

Owen Brown was born in Chicago, trained as a classical musician, took his first art class at 23, and much of what he’s wanted to do since then has been paint.

Brown holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago, and was a degree student at California College of the Arts. He lived for over 30 years in San Francisco, where he was represented by Meridian Gallery. He now lives in Minneapolis.