THE STUDIO SPOTLIGHT:
Highlighting the work of one, from over 75 Interact visual artists
The Studio Spotlight highlights the work of featured Interact Studio artists. A small sample of their work is included here and more is available for purchase. You can see work by this and other Interact visual artists with a personalized gallery visit tailored to your interests. Please contact Kathleen at 612-339-5145 or email@example.com to schedule your visit.
The Interact Studio is home to artists with disabilities from all backgrounds and all ages. We offer an exciting season of exhibitions in the Interact Gallery, and our work is shown in a number of outsider and visionary arts collections. The Studio provides accessible work space and professional art supplies to facilitate painting, drawing, sculpture, clay, textile work and other media. Artists are trained and supported through the long process of artistic growth and are paid commissions on the sale of their artwork.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Mike Harris, Jr.
Michael Harris, Jr. has been coming to Interact since January 2010. He is an artist of many talents! Mike graduated from Hennepin Technical College with a degree in woodworking and continues to craft beautiful wood pieces while also exploring other mediums. When Mike arrived at Interact, he focused mainly on drawing in pencil and charcoal; more recently he is developing his painting skills as well.
Over the past year Mike has been working on systematic studies of color and shape. He completed several series of paintings based on five patterns: stars, zig-zags, nets, spirals and randomized shapes, all of which utilize vibrant and compelling color combinations. In 2014, Mike’s resolution is to take what he’s learned and move in a new direction, breaking away from the pattern studies. When asked if he knows what new direction he’d like to take, he claims he “has no idea, but is open to anything and excited about the challenge.” This is characteristic Mike.
In addition, Mike is part of a team of artists designing and working on a large collaborative painting. This team is made up of artists of all different levels of experience, and Mike is looking forward to learning new approaches from this working group. The group’s combined effort will replace the previous collaborative painting which some Interact regulars will know as the Tower of Babel painting which has long graced the hallway at the Colonial Warehouse. That painting sold over the holidays! You can see pictures and follow the progress of the new collaborative piece on Facebook by checking out our
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UNIQUINOX: A Street Festival of the Imagination
Following is information from UNIQUINOX 2013.
Directed by Scotty Reynolds and Taous Khazem
Featuring the Interact artists with and without disabilities
Please visit us on FACEBOOK to see photos of Interact artists creating UNIQUINOX 2013
Interact will once again unveil itself as a palace of wonders and celebrate the fall equinox with a one-day-only art and performance extravaganza! Guests will marvel at larger than life puppets, be amazed by a host of frolicking forest creatures and witness a circus of the make believe!
The street festival includes a giant puppet and mask pageant of unparalleled curiosities, side show cameos, live music, art cars, food trucks and a market place of treasures and more!
UNIQUINOX Schedule for the day:
1:00 The preshow begins with music, art cars and other delights
1:30 The grand pageant begins featuring a puppet and mask extravaganza
2:30 A dance party in true Interact style: come dance with your favorite Interact artists
3:00 Street fun continues wiht jugglers, musicians and other such cameo favorites
|Presented in partnership with the Colonial Warehouse.|
Interact Studio mounts professional public exhibitions each year in the Interact Gallery, along with special exhibition events in invited venues throughout the metro area. Because artists with disabilities face even greater economic and space/mobility challenges than most mainstream artists, Interact provides generous, accessible studio space and all necessary art supplies to facilitate painting, drawing, sculpture, clay, textile work and other media. We provide a full roster of visual arts seminars, guided by six professional staff as well as guest artists, in areas such as life drawing, mosaic, art history, sculpture and multi-media forms. Artists are trained and supported through the long process of aesthetic maturation and evolution, and they are challenged to complete work for Interact's exhibition season.
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