On Location – An ACW drawing co-op
The idea originated in 2016 when Debra Ripp began drawing the random items piled under the awning of her garage. Deb decided to invite her friend Catherine Palmer to join her in drawing the items in her backyard. Soon they were asking others to come over and began to bring food to share before they knew it the group had grown and they were drawing a few different backyards within the group.
Wanting to expand on their idea Deb and Katie realized they could have people meet at different locations around the Twin Cities. After that it became a great way to meet up with a variety of people who just wanted to draw and eat snacks.
The group is now run by Debra Ripp and Rebecca David. You can find out more by checking out the Facebook page or emailing one of the project managers. Want to know when the next meet up is? – Check the Facebook page or ACW calendar.
Meet the Project Managers
I am a native Minnesotan born in Mankato and based in the Twin Cities. I welcome you to come visit my studio in the Dow building and in the Creative Zone of St. Paul. The Dow building is on the Green Line of the Twin Cities Light Rail System~ Tobersonstudios, 2242 University Ave. W. #201B, St. Paul. MN 55114
Tobersonstudios is home to a broad range of spirited images by Debra Ripp in mixed media. Toberson is the doghead figure that you see in much of my work. He is an original insignia character in my work, the guide to all of my imagery.
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.
Artist – Minneapolis, MN
Rebecca was born in rural Pennsylvania and currently resides in Southside Minneapolis. She began her formal education at Edinboro University of PA and completed a BA in Art and BS in Business Administration at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania.
She is a firm supporter of the ADA, STEAM initiatives (Science Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and the belief that ALL children deserve the opportunity to bring their creative voice forward no matter what race, culture, creed, ability or financial status.
Rebecca’s newest body of ceramic work is both functional and decorative, a mixture of utilitarian wares and wall pieces. This work expresses the tension between the containment and release of emotion in dealing with societal conflict. Her return to painting in 2021 explores these same concepts along with her love of nature in simple botanical studies.
Prior to relocating to Minneapolis in 2016 she has participated in multiple artist residency projects through what is now known as the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media, held memberships with NCECA, Teaching Artist Guild, the PA Arts Education Association (conference presenter). She is currently a member of Art to Change the World, NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and an active volunteer for The Art Shoppe at the Midtown Global Market.
Artist – Minneapolis, MN