As a REALTOR®, I get my foot in the door of a lot of homes. And I help real estate buyers get a foot in the door of homes as well. Most every home I am privileged to walk through has art. I see a variety of art, original and otherwise: paintings, sculpture, ceramics, quilts, metalwork, three-dimensional pieces, drawings, photography, landscape art, collages, architectural models, découpage, and more.
One home I visited had artwork that the teen-aged daughter had displayed on her bedroom door. She had written something and I was struck by its beauty, humor and simplicity. I wanted to take it home with me. Alas, I could not. But to this day I recall the impact it had on me and I still smile as I think about the experience.
Have you had such an experience yourself? Artists such as this young woman will surface in droves beginning next week at an event here in our Twin Cities.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art officially opens the doors to the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Gallery on Friday, February 19th. The exhibition will be free and open to the public through June 13, 2010. This exhibit takes place once every ten years. That’s right. Once every ten years. It’s open to any resident of Minnesota.
Art drop-off and registration took place this past week, February 4-7. Word heard is that the lines were long, with people waiting 2-3 hours to get their ‘foot in the door’. Art submitted had to fit in a 12-inch square box.
Opening night is Thursday, February 18th from 6-9 p.m. and is museum-wide. An excited, enthusiastic, creative, and fun mob of artists and friends is expected (my description, not MIA’s). See the link below about the opening reception, complete with the chance to be part of the “Best Shoes in the Door” Flickr gallery. Feeling generous? You won’t be able to purchase any art but you can bring new socks to help with the St. Stephens sock drive.
“All in favor of art, say aye.”
Click on the photo below to see additional photos from the setup.