MAINSITE Contemporary Art will host an opening reception for “The Left Hand of Liminality,” an art collaboration from artists Denise Duong and Gabriel Friedman, on May 14 as a part of the the first in-person 2nd Friday Art Walk since the pandemic began. 

The exhibit will open in conjunction with the art walk and will be the first in-person opening event held by MAINSITE since February 2020, according to a tweet from the Norman Arts Council. Duong and Friedman’s exhibition will run through July 9 and features works inspired by the tumultuous feelings surrounding the pandemic, according to the Norman Arts Council website

In addition to the MAINSITE exhibit, the art walk will feature the grand opening of the Oscillator Press — a print shop that offers custom screen printing and design services, according to the Norman Transcript

Duong is a Vietnamese American artist from Oklahoma City who,

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Twenty-five years ago, Dave Lord turned the tassel on his graduation cap and walked off with a fine arts degree.

“I was wild when I was a student,” Lord said, recalling his days at Colorado Mesa University. “I was serious about having fun.”

It resulted in some conflict with one of his professors, local artist Charles Hardy, who tried to push Lord to take his art more seriously.

Hardy even required Lord to do six drawings left-handed after Lord broke his dominant right arm on a weekend trip to Moab. And then of all Lord’s drawings, Hardy liked those six the best, Lord said, shaking his head with a laugh at the memory.

Years later, though, it was Lord’s photography that was under Hardy’s scrutiny. Hardy is a member of The Art Center’s exhibition committee that selected Lord’s work for an exhibition that will open Wednesday, May 12, a date

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Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces Artists For The 2021 Season Of It's The People

Hennepin Theatre Trust, in partnership with UBS Wealth Management USA and Clear Channel Outdoor, today announces the six Minnesota artists whose photography will be featured in the 2021 season of It’s the People, a public art initiative that is inspired by the people whose experiences and stories create the unique vibrancy of Hennepin Avenue. Dahli Durley, Jaida Grey Eagle, Isabel Gloss, Kristine Heykants, Awa Mally and Andy Richter have been selected for their distinguished artistry in portrait photography as well as their leadership from various walks of life including BIPOC advancement, LGBTQIA awareness and homelessness advocacy.

It’s the People is an outdoor gallery of fine art portraits by renowned Minnesota artists capturing the heart and soul of the people who make Hennepin Avenue a unique and colorful place. Now in its third year, It’s the People joins existing murals and public art projects in the Hennepin Theatre District that will

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