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Artist Way

Art seems to rush in like waves in my life and recently they seem to be at an all-time peak.

This past Thursday night Emmett and I spent time at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts checking out the new Matisse exhibit where we were inspired to “draw with scissors” and create our own colorful collage postcard to send to someone who inspires us. (Bonus: The Institute mails the postcards for free, smart promotion!). How brilliant to combine personal art with writing!

Then on Saturday afternoon our family took a walking field trip to the Weinstein Gallery, my favorite gallery in the Twin Cities. Martin Weinstein has an eye for talent. He currently is featuring a collection of work from local Alec Soth, a world renowned photographer. We heard Alec speak a few years ago at The Walker and I was hooked instantly. His projects have taken him everywhere from Paris to down the Mississippi River, each bringing with it a raw, visceral effect, giving a fresh perspective on today’s world. The piece below is my favorite from his Niagara project. No surprise, it’s handwritten. Alec asked locals to find existing love letters in their home which he then photographed. This one has my heart.

Would You Come Home? 2005

Another artist who combines personal notes with art is Cape Town artist, Lorraine Loots, with her project 365 Paintings for Ants.

In 2013 Lorraine created a miniature painting and postcards for everyday of the year, some driven by a client, others not. This year she is continuing the project with each piece painted with a Cape Town theme. Not only is the art for sale but Lorraine will handwrite a personal message on the back of each piece or postcard, making this a personal piece to treasure.

A few other exhibitions recently surfacing in the Twin Cities…

St.Paul artist Siri Knutson will feature a lovely, new collection this Saturday night between 8-10pm on 48th & Chicago (just picked up a few tiny gold circles I am crazy about!).

Alecia Stevens

Looking forward to the new Edward Hopper exhibit at The Walker, Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process, which includes never before exhibited drawings and preparatory work.

It’s a gift to live in a world with such great talent, using their hands to create art which can bring one to a different place, touching each one of us differently than the other.  

if it’s there, use it

These days, in the midst of our highly digital world, you might assume most well-to-do establishments place their resources on state-of-the-art technology. While this may be the case at times, many still stay true to the old-fashioned paper.

Our numero uno brown ink fan, Jenni David, continuously supplies me with paper goodies she brings home after her trips around the globe. This last round it was a cool postcard from BookMarc, the Mark Jacobs bookstore and a notebook from The Mill where she was editing a spot.

mill bookmarc

I’ve also received a handful of stationery from fab hotels, from New York City to Santiago.

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JenniINTL Whenever on the road (which is rare these days) I search for boutiques which sell their own line of paper products. The one below came back from our weekend in Palm Springs last Fall, visiting the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Not only is the notepad a handsome “field note” style, and moleskin made, but it always reminds me of my carefree state-of-mind when I glance at the cover.

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Locally, institutions such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, are smart with giveaways. Last year we helped host an event and came home with a sturdy, spiral notebook. Aside from the quality, it’s a Thank You gift I will actually use. Double bonus.

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Now that Nick is not currently traveling for work there is a bit of a lull when it comes to hotel stationery. Thankfully I have stored up! Ha. But it’s something I hope hotels, art institutes, cool boutiques and not-so-trendy boutiques keep up with – free stationery or inexpensive paper goods in their stores. Every time I travel I seem to have a reason to write a letter using the hotel stationery. And my need for notebooks only grows over time. I’m also pretty certain if the Chicago hotel where the boys camped out this past week had not supplied stationery, Emmett might not have written this note while on vacation, away from his sister.

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(Not even prompted! I’m just saying.)