Studio visits, nonprofit galleries and the MIA

Kathranne Knight at SooVAC.

Kathranne Knight at SooVAC.

 
 

Thank you Jehra Patrick!

In December, Chicken Tractor headed back to Minnesota to get a more in-depth look at Minneapolis's art scene. With Jehra Patrick as our intrepid guide, we toured 7 artists' studios, Highpoint Press, SooVAC, Midway Gallery and The Soap Factory where Jehra had curated the show Working Forces (it was fantastic). With a much higher percentage of tax dollars going to the arts, Minnesota has a thriving art scene with far more non profit galleries than commercial galleries, more grants going to individual artists and offering higher dollar amounts such as the $25,000 McKnight Foundation grant. After a couple of great meals and a little sleep, we headed to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to catch the Martin Luther - Art and the Reformation show. Again, FANTASTIC. We can't wait to go back in 2017 to meet more artists and dig even deeper.

 
 
Highpoint Press works collaboratively with artists from around the world, has it's own gallery and runs classes for the community. It was an amazing facility.  

Highpoint Press works collaboratively with artists from around the world, has it's own gallery and runs classes for the community. It was an amazing facility.

 

Lithography stones at Highpoint Press.  

Lithography stones at Highpoint Press.

 

Stephanie Brunia, Jehra Patrick and Kathranne Knight get married, or at least they can if their Vegetable Compatibility Tests come out right. Yes, it was delightfullly weird and magical at The Soap Factory.

Stephanie Brunia, Jehra Patrick and Kathranne Knight get married, or at least they can if their Vegetable Compatibility Tests come out right. Yes, it was delightfullly weird and magical at The Soap Factory.

Martin Luther - Art and the Reformation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The $20 exhibition fee was more than made up for in the first room when we saw this amazing plague mask, and it just kept getting better and better. 

Martin Luther - Art and the Reformation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The $20 exhibition fee was more than made up for in the first room when we saw this amazing plague mask, and it just kept getting better and better. 

A close up from an incredible woodblock print of a church festival. There was a lot more drinking, dancing, fighting and general debauchery going on at church in the 1400's. 

A close up from an incredible woodblock print of a church festival. There was a lot more drinking, dancing, fighting and general debauchery going on at church in the 1400's. 

This is basically a huge book illustrating biblical stories on multiple folding wings. The side panels are three deep with images and text painted on both sides, and the panels in the middle slide to expose even more lessons. It was incredibly beautiful.

This is basically a huge book illustrating biblical stories on multiple folding wings. The side panels are three deep with images and text painted on both sides, and the panels in the middle slide to expose even more lessons. It was incredibly beautiful.

An unscheduled side trip to a store selling everything from resurrection plants to magic candles and soaps that will wash away your bad luck. It was overwhelming in a good way. Hopefully we can find it again.

An unscheduled side trip to a store selling everything from resurrection plants to magic candles and soaps that will wash away your bad luck. It was overwhelming in a good way. Hopefully we can find it again.

Some of the soaps look like soap operas. 

Some of the soaps look like soap operas. 

Steph and Kathranne in foreground. Unknown skeletons in background.

Steph and Kathranne in foreground. Unknown skeletons in background.