Friday, November 30, 2012

Welcome to our Gift Gallery!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I've collected items and events in this Holiday Gift Gallery! It's a great way to find creative gifts for everyone on your list and an opportunity to support the talented artists in our community.
Many of you know that  I have been affiliated with the Handmade Tile association for years. As a designer and lover of handmade tile, I have promoted many tile artists who are also members and included in the Handmade Tile Directory. Last year Josh Blanc, owner of Clay Squared to Infinity, opened a fun shop downtown in Gaviidae Commons for the Holidays. He is doing it again this year! Stop down for some very unique and local artisans gift - plus, 5% of all sales are donated to the Northeast Minneapolis Art District! Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Visit for more information.

I love the tile from Mercury Mosaics! Check out my Before/After  section on my website, photos 23-28 for a fantastic transformation on a "Spiff-up" using Mercury Mosaics as the centerpiece of the project! Their custom studio at the Casket Arts Building (681 17th Avenue NE, Mpls.) is open for the holidays on Thursday, December 6, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

I have used Northern Prairie Tileworks beautiful tiles in two installations and I am always amazed at the variety of designs, colors, glazes, patterns and everything they can accomplish in their local shop and factory. I have a new project I just completed that is a combination of Roger's 2" x 2" and 4" x 4" tiles - it's called the Not So Fancy Kitchen, and you can see photos of it on my Facebook page.

Fire On The Greenway Gallery & Studios, next door to North Prairie Tileworks, will be having their annual Holiday Sale this weekend, December 1 from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. and December 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a collective of 17 potters and sculptures who utilize North Prairie's gas kiln for some of their work and includes two members of the North Prairie Tileworks staff. Check it out this weekend at 2845 Harriet Avenue, Minneapolis.

Check out this new Water Colorist!
In November, I met a new tenant and artist at the Cache event at the Casket Arts Building  who is working in the Interior Design field and she is a fantastic water colorist. Check out her studio in the Casket Arts building,  #109, on Thursday, December 6 and Saturday December 8. Her name is Bonnie Folkerts and her website is:  You can also purchase art and notecards on her website at

Give the gift of health and exercise to your friends! 
I have recently joined a great workout studio near my house in the Kingfield neighborhood. It's called Four Gates, and they will be offering Gift Certificates from their website.Consider giving your friends an unlimited pass for 30 days for $60! It was a great way for me to try all the classes and pick the ones I love that best fit my schedule

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