Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Visual artists deserve an awards show, like every other genre!! Please RSVP and invite others via: http://www.evite.com/event/03D87HDTP3OEJ4QTMEPEXK64U4WQQI TODAY: Tuesday, June 23rd, 6pm in Roseville. Thanks!

Friday, May 15, 2015


Tuesday, June 23rd 6pm

Please RSVP and invite others via: http://www.evite.com/event/03D87HDTP3OEJ4QTMEPEXK64U4WQQI?gid=03D87HDTP3OEJ462CEPEXK64U56QGM

Join us for a discussion about the mission, categories, criteria, funding, and organizational steps to set up a sustainable MN Visual-Fine Arts Awards program. Artists, arts advocates and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. We need ideas and committee members to get this started, no long term commitment - just a passion to recognize the visual arts genre deserves an awards show, too.

Location: Roseville Public Library (Ramsey County Library) first door on the right as you enter the building.
2180 Hamline Avenue N
Roseville, MN

Please invite anyone interested to attend!

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Friday, May 8, 2015


You are cordially invited to join us!

Friday, May 15th
Subtext Books
165 Western Avenue (in the basement)
St Paul MN http://www.subtextbooks.com/

Writers from Hawaii's Bamboo Ridge Press include:
Ann Inoshita, Juliet S. Kono, Christy Passion, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama

They will read from "No Choice But to Follow", a volume of forty-eight linked poems known as renshi written during the course of a year by these poets. It reflects both the personal and public stories of that year.

Join us and invite others to share the spirit of Aloha!!

Western Avenue is under construction but Subtext can be accessed via Selby Avenue, bookstore is located under Nina's Coffee.

Bamboo Ridge Press was founded in 1978 to publish literature by and about Hawaii's people.

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Monday, March 2, 2015


Minnesota Visual Fine Arts Awards
Organizational meeting #2
Feb. 21, 2015

Attending; Ingrid Restemayer, Ima B Musing, and Stephen Workman

For future invites, send invites to specific groups. Check with Minnesota Arts Board. arts.state.mn.us

Stephen—check with Springboard on help they can provide.

Mission: To recognize MN top visual artists for their achievements and to expand, promote, and document MN as a leading arts destination.

Ivy and Sage awards may be willing to mentor us.

Build committees around Mission Statement, awards, promotion, documentation.

Stephen—invite from SPAC and LFF

Ima to set up Facebook page for MVFAA

Stephen: logo?

Next meeting: March 22, 2 pm, Black Dog Cafe in downtown St. Paul, MN
Please use evite to RSVP: http://www.evite.com/event/03D87HDTP3OEJ4QTMEPEXK64U4WQQI

Notes taken by Stephen Workman.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Meeting Jan. 31, 2015
Attending: Ima B. Musing, Ingrid Restemayer, Susan Gainen, Stephen Workman,

Visual Artist residency rules
What is visual artist
Artists—apply or nominated
Receive entries—administration
Brainstorming awareness—reach rest of state organizing around idea
Budget (TBD)

Draft Mission statement
To recognize MN top visual artists for their achievements in the field and to expand, promote, and document MN as a leading arts destination.

Draft categories
digital/new media
traditional categories

Define Visual Arts, maybe use MN State Fair as a guide (Susan will investigate)
Investigate other Awards Other states programs and MN State Arts Board (Ingrid will investigate)
Contact Sage and Ivey awards for mentoring (Ima will investigate)
Brainstorm Again Fundraising
Social Media Postings to be done on Art Mob Twin Cities MN Facebook page and imabmusing.blogspot.com until we establish our own website for the awards.

Next Meeting—Feb. 21, 10 am
Use evite to RSVP at http://www.evite.com/event/03D8VFZ6HWHKWQBNGEPEVGET2SVM4M

Ingrid Restemayer Studio 401 b,
Northrup King, 1500 Jackson St. NE,
Use van buren st entrance to walk up the stairs or use elevator near Dock 7 and walk the length of the building. It is the final studio on the end of the 4th level.
Please bring a treat or refreshment to share when you join us.

Steve Workman took these notes, Ima added to them a bit for clarification.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


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Sunday, December 14, 2014


The Minnesota Visual Arts Awards, which could also be called The Minnesota Fine Art Awards or something completely different, is an idea that has been brewing in my mind for a while. I noticed that every other genre of art: dance, literary- book, music, and theatre have award shows but what about the visual or fine arts? Equity is needed.

I asked around and finally decided to get the proverbial “ball rolling.” Thus, we have a creative-storming session planned for Saturday, January 31st, 2015. It is only a discussion session with the goal of forming a planning committee. The planning committee will then work towards drafting a charter with a mission statement and establishing a Board of Directors. The Board will then need to officially file the charter to procure 501(c)3 nonprofit status. They also need to finalize categories, selection criteria, and funding with a fiscal agent to hold the money until it is needed. I do not plan to be a part of the Board; I just want to get the planning committee started on their journey.

