Monday, November 29, 2010
The Fine Craft Collective offers various art from 25 local and regional artists.
Have you noticed that a new shop appeared on Division Street recently? In what was once a vacant storefront, the Fine Craft Collective appeared and, with its stunning display of fine arts and crafts in the front window, is catching the attention of many Northfielders. Though the shop appears to be a new store, the Fine Craft Collective is actually in its seventh year—but will only stick around until Dec. 24. Collective coordinator and jewelry artist Leanne Stremcha scopes out a location each year, this year finding an ideal spot at 314 Division. The shop is filled with the work of 25 artists, most of whom are Northfield-based and all with ties to the community. Working with a cooperative business model, the artisans all pitch in to cover …
Monday, November 22, 2010
Held at Buntrock Commons, those who contributed to the Big Print visited St. Olaf College on Sunday for a gathering—and cake—to see their work.
Plenty of people stopped by Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College on Sunday to check out the Big Print, a collaborative project combining the work of nearly 1,200 people.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The mammoth piece of art, appropriately called "The Big Print," uses nearly 1,200 donated panels and is on display at St. Olaf.
There's art. There's big art. Then there's what the folks at ArtOrg have accomplished. More than two years in the making, The Big Print, which is on display at St. Olaf College's Buntrock Commons, is comprised of 1,180 replicated 16-inch by 16-inch relief prints collected from children and adults during ArtOrg's first Thousand Print Summer in 2008. The piece is so big that ArtOrg has submitted an application with Guinness World Records to garner that recognition, said Dave Machacek, executive director of ArtOrg. The Big Print covers nearly 5,000 square feet of walls — yes, walls, as it spans three levels — in the main corridor of Buntrock Commons. Each individual print from 2008 was reprinted on fabric and sewn together, strategically …
ArtOrg's latest exhibit closes Saturday.
Editor's note: ArtOrg Executive Director Dave Machacek writes about friend and artist, Zigmunds Priede, whose work is currently on display at the ArtOrg gallery through Saturday. Zigmunds Priede came from his native Latvia to the small town of Judson, MN, after fleeing a war-torn Europe with his mother and sister. He became a student at the University of Minnesota and took a printmaking class. After he entered the printmaking studio, Priede said that he "never left." After graduating, he and some friends drove to California in a blue 1954 Ford. Priede completed a graduate degree in art from Berkeley then headed for a job as a master printer near New York City at Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island. He started as a master printer…