Submit Now! Inspirations 22 Member Show Art & Craft Volunteers Needed Phelps Mill Festival Report Members in the News Featured Artist Openings 2023 Make Sure Gallery Door is Locked! Perham Art Group
Submit Your Art Now! Inspirations 22 Member Show Deadline August 7
The August 7 deadline is fast approaching for Inspirations 22, a fantastic opportunity for Art of the Lakes members to display their work in the Charles Beck Gallery at M-State in Fergus Falls.
All members invited All members over the age of 18 are invited to submit up to two pieces of their artwork completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the Art of the Lakes gallery.
$700 in Awards will be made for this juried exhibition, including $300 for Best in Show, $150 for Best 2D, $150 for Best 3D and two $50 Honorable Mention awards.
Volunteers are still needed in the AOTL booth for Art & Craft Affair, Saturday August 13, 9-4. Please contact Debbie Ness, (218) 864-8606 if you can help out in any way. Thanks!
Phelps Mill Festival Report
By Brad Wegscheid Thank you to everyone who dropped off work for Phelps Mill! The booth looked much better this year than last. The walls were full and things looked less like a garage sale.
I personally think this event is in a bit of decline - the quality of other booths left a bit to be desired. The crowds seemed to be carrying around less purchases this year and they seemed to be there just to stroll about. And, as many probably know, Sunday was cut short due to storms. Sunday sales are usually small, so not a big loss.
All the same the AOTL booth did well! Sales total in the booth were $834.92, which was about $100 more than last year. Diana Fuder was the hot ticket in the booth this year with the greatest number and value of sales. As for myself, I got skunked! I did not even sell one $10 necklace, which I thought would be a great Phelps Mill type item.
A few ideas I hope to remember and share next year as we all get ready:
Those who brought work in a plastic tote are genius! The ground is always wet at Phelps so cardboard boxes stored under the tables do not do well. A plastic tote helps, especially if you have more than a couple items.
Prints that have plastic hangers on the back are also great because those can be hung on the wall so they get more eyes. But all the bins of prints we had were looked through frequently.
There was a huge lack of jewelry in the booth and I am not sure if that is a positive or negative? Maybe jewelry would sell well? Maybe it would be too hard to keep an eye on and would walk away?
Grace Haverty always supplies a very nice detailed list of the works she brings in. I can't say this list is always double checked when work is brought back to the gallery but it is super handy when needed and a great way to track your stuff. This year with the chaos of speed packing it was very nice.
John Olesen and I were in the booth Sunday when the storms came calling. Debbie Ness and her husband Paul were standing next to the booth at the time and were kind enough to help frantically pack. With eight hands we got things tossed together very quickly with no work damaged or wet! (The four of us, on the other hand, got quite soaked.)
Again, thank you to everyone who brought in work!
Members in the News
John Shaw is very pleased to have two of his works selected for inclusion in The Humble Cup, a national juried exhibition at the Louis Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock Texas.
Running from August 5 through October 2, the exhibition's aim is to investigate "the range that is found in the simple idea of the cup, bridging ideas of craft and fine art. LHUCA's objective for this exhibition is to showcase the greatest diversity of what a humble cup can be."
May Her Colors Fly (left picture) In quiet homage to all who fight oppression. Blue and yellow underglaze against a natural surface.
Just The Facts (right picture) A cup with minimal marks, a quiet form, and a self contained presence. Underglaze travels down the side along the bottom, against a smooth unglazed surface very soft to the touch.
Becky Albright is beyond excited, and feeling honored, to share that she and her Gyotaku fish art story will be featured on a segment of Minnesota Bound, a Ron Schara Production. It's scheduled to air on August 14 after the 10pm news on Kare 11 (NBC). It will then re-air the following August 20 at 6:30pm, again on KARE 11. It may also be found on Minnesota Bound Facebook and their You Tube archives after airing.
On August 18 at 6:30 and 10:00, Due North Outdoors will air the segment on Bally Sports North. Bally Sports Wisconsin will also air the segment, but dates are unknown at this time.
Kristi Swee Kuder is showing her fire-treated wire mesh sculpture, Flight, at The 63rd Midwestern Invitational Exhibition of Fine Art at The Rourke Gallery in Moorhead, MN. This year's exhibition, titled "Familiar Lands and Foreign Gates: The Hero's Journey" runs from June 18 to September 4.
Ruth Hanson has had a painting accepted into the 2022 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts exhibition.
Della Conroy is the featured artist at the Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton for the month of August. The reception is August 10 from 5:00-8:00 during the downtown wine walk.
Sandra Shaugnessy will be exhibiting her functional pottery and atmospheric-fired stoneware in her studio as part of Lakes Art Tour, August 20-21, from 10am - 5pm each day.
Shirley Daulton is offering a "paper making from plants" workshop at The Arthouse (35059 Boys Shore Trail , Ottertail MN) Wednesday August 10th from 1 -4. Supplies provided, cost is $45. Call for reservation (262) 676-9447.
Featured Artist Openings 2023
There are 4 dates remaining for AOTL Featured Artists in 2023: the month of May, June 1-15, Aug 16-31, and Sept 1-15. Please contact Donna Westerling for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-386-2868.
Make Sure Gallery Door Gets Locked!
A message for gallery sitters Over the course of the last year or two, the front gallery door has sometimes been inadvertently left unlocked.
Once you've locked the gallery’s front door, do not turn the knob to double-check to see if it's locked, because turning the knob unlocks the door.
Perham Art Group
Perham Art Group meets year round at the Perham Area Public Library every Saturday morning 10-12. Contact Catherine Erickson Catherinemy@hotmail.com for more info.