Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art-A-Whirl 2012 at the Thorp

One of many amazing events to check out at the Thorp during Art-A-Whirl this year!
custome bikes and artwork  ::  1620 - Suite 150
hosted by Excel Plastics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

2nd Annual Studio Sample Sale! Carrier Pigeon . Needle & Black . Shawn McNulty

2nd Annual Studio Sample Sale!

from Carrier Pigeon:
2011 was a spectacular year for Carrier Pigeon. It would never have been possible to expand my business, move into a new studio and continue to do what I love without the support of my friends, family and fans. Thanks to all of YOU who continue to support and inspire. One way for me to show my appreciation is to open up my studio and to slash prices on all of my jewelry! It only happens once a year...and this year there are 3 studios opening their doors for the sale.
Studio Sale

Saturday, February 11th

Thorp Building
1618 Central Ave. NE
Suite 215

Come check out the new Carrier Pigeon Headquarters and shop samples, discontinued jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces and vintage/salvaged jewelry. This makes for a lot of jewelry for under $40. All full price jewelry from current and previous collections will be 20% off! Yes, that includes matchstick & talon necklaces;) Right in time for Valentine's Day, I will also have a limited number of heart pendants for sale that you can have custom stamped in the studio for FREE!

Our good friend and old studio mate, Needle & Black will also be having a sale on leather accessories and women’s clothing. Favorite items such as wristlets, patent leather belts, leather harness/holsters and one of-a-kind pieces will be discounted up to 25% off. Exclusive Valentines Day accessories will also be available for the first time. Back stock fabrics, dress forms and other studio odds and ends will also be for sale. Her studio is just right down the hall from ours at #223. Our 2011 sample sale buddy, Raul Osorio will also be in the house (studio 223) selling his beautiful, women's garments and samples at a discount.

Contemporary painter Shawn McNulty will have his studio #217 open showcasing some of the new work for his upcoming show at Rosalux Gallery in April. He will also have 20x20” signed open edition giclee prints on paper for the low price of $60 (unframed) and $120 (framed), as well as various older prints that are not listed on his website. For more info, check out

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thorp & CBC Tenant Elizabeth Simonson - Instar Installation at the Walker

Elizabeth Simonson in her studio space at the Historic Thorp Building & CBC.

Read the full article on her Instar installation here!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Opening Reception:
Saturday December 10, 2011 6-9PM

Show Runs:
December 10 - January 7

Soo Visual Arts Center is proud to present Everybody Wins, a Shackway Corporation retrospective and product pavilion by artist David Sollie. Through an innovative and at times interactive installation, Sollie’s exhibition will explore dynamics of power and human nature—both the best and worst of our motivations—through the lens of Shackway Corporation’s history.

As described by Sollie, Shackway’s morally hazy corporate history is a reflection of the highs and lows of the American dream. Founded in 1948 by Bruce Milburn (Sollie's paternal grandfather), it rose from humble beginnings to become a “worldwide marketing octopus,” selling a wide variety of products ranging from the shockingly dangerous to the heroically ingenious. In David’s own words:

This all began as a way of asking questions about my grandfather, but investigating the Shackway corporation's history has become a way of posing questions about the larger family of mankind. Heading a large company like Shackway is just like having piles of money, or political power: not inherently good or bad, but having tremendous resources can magnify the things that are good or bad in human nature. We are part of nature, and like nature, we can be both predatory and noble.

The show uses the Shackway Company’s historical archives, peculiar products and advertising, to reflect how humanities’ best intentions sometimes collide with our most base impulses. In the spirit of Sollie advocating for the collective win, visitors will receive an original "Grandma Shackway’s Finest" soup label in exchange for bringing in non-perishable food donations. After the close of the exhibition the food will be donated to Lighthouse CSP, the drop in center and kitchen for Resource-Spectrum Community Mental Health (a full service center that helps individuals with serious mental illness live successfully in the community).