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Art Lending Library + American Craft Council = Great evening!

Shakespeare – speaking through Polonius – advised readers through the centuries that we should “neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Though that advice may fit financial institutions and garden tools, it has no relevance for borrowers and lenders at the Minneapolis Art Lending Library (artlending.org). Shared art actually expands the community of art lovers who have the chance to live or work with original art – if only for a time.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library has announced that their July lending event will be Friday, July 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m. The big news is that, thanks to a new partnership, the event will be held at the American Craft Council, 1224 Marshall Street NE, #200, in beautiful – and artsy — Northeast Minneapolis. (If you have not visited the ACC in their unique home at the former Grainbelt Brewery, the lending event is a double treat! (http://www.minneapolismn.gov/hpc/landmarks/hpc_landmarks_marshall_st_ne_1215_grain_belt_brewery)

Art lovers will have the opportunity to meet and talk with summer artist fellow Carolina Borja whose work will be on display. Carolina is known to many Minnesotans through her exhibits and coverage in a host of area journals. (http://www.carolinaborjastudio.com/press/)   Her original installation, “Better a bird in the hand than two in the bush” is a papier mache piñata that incorporates sound and audience participation.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to providing exposure for artists, building support for the arts, and sharing the joy of art with members of our community through the free lending of artwork.” The goal is “to create an attitude change in the Twin Cities in terms of art ownership.” The MALL (that’s the art MALL) includes nearly 100 contemporary paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, and sculptures by local and national artists. There is no charge to borrow the art for a period of time. Lending events such as the July 29 gathering at the ACC provide an opportunity for members of the public to browse a selection and to support this unique project.

If you’re planning to participate in the lending event, look forward to a full evening. The American Craft Council library is a jewel – everything you ever wanted to know about crafts, not to mention crafts you never heard of, and a staff that knows the collection and is willing – truly eager – to share their knowledge of the field and the robust resources of the American Craft Council. https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/tag/american-craft-council-library/

Contact info@artlending.org for more information about the lending event.


American Craft Council Library issues open invitation to Salon Series

Because words alone cannot convey the immense and varied resources of the American Craft Council Library (http://craftcouncil.org/library) this post is not so much about the incredible treasures as it is an irresistible “excuse” for readers to visit the Library and thus learn first-hand the riches of this unique resource.

The ACC Library maintains the nation’s most comprehensive collection of print and visual material on American Studio Craft. The collection includes books, catalogues, periodicals and files on individual artists as well as the archives of the American Craft Council, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and the American Craft Museum Archive and the World Craft Council archive. Much of the collection has been digitized and is available online. (http://digital.craftcouncil.org)

Still, you really want the experience of visiting this exquisitely beautiful Library.

Beginning in mid-October the ACC Library will host a series of Salons, not so much about the library collection per se but an opportunity for attendees to capture just a glimpse of the collections that grace the shelves, fill the file cabinets and infuse the essence of American crafts. It will take countless return visits to appreciate or tap the potential the collection.

This autumn’s Salon Series offers a robust mix of topics, all implicitly, at times remotely, related to the essence of the work of the American Craft Council:

October 14 – The Salon Series begins with a program on “Making Music with Hoffman Guitars”, led by Charlie Hoffman, co-founder and owner of Hoffman Guitars in Minneapolis. For over 40 years Hoffman has been hand-building steel string acoustic guitars, played and coveted by outstanding local and national musicians. Hoffman will share his experience with guitar-making, including the business as well as the craftsmanship experience he has gleaned over the decades.

November 11 – “Meet & Meat” is billed as an opportunity to “Talk Charcuterie with Mike Phillips of Red Table Meat Co.” Building on a life-long appreciation of good food and hard work gained from his experiences growing up in a rural community, Mike Phillips has long dreamed and worked toward opening Red Table Meat Co. in Northeast Minneapolis; there Phillips caters to individuals who “harbor a passion for crafted charcuterie.”

December 9 – Explore the Legacy of Jack Lenor Larsen, a prominent figure in the history of craft. The Salon presenter is Dr. Stephanie Zollinger who has organized the Jack Lenor Larsen Oral History project through the Goldstein Museum and College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Larsen is one of the most influential textile designers in the world. “His hand-made pieces incorporated innovative techniques based on traditional practices and methods learned through his many travels.” Larsen’s business, travel and craft history are archived at the U of M and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Salon Series – and the ACC Library — are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the conversation beginning at 7:00 p.m. The American Craft Council Library is in the former Grain Belt Brewery, 1224 Marshall, just North of Broadway, in Northeast Minneapolis. Street and lot parking are convenient and public transit is readily accessible during evening hours.

For more information about the Salon Series or about the Library contact the ACC Library at 612 206 3100 or library@craftcouncil.org.  For an extended Voices of Northeast interview with Library Director Jessica Shaykett, click here:

Voices of Northeast Minneapolis, 2014-16