Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yogasana Yoga Mats

Another fabulous Historic Thorp & CBC tenant is taking on an exciting new venture...

"Yogasana is the brand-name of a series of products that are helpful in the practice of yoga and (we hope) contribute towards one's well being.
We have been making cotton rugs in India for the past 15 years. We used our expertise in cotton to make a rug that's dedicated to the practice of yoga. Our hand-loomed rugs are extremely strong. We warranty them for 15 years but you can expect them to last a lifetime.

The rugs are hand-make on manual looms in an area of India that was the birthplace of yoga. The idea of a cotton mat for yoga is not new... but dates back to the origin of the practice.

We hope that our Yogasana rug will support your yoga practice and we would enjoy your sharing the results with us."


Friday, June 11, 2010

Thorp & CBC Tenant Artist Elizabeth Simonson at the Weisman Art Museum June 19

The ten artists in WAM's upcoming exhibition Ordinarily Here are busy installing work in advance of the show's opening on June 19.

This week, artist Elizabeth Simonson installed two of the three pieces she's contributed to the show. One of them, Synura, is made with the very common material of cellophane tape layered on itself and attached to the gallery wall. Simonson created this work specifically for this show at the Weisman.

For this work, the tape, taken out of its usual utilitarian context, is transformed both in color and form. Synura, referenced in the work's title, is a golden colored algae that forms swimming colonies from a variable number of cells joined together at their posterior ends in a spherical or elongated cluster.

Be among the first to see all the work in Ordinarily Here at a free preview party on Friday, June 18. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and features complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Local DJ Lori Barbero provides the music.

Elizabth Simonson received her BFA from Hunter College in 1996 and her MFA from Hunter College in 1999. Elizabeth Simonson's work is based on investigations of mathematical systems that replicate the patterns of ebbing and flowing tides. In 2002 she began to make hybrid drawings of rhythmically inflected, parallel strips of masking tape; her made-on-site drawings now include wall-mounted compositions of thin wire, as well as patterns of cuts made in large, rectilinear sheets of black foam. In each case, she begins a task, anticipates its direction, and follows its lead as the composition unfolds and defines itself. She has exhibited internationally at Livingroom-D-lyx, Malmö, Sweden, Plane Space, New York, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and The Soap Factory, Minnneapolis, MN. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Goldman Sachs and Hunter College in New York City. Her work has been reviewed in publications that include The New York Times, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail and the Village Voice. Elizabeth Simonson currently houses her art studio in the Historic Thorp Building & CBC in the NE Minneapolis Arts District in Minnesota.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Art-A-Whirl Promoter

An event like Art-A-Whirl brings communities together - and it is hard to beat the NE Minneapolis peeps. We would like to feature an amazing woman, Elizabeth Siegrist, owner of Occasions by Elizabeth, who was eager to donate her services and participate in Art-A-Whirl 2010 at the Thorp & CBC. Thank you Elizabeth for all your time and contributions in helping us prepare for what will be an amazing event!

Monday, May 10, 2010


Red Shoe Clothing, Co. Presents:
The Death of Red Shoe

Friday, May 14th, 2010
8 p.m. / Free

(to be held during the Opening Night party, 5pm-10pm…….see more info below)

Historic Thorp Building & CBC
1618-1620 Central Ave NE
Northeast Minneapolis

Local fashion designer, Kerry Riley, will present a fashion show/retrospective entitled “The Death of Red Shoe” at the opening night Art-a-Whirl party at the Thorp building
>> Under the Vic Chimney

An Art-A-Whirl newcomer, Riley recently moved her studio from her apartment to the Thorp building, the birthplace of Art-a-Whirl, late last year.

The fashion show will feature a combination of past, present and mostly future Red Shoe looks. A dress and leather holster from the first Voltage Fashion show will be one of the examples of past looks. The first part of the show will be dark, but colorful, and evolve into a much lighter, optimistic, blank canvas ideal.

A few months ago, Riley began the process of trade marking her long-time business name and logo. Shortly thereafter, she received the bad news: someone else had “Red Shoe” trademarked since the year she was born.
“I wouldn’t have even had a chance!” laughs Riley. “It was my only solace moving forward at that point.”

“It’s been very challenging to come up with a new name. I’ve been passing around a list of possible names to people to get their opinions, but I’m still undecided. I may unveil the new name at the show. If not, I, like Prince, will have to be just a symbol for awhile,” Riley laughs; referring to the button & needles logo she’s currently in the process of trade marking.

“Although it is a ‘death,’ this show will be uplifting and show my optimism for the future,” Riley says.

Red Shoe Clothing, Co. is the playground for Minneapolis design maven, Kerry Riley. While studying in London at the American Intercontinental University, Riley worked under legendary British designer Zandra Rhodes. After completing her BA in Apparel Design in 2001, Riley honed her skills as an assistant designer and patternmaker at one of the leading dancewear companies in the country, Satin Stitches.

