Events and Shows

oil painting of the may queen in color sauntering down a gray drab city street by christine mitzuk
May Queen, 12"x16" oil painting

Come check out my art at the 25th Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.

I'll have originals, prints, and cards for sale. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

Over 130 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

When:
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Where:
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in the Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!
(Street parking is limited and the No Parking signs are not very visible so parking in the ramp is strongly recommended).

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.
For more information: www.WomensArtFestival.com

25th Annual Women's Art Festival

Attend Our Atelier Instructor Art Show
and Fundraising Sale 2017

Friday, May 19, 2:00-9:00pm
Saturday, May 20, 12:00-8:00pm
Sunday, May 21, 12:00-5:00pm
(This is also the weekend of the 2017 Full Time Student Show).

Enjoy and purchase prints, drawings, watercolors, oils, and sculptures of figurative, still life, landscape, and imaginative artwork created by Artists and Instructors of The Atelier. A portion of the sales will be donated to The Atelier.

The Atelier is also having a raffle for a masterfully executed still life painting created by Dale Redpath, co-director of The Atelier. Cost of one ticket is $10, or 3 tickets for $25, and may be purchased until the time of the drawing. Find out more here http://theatelier.org/show/index.html

I plan to be there all three days and will have a lot of my imaginative art on display and for sale, both prints and originals. My metalpoint drawings on shells will be available, as well as many other works.

metalpoint drawing of a seamare unicorn on the inside of a seashell framed
Metalpoint on prepared shell, framed. Shell is approximately 1"x1", frame is 6"x6".
digital painting of blue and purple water elemental with female head and torso and fish serpent tail playing a shell lyre with orange and red flames coming out of it by christine mitzuk
Water Elemental

For more information about the show visit http://theatelier.org/show/index.html

The Atelier is located at
1681 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-362-8421

unicorn show 2017 banner

Only two weeks away! The third Unicorn Art Show will magically appear in Northeast Minneapolis. I will have three pieces in the show this year. My art will be there but I have another commitment so won't make it to the show. I'm bummed about this because I've been able to get sneak peeks at what some of the other artists have created and WOW I wish I could see the work in person.

metalpoint drawing in a shellHere's a peek at one of the pieces I've made. It's a tiny silverpoint drawing done in a shell. For this one I brushed onto the shell a little Silverpoint Drawing Ground. Each piece is framed with frames that have a hint of weathered beach cottage about them.

Side note: I purchased the frames from Hang It (I don't get anything from Hang It for mentioning them here, I just think they have great customer service so want to share).

Opening night is Saturday, April 8
7:00 - 11:00 PM CDT
at Artspace Jackson Flats
901 18 1/2 Ave NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

For more information, visit the show's Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1262857730462445/

Follow on Instagram! If you missed the show last year, you can see some of the work on Instagram as well as some sneak peeks of some new work https://www.instagram.com/unicornartmpls/

 

12"x16" prints of the four elementals matted and framed and hanging on a wall at lodestone coffee and gamesGaming + Coffee + Art!

Starting this week some of my art will be on display at Lodestone Coffee and Games in Minnetonka, MN. Currently NEW large versions of the four elementals are available for viewing and purchase.

For this new limited edition print run of the elementals, I've made them about 12"x16". There will be 5 artist proofs, and 10 prints in the run for a total of 15 prints at this size. Each is printed on archival paper with archival inks. For the show the pieces are matted and framed to fit 16"x20" frames (outer dimensions are slightly larger). These pieces at this 12"x16" size will only be available at select shows, not online. Fear not, the 8"x10" limited edition prints are currently still available.

Lodestone Coffee and Games is a fun shop with a variety of games to purchase or try out. Plus they host gaming events. Check them out here http://www.lodestonecoffeeandgames.com/.

mitzuk-chilkoot-facebook-headerStarting November 4th, for the month of November a selection of my art will be shown at Chilkoot Café and Cyclery.

Artist Reception:
Friday November 4, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Hosted by Chilkoot Café & Cyclery
826 4th Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082

Join me for art and refreshments on Friday, November 4, 2016 in a cozy, relaxed setting. This show will feature a selection of my imaginative work and will include traditional paintings as well as limited edition prints of my digital paintings. There will be complimentary light finger food during the reception, and Chilkoot has a delicious dinner menu selection for sale in their cafe. Chilkoot is a cozy neighborhood cafe and cycle shop located in Stillwater, MN. I hope to see you there!

Another fabulous afternoon at Paws on Grand! Thanks to Virginia at Wet Paint for inviting me to participate again. I had a lot of fun and I hope to do it again next year.

To get through the line of pets and owners we had to keep our sketch time with each sitter to 8-10 minutes max. Some dogs were okay with a stranger looking at them so I was able to sketch them from life, but many were not or were too excited/stressed or way more interested in the other dogs than in sitting still (totally understandable). For those dog sketches I used my phone's camera to capture a pose and then drew from that while checking for color and uniqueness when I could entice the actual dog to look my way. Yay for technology! I must say there were so many very well behaved pets.

Here are a few of my favorites (I used a combination of the Conté white pencil, with Derwent Drawing Pencils, and sometimes played with my Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils). Wet Paint supplied some lovely 8"x10" sheets of Strathmore paper in various colors. With the triple dog sketch I used a little extra time and they were at the end of the day. Man I had fun!

