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art shows last night

everything about last night was .. not normal. started out with a few people meeting up @ a friend’s place and somehow we decided that piling seven or so people into one vehicle was a good idea.. many weird dramas took place between 10pm and 3am (that will not be detailed here.. you’re welcome) but we managed to squeeze in 3 art shows:

rhea pappas @ the fallout urban art center
the senior show for rhea, celebrating her graduation from mcad. i had no idea her images were so huge.. some great images here (i am trying to convince her to become a suicide girls photographer on the side – we’ll see) check out her books on her site

the support show @ art of this gallery
silent auction to benefit “free arts mn” non-profit group, with works by john grider, Tara Costello and many more.. insanely good prices on these works – unfortunately – i’m broke from x-mas shopping :(
decent turnout though and the awesome little thrift store next door stayed open (which came in super handy when gina had a serious wardrobe malfunction – thanks to the very nice girl @ the counter who re-opened the store for her)

opening for allen brewer @ umber studios
this show had an impressive turnout – the studio was packed with very good-looking people.. yeah it’s tiny but that’s still impressive for it’s location. my first time @ umber and i liked it. alot. excellent presentation & friendly bar service (though the food was extremely .. odd – oh well, didn’t come for the food anyway)

stopped by the leaning tower as well, to see john erste’s new mural over the bar (and for the best drink special in town – 2 for 1 on ANY DRINK) .. check it out the next time you go there

Posted 3202 days ago in Visual

rhea pappas opening @ perpich

although i’m not familiar with this series in particular, i was lucky enough to run into rhea on the way to get her new book printed.. the book focuses on the “sisters” series and will be living in my home soon..

her images are simple and beautiful – and each of these seemingly “normal” environments/moments that she captures somehow seem to shift and take on an increasingly haunting quality, the closer i look… like i have stumbled in on some intensely personal moment or exchange that i had no right to witness. subtly eerie expressions… great work. the fact that rhea pappas is still a student makes it that much more impressive

If you can’t make this one, there is an opening for her sisters series in mid-december – more on that here soon

what: art opening (black and white photography, winter beauties series)
where: perpich center for arts education, 6125 Olson Memorial Highway
when: thursday dec 4, 2008 6:30-9 PM
website: www.RheaPappas.com

Posted 3220 days ago in Visual

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