Since then Red Shoe was born, earning a reputable following by creating classic, tailored, professionally constructed clothing and leather accessories for both men and women. The label’s designs have been displayed in countless fashion events such as Diva MN and the Midwest’s premier fashion show, Voltage: Fashion Amplified every year since its inception in 2004. Riley has also designed costumes for a number of Zorongo Flamenco productions, the Sandbox Theater, and currently teaches a weekly Fashion Class at Old Arizona.

jewelry for the show provided by Carrier Pigeon…………

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Julie Johnson Music + Art Show >> Art-A-Whirl 2010 at the Thorp & CBC

May 14th  |  7pm-8pm
Historic Thorp Building & CBC
1620 Central Avenue NE  |  Minneapolis, MN  |  Suite 128

As part of this spring’s Art-A-Whirl, the gallery and studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis, Julie Johnson will be doing a joint show with Minneapolis painter T.J. Malaske, in her beautiful new studio in the Thorp Building & CBC on Central Avenue. The show highlights their shared interest in using historical sources for their work.

She'll be playing with two of  her groups, Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts (Doug Otto and Drew Druckrey), and The JuBo Duo (Bonnie Hering). The program will be comprised of all of her own pieces and arrangements, including new solo pieces; old North Woods shanty boy songs; “Araber Tantz,” an Arabic dance; the Sephardic tune "Adio Querida"; and a version of Leadbelly’s “In the Pines” inspired by music from Carmen. T.J.’s selection of paintings and drawings based on historical and literary figures will include his provocative image of the young Alexei Nikolaevich, haemophiliac and doomed Tsarevich of Russia.

T.J. is a writer as well as an artist, and a true man about town— a researcher of historically famous Minnesota families, he has also worked in the local fashion industry. He brings the historical figures he depicts to vivid, often startlingly sensual life.

Admission is free and open to the public. Image is of T.J. Malaske's "Alexei" (pencil on paper, 10" X 7").

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Art-A-Whirl 2010 at the Historic Thorp & CBC >> Under the Vic Chimney

Thank you to all the sponsors and contributors who are working hard to prepare for
Art-A-Whirl 2010 at the Historic Thorp Building & CBC
The opening reception event: Under the Vic Chimney will be the place to be on Friday night during Art-A-Whirl. Don't miss the cash bar and refreshments from Red Stag and NEMAA, fashion show: The Death of Red Shoe, and all the eye candy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Art-A-Whirl 2010 in the Thorp & CBC

Look for Historic Thorp & CBC tenant, Shawn McNulty, in the May issue of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Visit Shawn, and other Thorp & CBC artists, during Art-A-Whirl for a special meet and greet in the big space at the opening reception Under the Vic Chimney. Shawn will also be holding his studio open all weekend during Art-A-Whirl.

Under the Vic Chimney
Friday May 14th | 5pm-10pm
in the big space

- Meet & Greet with Thorp & CBC Artists and Creators
- Cash Bar and Refreshments courtesy of Red Stag Supper Club
- Fashion Photo Shoot presented by Costume the Cities and Vicknair Photography

8pm >> The Death of Red Shoe
Fashion Show by Kerry Riley with Red Shoe Clothing Co.

Over 35+ Historic Thorp & CBC studios will be open during Art-A-Whirl.
Visit the Historic Thorp & CBC Art-A-Whirl 2010 Open Studio Directory to learn more!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Minnesota artist, Jordan Kocak, will be displaying his artwork at the the Historic Thorp Building & CBC during Art-A-Whirl 2010 in the big space Under the Vic Chimney. Visit him along with over 35 Thorp & CBC artists and over 26 Bethel University artists during Art-a-Whirl this year!

please stay tuned for more information on Art-a-Whirl 2010 at the Thorp & CBC!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rascals’ Art – Children’s Summer Art Workshop

We invite you to visit the Children’s Room of the Pierre Bottineau Library for the viewing of three, collaborative, five foot, delightful, acrylic paintings created by student artists during the 2009 summer workshop with NE artist, Mary Welke.

Paintings on exhibit from April until the end of June in the Library located on 55 Broadway & Marshall Street NE, inside the old Grain Belt Brewery building. Phone 612.630.6890 for Library hours.
The three, five foot paintings on exhibit were created during the 2009 Children’s Summer Workshop with NE artist, Mary Welke.

• Jungle Painting, by Erica, age 9, Francesca, age 8 and Ava, age 6
• Seaworld, by Erica, Francesca and Ava
• Life on Mars, by Erica, Francesca and Ava

The idea originated with our discussion that art has many purposes. Mary Welke's objective was to give the girls an opportunity to make a very large painting they could work on as a team project. It was also important that the final results could serve the community in some way.

They discussed creating a painting that would make people happy. The initial focus was to exhibit at a children’s hospital to help cheer up the children. The painting could be adaptable to a variety of community locations, such as the Children’s Room at the Library.

