Not many outdoor events during the cold winter months here in the Twin Cities are that appealing to me.  But when you mix creativity, architecture, surprise, experience and community, I'm there.  And, it's called the Art Shanty Projects, so grab the family, your boots, hand-warmers and get out there.
 
 
This past weekend was Radar's first ever Pop Up Shop, "Snap*Crafted*Pop".  I have wanted to host one for a few years now since the concept is such a match to my local passion and support of creative talent in our cities.  I must say, it went well!  As I said on my Facebook page:  Close to 300 of you came out to support local MN artists.  You shopped, you purchased, you lingered, you brought your families, dogs, friends, husbands, wives, partners, moms, dads. And then our generous volunteers - you added that intimate experience by greeting, serving, taking coats, wrapping, pouring, DJing. I was just hoping 100 guests would attend. The love of local & community is strong even on a snowy night. I'm thrilled my little Radar could make a dent in bringing awareness to yet another batch of local creative products & talent. And knowing the purchased crafted items will be enjoyed just a little bit more because real hands made them.

Check out the photos of SCP here!
 
 
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My email fills daily with blasts from around the country to help me stay in-the-know. Today I received one about John Holcomb, the artist behind The United Plates series of prints.  Here is what he "sees" when he looks at our state lines ----->



Really?  So it got me searching for some "state art"...

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Found this on Etsy, sweet. Artist is from St Paul ------>

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Another Etsy find by a local artist...

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One of my personal pieces, by local artist, Emily Johnson.

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  Purchased this print from Shoppe Local, (RIP).  It was part of the Collapse and Recovery-the 35W Bridge Poster Project.  It welcomes guests in our front hall.

So with all our fine artists, designers in this state, I'd love to see if you have pieces that reflect your vision of our state.  If so, send it!  Would love to highlight it here! 

 
 
Local design agency Little&Company every year sends out a Valentine's Day card & every year I cherish it's arrival!  Here is this year's steamy stunner...
 
 
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My personal favorite local art event!  Our home is surrounded by MCAD student art and this year The MCAD Art Sale has expanded with an additional evening and more access to work from in-demand artists.  For the second and third days of the sale, in-demand artists will be able to restock their work.
thurs, nov 18, 6-9p - Preview Party, tickets $150- Complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and valet parking
fri, nov 19, 6-9p - Opening Night, tickets $35 in advance or $40 at the door Cash bar. Valet parking $5
sat, nov 20, 9-5p - Free admission and free art studio for kids

Art is available for sale during each of the three events. 

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fri, 11/19, 7- late, artenbru
Twenty brave local amateur brewers and designers collaborate, as pairs, to create limited-edition sets of beer and poster design for you to sample and enjoy at this first-of-its-kind event at the Black Dog Cafe in St Paul.

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sat, 11/20 • 10a – 6p  guild
Join Guild for a Holiday Style Extravaganza and enjoy an eclectic and festive mix of Trunk Show artists. Guild is a collective featuring the fine work of stylists, artists, retailers and designers from around the Twin Cities.

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Winter Farmer-in-the-Market will be held on the following dates, from 10a – 2p
nov 20, dec 18, jan 15, feb 19, mar 19, apr 16
location:D'Lish

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Does the thought of making this stress you out?  Then go out!  Many restaurants are serving up Thanksgiving right!  Here's a list on Open Table