Paws on Grand 2016

Paws on Grand 2016 Basset

I think I fell in love with the little gray Chihuahua. She had the most beautiful soft gray fur, with a little bit of rusty color in her ears and eyebrows. Her eyes were the color of a rainy spring sky.
I think I fell in love with the little gray Chihuahua. She had the most beautiful soft gray fur, with a little bit of rusty color in her ears and eyebrows. Her eyes were the color of a rainy spring sky.

 

 

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Saturday August 6, NOON - 3pm, some artists (myself included) will be donating their time to create quick pet portrait sketches in front of Wet Paint Artist's Materials and Framing. With a donation to the store's chosen group, People & Pets Together, you can receive a free pet portrait. There are no reservations and the portrait is done on the spot so it's first come, first served.

Mostly people bring dogs, but Roz Stendahl drew a sun conure one year. Check out her blog here http://rozwoundup.typepad.com/roz_wound_up/2013/08/getting-by-with-the-help-of-your-friendspaws-on-grand.html

It looks like Wet Paint will also have pet themed Origami classes, and other fun stuff. Read more here. The listing is alphabetical so Wet Paint is near the bottom of the page. http://www.grandave.com/events/paws-grand

dog portrait sketches in colored pencil and brown ink by christine mitzuk
The 2 at the top are colored pencil and pigment-based brown ink on hot press watercolor paper. The one at the bottom is just colored pencil. The pen on the right is my ink filled Niji Waterbrush.

I participated a few years back and it went pretty well. This time I'm practicing with some of the neighborhood pets beforehand instead of just my critters, as well as with some photos I took of rabbits at the State Fair. I'm experimenting with ways to get an impression, the big look, a striking characteristic, and something that looks purposefully styled. So far I've played with spotting the large value shapes or color shapes, a metallic "archival" marker, and some woodless colored pencils. I also filled my Niji Waterbrush with pigment-based brown ink. It's supposed to be more lightfast than the dye-based version. I'm hoping that if I keep ink in it so the chamber and bristles stay moist that it won't get clogged. Only time will tell.

rabbit sketches on brown toned paper with colored pencil and metallic gold marker by christine mitzuk
Colored pencil on toned paper with a little "archival" metallic marker.

I've learned I like the spotting method, and that I need to simplify (go for the essentials and the "big look" instead of getting caught up in making it look "right"). One neighbor also gave me some great advice, to go with my first reaction of what I like about the critter. Plus she gave me some tips on how to either engage a dog or distract it to get either a front or side view. I think these things will really help since I'll only have 5-8 minutes per portrait.

It was FUN and intense the last time I participated so I'm looking forward to it.

Sheets of business cards that can be popped out of the thick paper with clean edges.
Sheets of business cards that can be popped out of the thick paper with clean edges.

This saved me some time so I thought I'd share.

I needed display labels for my art for a show. Instead of printing them out on card stock and cutting them out by hand, or mounting the labels on foam board, a friend suggested I try something different. I gave it a try.

This time around I printed the labels out on sheets of business card stock that are available in packs at the local office supply store. The sheets are NOT perforated so the card edges are clean when broken apart. The pack costs a bit more than a few sheets of card stock but, like I said, it saved some time, enough time to make it worth it to me. Heck, what can I say, I like getting to bed at a reasonable time before a show. Plus I think it looked very clean and professional.

I put the text in a template and printed it out on regular paper first to check the text size, design, and proofread the text. After making some adjustments I printed the text out on the lovely business card sheets, and that was that.

Unicorn Art Show 2, Opening April 7, 2016

digital painting of a unicorn at the top of a hill on a winding path through the woods
"Glimpse of the Unicorn", digital painting, 12"x16"

I'm pleased to announce that I will be participating in the second annual Unicorn Art Show. https://nemaa.org/events/unicorn-art-show-2

My piece, "Glimpse of the Unicorn" is inspired by a special place in northern Minnesota. It is a digital painting and I will be offering limited edition prints in two sizes.

The large image size is a 12"x16" Giclée and is printed on 13"x19" fine art archival paper using archival inks. The run will consist of 10 Artist Proofs and then 25 limited edition prints for a total of 35 prints. There will be a matted and framed large print on display and for sale in the show.

The smaller version will be 5"x7" and printed on heavyweight, bright white, matte paper, using Epson DuraBrite Ultra inks. This smaller size will have 5 Artist Proofs and then 45 limited edition prints for a total of 50 prints.

Date and Time of Show:
Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Edit: Casket Arts First Thursdays are actually 5 to 9pm but the opening lasts till 10 pm.
After 9pm the doors will be closed and no more shall be admitted.
Being First Thursday there will be a lot of awesome things happening in the building, including music!

Location:
Leg Up Studios - Casket Arts
681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

logo for the robo show by light grey art labLast Friday I went to the opening night of The Robo Show at Light Grey Art Lab. I just can't stop thinking about it, I think it's one of the best shows they've put on. The range of types of robots portrayed is broad and each piece is a delight to look at.

There are personal robots, futuristic robots, war bots, silly and serious robots, organic bots, metal bots. They packed a ton of creativity into the space!

If you can take a look in person, please do. If not, they have also posted the images on their site https://lightgreyartlab.squarespace.com/the-robo-show and prints are available through their online shop.

I also really like how they display the art. None of it is framed. It's all printed on high quality Epson paper and gently attached to the wall with what look like tiny little magnets.