St. Paul poet Naomi Cohn will offer a free writing class for older adults in St. Anthony Park, on Monday, August 7, from 10:00 to noon. The poetry workshop will take a playful approach to language, summer activities and fun. Registration is required: Call 651-642-9052.
Halle O’Falvey of St. Paul was one of four recipients of the Metropolitan State University Art Exhibition Committee’s 2017 Art Purchase Awards. O’Falvey’s quilt “Abstract Log Cabin” is a colorful free-style quilt, assembled with cotton fabrics and thread. Award winners, and $1,000 recipients, also included student Bryan Starry (Mpls.), alumnae Susan Solomon (Saint Paul), and faculty member Ursula Hargens (Mpls).
Minneapolis artist Mari Newman received first place in the American Printing House for the Blind 2017 sculpture contest with her artwork, “Architect’s Java.” The sculpture will be exhibited in APH’s Annual Exhibition and Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Mari’s art exhibit at Vision Loss Resources (1936 Lyndale Ave. S. at Franklin, Minneapolis) continues through August.
Minneapolis musician and composer Tony Wentersdorf is doing a series of CD release concerts for “Pandora,” which includes autoharp, guitar and vocal music. On Monday, July 17 at 6:30 he will play at The Underground Cafe (1579 Hamline Ave in St. Paul) with Mary Parker and Howard Kranz. The venue is not wheelchair-accessible.
Twin Cities storyteller Michael Merriam has helped organized an online Meetup group, the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. Come to network, hear readings from works in progress, swap story critiques, and talk shop. Members include science fiction, fantasy and horror writers with strong Minnesota ties — both those just starting out and established authors with multiple book contracts – with encouragement to write, improve craft, and submit stories! Meetups in St. Paul and Minneapolis may have a craft topic discussion or presentation, followed by another meetup session devoted to critiques (you can go to one or the other or both). Presenters include notable local authors, instructors at The Loft Literary Center, and roundtable discussions of interesting topics.
Mike Cohn, St. Louis Park dancer, will perform in the Minnesota Fringe Festival show Blackbeard’s Revenge, by The Park Theater Company, and performed five times at the Rarig Arena stage on the University of Minnesota campus.
Becca Cerra, a 2016 Emerging Artist Grantee, will exhibit her “Restriction, Perfection – The Other Side of Beauty” custom sculptures July 7 to August 4 at Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis (612-587-0230). A dancer, choreographer and metal sculptor, Cerra created a multi-dimensional project that asked uncomfortable questions and eloquently told the story of how women, when working together, can overcome their own limiting beliefs. The exhibit includes iron and steel sculptures (“restrictive clothing”), mini-performances, and photograph and video footage documenting development of the project. A Gallery Talk on Tuesday, July 25 will begin at 7:00. Regular exhibit hours are Tues. 5-9, Wed. & Fri. 1-6, and Sat. 1-4.
Burnsville artist Annie Young offers her latest study of color, texture and composition in a “Reign of Color” exhibit August 10 to September 23 at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville. Much of her new work veers away from her topographic layering; however, she will include earlier work of high relief landscapes to feel and experience. Braille, large print and online descriptions will be available. The Ames Center offers accessible parking and access to all spaces.