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October 13, 2009

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this morning, while preparing an elementary art lesson plan, i was reading up on michelangelo.  introducing k-5 to the world’s greatest painter, sculptor, and artchitect is no small task… making it relatable is even more challenging. 

it was unintentional motivation to be reminded of this 16th century genius’ single greatest love; the human body.  he deemed it remarkable, beautiful and the only thing worth reproducing.  we’re so fortunate to see his idea manifest. 

vasari, one of michelangelo’s students, better known for his book Lives of the Artists, wrote of michelangelo’s architectural drawings, “he was able to render our habitations secure and commodious, healthy and cheerful, well proportioned, and enriched with the varied ornaments of art.”  i want to live there… don’t you?

art is a big source of inspiration over here in our small studio.  sometimes we forget how accessible it is; we are quite literally surrounded by galleries and museums.  jada schumacher, professor of art and design at Stout, and my pal since the second grade, invited me along to a lecture at mcad yesterday.  the topic was, “From Working Girls to Girls Night Out,” given by Elizabeth Armstrong, local curator of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It was a wonderful tour through current women photographers.  as we left the lecture, jada and i noted the overlap in curating an exhibit the way elizabeth does and the way in which filmakers, artists and even designers are most successful when a singular idea or concept is played through to create a complete show, movie, painting or space. 

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amazing to me that in 24 short hours, in the middle of the midwest, i’ve taken a walk through the 21st century to the 16th in order to be reminded of the importance of staying inspired and following one good idea.  michelangelo followed one good idea for 4 years and 7 months.  it nearly broke him, but where would we be without the sistine chapel?  i’m glad he took the time. 

For more information on the exhibit at the Women’s Art Institude follow this link: . 

To see how hauthaus follows a good idea, follow this link:

thanks for reading!   -holly

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We are always looking for places to go and see local art. The Northrup King Builidng in NorthEast is one of our favorites and this Thursday (July 2nd)you can go into artists studios from 5-9 to see and/or purchase their artwork.

The building is home to a very eclectic mix of artists; there are painters, sculptors, glass blowers, jewelry makers and everything in between!

This Thursday they are serving Rootbeer Floats so bring the kids, or if you’re on a date night, pick up a wooden nickel good for a free drink at the Red Stag Supper Club (509 1st Ave NE).

Here are some artists to look for:

Jack Dale: Studio 366jack dale city hustleCity Hustle

Maras Glass Group: Studio 337Maras-Group horizon groupHorizon glass

Karen Gustafson: Studio 374

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Enjoy your Thursday evening!

The Northrup King Building is located at 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis… for more information including artists directory, maps, and classes offered go to:

Menu, parking info, and hours for Red Stag Supper Club can be found at: