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).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the art of healing . the paintings of mary welke

Artist Reception
Friday, September 16th  |  5-7PM

Unity Hospital
480 Osborne Rd., Ste. 200
Fridley, MN 55432

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing's Art of Healing Program provides arts-based wellness intervention and education, and supports a healing environment. The Penny George Institute works in close collaboration with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Unity Hospital and has expertise in serving cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

The current featured artist is Thorp tenant Mary Welke. She paints landscapes and things in nature with a focus on contemplation, meditation and mindfulness of the ever changing natural environment. Welke's work is progressive as she goes from the studio to nature and back again. She explores aspects of light, shimmer, and subtle changes in nature through the use of iridescent and regular paint, repetition of brush stroke and layering. She digs back into layers with mists of water which allows the paint to run. The paintings change color and shimmer depending on the light and where the viewer stands.

Welke received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and a master's in fine arts from Pratt Institute in New York City.

On display September 1st - October 31st

for more information, please call 763-236-5601

Monday, March 21, 2011

Check out what you can make with 750,000 LEGOs . BRICKMANIA on KARE 11 News

Thorp & CBC tenant, Brickmania, talks about their one of kind creations.

"It is an artistic medium," Settergren explained. "This is our medium, the LEGO brick."

Brickmania is holds a free open house the 2nd Saturday of every month. Also, be sure to check them out during Art-A-Whirl this year May 20-22!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Reelworks Animation Studio

Welcome Reelworks Animation Studio to the Historic Thorp & CBC! We are excited to have you.


Reelworks Animation Studio is a first class animation studio with 25 + years expertise in creating memorable content for broadcast television and the web. Employing a wide range of gifted animators and designers/illustrators we offer professional and creative solutions to all of your needs.

Minnesota Climbing Co-Op

The Minnesota Climbing Co-Op has made the Historic Thorp & CBC their playground!
Construction has begun!


Friday, February 11, 2011


Designer Sample Sale...One day Only! Saturday, February 19  .  1-5PM

Carrier Pigeon Jewelry, Needle & Black (Formerly Red Shoe Clothing) and Raul Osorio will be selling samples, overstock and one-of-a-kind pieces up to 50% off.

Preview and purchase exclusive Needle & Black leather holsters/accessories and clothing, select items from Carrier Pigeon's Spring 2011 Collection and Raul Osorio's entire Pale Rider and SCENEaSOTA collections.

Over 100 items on sale. Contact designers separately for specific inventory.


Carrier Pigeon and Needle & Black Studio

Thorp Building: 1618 Central AVE NE Suite #223
Minneapolis, MN

find the event on facebook!

Monday, January 17, 2011

TIME ON PAPER : January 10 - February 25

Historic Thorp + CBC tenant artist, L. Scott Helmes, will be exhibiting his extraordinary work at the Gage Family Gallery.

Time On Paper is a collection of work created by ten contemporary Minnesota book artists. To learn more about the exhibit, please visit the website.

January 10 – February 25, 2011

Gage Family Art Gallery, Augsburg College

Artist Reception: Friday, January 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artists Discussion: Thursday, January 27, Noon
Adeline Johnson Conference Room, Oren Gateway Center