Possible Mission Statement:
In an effort to recognize Minnesota’s top visual artists for their achievements in the field, and to expand, promote, and document Minnesota’s role as a leading fine arts destination.

Potential Categories include but are not limited to:
Digital-New Media
Service to the Arts (individual and nonprofit categories)
Emerging Visual Artist (under two years selling artwork)
Lifetime Achievement (20+ years)
Visual Art Teacher (K-12, college, and community)

Prospective Criteria include but are not limited to:
Must be a resident of Minnesota; at least 51% of the time
?? to be defined

Goal: Host first awards ceremony in 2016.

If you are interested, please join our session in January. Please use Evite to RSVP (event is free) http://www.evite.com/event/03D8PM5VZDG23QP7EEPEP7M4JMNAFMwww.evite.com/event/03D8PM5VZDG23QP7EEPEP7M4JMNAFM">

We seek statewide involvement from artists and arts advocates with a diverse and inclusive planning committee nee Board of Directors. Technology will assist with connecting to people with Internet capabilities but it will require thoughtful consideration to make sure that the planning and awards are truly representational of ALL of Minnesota.
Visual Arts Awards!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


First creative-storming meeting of people interested in establishing a formal Minnesota Visual Arts Awards ceremony. Please use Evite to RSVP (event is free) http://www.evite.com/event/03D8PM5VZDG23QP7EEPEP7M4JMNAFM

We will discuss possible mission, categories, choose some members of the initial planning committee, and consider donors. Goal is to host first awards in 2016.

Roseville Library
Community Program Room
Saturday, January 31, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Needed: 1) Technology-minded person to help arrange for Skype session, et al; and, 2) Seed money for incidental expenses like photocopies and Dunn Bro treats? (see below). Please contact the Facebook group Art Mob Twin Cities MN administrator ASAP. Thanks!!

NOTE: No outside food or drink is permitted, must buy from Dunn Bros on site. If you would like to procure treats for the attendees, contact the Art Mob Twin Cities MN administrator to coordinate. (Art Mob Twin Cities MN aka Ima (moi) has no funds for refreshments.)

Please invite all interested persons, we seek statewide representation geographically and be inclusive of all forms of diversity. Artists and arts advocates welcome!

I don't plan to lead the group, just start the discussion.

Art On!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta
Focused on the sexual exploits of racist, sexist, and the entire field of negative –ism available with little character clarity. [Translated]

The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Anderson
Faux historical novel needed a genealogical chart since it was difficult to determine who was who, especially when titles were involved. There were no sympathetic characters.

Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt
Focused on the antics of Greeks on campus. Not enough development of the characters internal life. I lost interest after a couple chapters.

Dangerously Bound by Eden Bradley
Tie them up, tie them down, lack of character development abounds!

Hollywood in Heels by Charity Gaye Finnestad
Some great bits marred by an inconsistent memoir lacking timeframe references. Personal worth defined by sex and alcohol consumption with very little self-disclosure.

Our Picnics in the Sun by Morag Joss
Story ruined by the prologue “article.” Narrative leaps around without clarification. There is some delightful prose muddled by the mundane.

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang
Hints of brilliance overwhelmed by meandering storyline. Author hints that this book is emulating another author’s style, which is never recommended.

Thornlost by Melanie Rawn
Author assumed that the reader had read the previous novels and did not provide enough back-story for the first-time reader. Needed map and terminology glossary, though the list of characters helpful. Continuation of a series.

Just say no...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld Four Worms
Haunting examination of prison inmates, their victims, and how inmates are victimized. Powerful images, bittersweet, and painful descriptions. Could have used a bit more fleshing out of a few characters, but the novel is well written.

Rescue Mode by Ben Bova & Les Johnson Three and a Half Worms
Fabulous technological explanations of the perils of space travel. Good descriptions of the political process there involved. Lacked diversity of the characters in authority positions. Could have used more back-story regarding the characters before they started their journey. Ending was rather abrupt.

Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey Three and a Half Worms
Continuation of a series. Beautifully written with the exception of the existentialism of interlude. A few logic problems but mostly solid science fiction.

Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejide Three and a Half Worms
Intimate examination of the mind, poetic imagery of a difficult story. Leaps through time and sometimes it is difficult to determine which character is being scrutinized. On the verge of a fantastic book.

Cementville by Paulette Livers Three Worms
Pearls and gems mixed in with the cement. Should of focused on two characters instead of a plethora. Final chapters were hurried.

The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal Two and Half Worms
Could have been a terrific book. However, the narrative jumped around from character to character without indicating who was speaking. Time discombobulated, pun intended, it would have worked better weaving the story chronologically with a few flashbacks.

Add a book to every gift.
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