Mary and her Rascals hope the three final paintings are successful in their objective and make you happy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Art, Fashion, Music and More...

via freight sessions "15 minutes of Fashion" in 2008   

The Thorp & CBC is a unique complex of building spaces, studios and hallways facing Central Ave. and extending to the train tracks near Monroe Street. Visiting during Art-A-Whirl, the Thorp & CBC will leave visitors in awe and bewilderment; from the roaming hallways to the eclectic blend of artists, artisans, craftsmen, fashionistas, musicians and our creative commercial community. Every year for Art-A-Whirl these forces combine to give our visitors a very unique Art-A-Whirl experience.

Don't miss Art-A-Whirl 2010 at the Thorp & CBC
May 14-15

Stay tuned for more news on what is happening Under the Vic Chimney this year!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Accumulated Objects Gallery | Thorp & CBC

Oil Paintings by Sherri Dahl.

Sherri Dahl will be showing paintings from her on-going "accumulated objects" series (2004-present). Depictions of heaping mounds of domesticated objects represent mass-production and the aftermath of it, mimicking the chaos we face in our time.

Opening Reception

Saturday, April 24th 6-11 pm

Accumulated Objects Gallery
1618 Central Ave Ne. (Lower Level)
Minneapolis, MN 55413
-located in the Thorp Building, under diamonds coffee shoppe.
Contact Sherri--612-670-5969
accumulated objects online @


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bethel Senior Thesis Exhibition  |  Art-a-Whirl 2010

24" x 30"
Caylon Hackwith

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bethel University Senior Thesis Exhibition | Art a Whirl 2010

Haley Barrett
Tempera on Canvas
3' x 6'

Midway Benefit Art Auction | CHABLIS

Midway Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit gallery committed to encouraging innovation and diversity in the visual arts. A public platform, Midway supports emerging and underrepresented artists, contributes toward significant new developments in the field, and stimulates the ongoing public discourse of art and culture.

As a proud promoter of the NE Minneapolis Arts District, local artists + non-profits, Bohm Commercial Real Estate is donating the use of one of the dramatic warehouse spaces in the Historic Thorp Building & CBC for the event.

To learn more, please visit Midway Contemporary Art | CHABLIS

Friday, March 19, 2010

I Love a Parade

A beloved Thorp & CBC tenant, I Love a Parade, was recently interviewed on kare11. I Love a Parade is a non-profit organization employing women who are chronically homeless to create high-quality art from recycled costume materials donated by local theaters and parades.

This is an amazing organization in the NE Minneapolis Arts District that truly makes a difference.

Located next to Diamond's Coffee Shoppe and open for Art a Whirl 2010. Stop by to experience the power of Art!

See them also on Showcase Minnesota Showcase Minnesota Interview

learn more about I Love a Parade and what you can do to help at

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Historic Thorp Building & CBC
will be THE PLACE to be for Art a Whirl 2010.

In addition to our already fabulous repertoire of talented artists + creators who will have their studios open for the weekend, we will be hosting a large group show in one of our dramatic warehouse spaces. Bethel University art students will be selling and showcasing their work.

we will have LIVE MUSIC in the Freight Elevator
other attractions include a FASHION SHOW | PROJECTION ART |

stay tuned. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Art a Whirl 2010 at the Thorp & CBC

Thanks to our partnerships with The Lab  |  Banner Creations  |  Organic Climbing  |  Forecast Public Art  |  Minneapolis Art on Wheels  |  Northern Lights  |  Civic Design the Historic Thorp Building & CBC is looking forward to an amazing Art a Whirl 2010 event!

stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Please join us for the opening of Foot in the Door 4 Premiere museum-wide

Thursday  |  Febraury 18, 2010  |  6-9 p.m. 

Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program & Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

With over 4,800 submissions in four days, MAEP staff and volunteers worked hard to keep the line moving.

Sneak Peak
Celebrate opening night of "Foot in the Door 4", the wildly popular exhibition held every 10 years. Rub elbows with hundreds of Minnesota artists and view thousands of submissions in this stupendous art stampede. Sport your most fab footwear for "Best Shoes in the Door" Flickr gallery.

Sock it to Saint Stephen's sock drive, ideal for warming the hearts and tootsies of kids and adults alike: new socks accepted at the entry.

Live music by Lucy Michell and the Velvet Lapells.

Free; refreshments for sale.

Thank you for supporting the arts!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Art a Whirl 2010 at the THORP & CBC

the Thorp & CBC is already gearing up for this year's
Art a Whirl | May 14th - May 16th, 2010
Art-A-Whirl, presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, is the largest open studio and gallery tour in the United States. It is a highly anticipated annual event that welcomes local and regional visitors to the Arts District in Northeast Minneapolis to see the art being made in this area and to meet the artists. As visitors come to see the art over the three-day weekend they also experience the unique and welcoming community of Northeast Minneapolis.

More than 500 artists participate in AAW, including potters, tile makers, painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, glass blowers, printmakers, and textile designers. They showcase their art in warehouses, galleries, homes, storefronts and cafes.