Artists in the News

Minneapolis performing artist Amy Salloway has several upcoming performances:
March 18, 7:30-10:00 PM – Storytellers Amy Salloway, Ward Rubrecht, Mike Finley, Danny Klecko, Jim Stowell and more will perform on the monthly Cheap Theatre theme, “Injury,” at The Black Forest Inn Festsaal Room, 26th and Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis. $10 tickets from the storytellers or at the door.
March 23, 7:00-8:30 PM – Amy Salloway and Patricia Enger are the curated tellers at Story Club Minneapolis, at Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W, Lake St., Minneapolis. The monthly show is half open mike, half curated. Put your name in the hat starting at 6:00 to get one of four 7-minute open mike slots, or just listen. $10 at the door.
April 30, 11:00 to 3:00 – Amy and Kevin Allison will present Storytelling for Business at The Phoenix Theater. Cost is $75. More info soon at

Minneapolis visual artist Amy Rice is having a busy winter/spring. Her studio is at 2205 California St. NE, Studio 602 in Minneapolis. Her solo show “Pickets and Peonies” is open through April 23 at Artistry, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, in Bloomington. Her fourth solo show with Art Star Gallery in Philadelphia, “Curb Appeal,” is March 25 through May 21 with an artist reception April 8 from 5-7 (her birthday!). And she has new work online and at Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis.

Minneapolis visual artist Loretta Bebeau opened a community-generated exhibit, “We the People,” in Northeast Minneapolis at 2001 A Space, 2001 5th St. NE. Hand tracings gathered from the community over three years along with translations from numerous languages of the shared word “health” result in vibrant colors of paintings and drawings, revealing the energy of voices together. Following the March 10 opening reception, it will be up through March 31, Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 1:00 to 4:00 or by appointment at 612-462-3270.

Naomi Cohn, St. Paul poet, is offering Free Writing Workshops with Saint Anthony Park Area Seniors in April and May. They are Mondays from 10:00 AM to noon at 2200 Hillside Avenue, Saint Paul, Call 651-642-9052 to register.
April 3: Writing Home: Building Blocks of Poetry: Explore the theme of “Home” through poetry and writing. April 17: Body Language: Writing With and About Our Bodies: jumpstart our writing with poems about the body, and enrich our writing with a focus on the senses. May 1: Haiku and Other Short Poems: learn about and play around with short poetry forms. See how much we can say with just a few words. May 15: Meet Your Muse: Staying Inspired to Write: sample ways to jumpstart your writing on your own—responding to poems, everyday objects and more. Future Known By Heart workshops will be in May in partnership with Hamline Midway Elders and Hamline Midway Library in Saint Paul, and in June with Seal Hi-Rise.

Minneapolis writer Bruce Ario has a number of his memoirs, novels and poetry books available on (most Amazon Digital Services, Kindle): Coming Around, 2016; Looking Through, 2016; Reflections of a Light, 2016; Everyone Is My Hero, 2013; Help From Above, Push From Below, Fight for the Middle – Recovery, 2012; City Boy, Beaver’s Pond Press, Kindle, 2015. (NOTE: Make VSA Minnesota your Amazon Smile route to buying these books, and a portion of your purchase comes back to support Minnesota artists with disabilities.)

Minneapolis poet and playwright Raymond Luczak in December attended a staged reading of his full-length play I NEVER SLEPT WITH HELEN KELLER at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Dameun Strange was named executive director of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Assn. in late 2016. NEMAA is a non-profit arts organization whose vision is to foster a sustainable community where artists can work and showcase their art. Activities include Art-A-Whirl®, Fall Fine Arts, Wintertide and more. Dameun is an award-winning composer, a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow, a member of the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Team, and a well-known artist, activist and organizer. Info: 612-788-1679,, 2205 California St. NE, #118, Minneapolis 55418.

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