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Tuesday, July 10 - Saturday, July 21, 2018


Some of you regular Homewood Studios patrons know David Ekdahl. He is that talented wood carver of masks and talismans and divinities who has been in three or four shows in our gallery. David recently introduced us to Steven Ekdahl, his brother, also a talented wood worker, through in a decidedly different vein than David.

They have decided to have a gallery show together. David allows he has "lots of new, weird carvings," which always piques our interest. Steven showed us a couple of examples of his work, intricately made tables and shelves.

About his work, Steven writes: I am a retired teacher and media specialist. I walked the woods for many years before starting to notice the shapes and patterns in the wood that was all around me. I have saved wood from a fire pit, discovered wood in the Arizona desert, and stumbled over roots on the ground. Now the wood finds me. I hear the call and follow it.

David has this to say about his point of inspiration: My initial inspiration for teaching myself to carve was to try making my own version of an Australian aboriginal totem. They would stick these in their campsite when they left to inform the next occupants what it was like to live there. That was my jumping off point - now, of course, the whole thing has gotten wildly out of hand. I draw on a mixture of global influences while still trying to inform the next occupant what it was like to live here. Maybe I'm a Midwestern aborigine, but since I live in the modern world, these carvings are my version of an ethno-tribal folk art for the urban village.

The show should be an interesting contrast of two distinct woodworking styles. Please plan to stop by and have a look.

Opening Reception One - Friday, July 13th from 6pm to 9pm

Opening Reception Two - Saturday, July 14th from 2pm to 5pm

Monday, July 23 - Monday, July 30, 2018

LEON SORKIN: Portraits of North Minneapolis Homes

Leon Sorkin, well known as an accomplished painter of portraits and landscapes, also worked on a series of homes in North Minneapolis from the 1930s and 1940s. Several of these 'house paintings' will be on display for local residents to investigate what their neighborhood, and perhaps even their own home, looked like seventy or eighty years ago.

Opening Reception - Tuesday, July 24th from 5pm to 8pm [please note the unusual day]

In addition to regular gallery hours: Tuesday 5pm to 9pm, Wednesday and Friday 1pm to 6pm, and Saturday 1pm to 4pm, we will be open on Sunday, July 29th from 1pm to 4pm.

Thursday, August 2 - Saturday, September 1, 2018

MICHAEL SOMMERS: Painting, Prints, & Sculpture

Yes, that Michael Sommers. Our Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye Figure Theater, also works in the visual arts - painting, print making and sculpture. Neal and Michael have selected work from Michael's long (and quiet) history as a visual artist and are ready to invite our community to view it.

Opening Reception - Friday, August 3rd from 6pm to 9pm

Gallery Talk - Tuesday, August 8th beginning at 7pm

Wednesday, September 5 - Saturday, September 29, 2018


The eight resident artists of Homewood Studios are pleased to present their 7th annual gallery show of recent work. Painting and drawing, photography, gourd art and perhaps some felt work, three-dimensional pieces, and letterpress printing all will be on view.

AS has been customary in past shows, our studios will be open during all public events.

Opening Reception - Friday, September 7th from 6pm to 9pm

Gallery Talk - Tuesday, September 18th beginning at 7pm

Closing Party - Saturday, September 29th from 2pm to 5pm

Monday, October 1 - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

JAN OWEN: Calligraphy and Book-making

Our friend Amanda Degener and Cave Paper present new work by visiting artist Jan Owen of Belfasst, Maine. While in Minnesota, Jan Owen will work with Amanda Degener and Bridget O'Malley at Cave Paper Editions in Traffic Zone on an artistic project that will become an edition.

About Jan Owen and her visit here, Amanda writes: She is renowned for her creative work and design sensibilities, and for her dedication to fostering an appreciation of the book as an art form. It is her belief “Hand lettering is the craft of gestural, abstract line becomes letters. The letters combine to make words and a visual conversation begins between writer and reader. I want to call attention to words through design and form in an object of beauty."

Details concerning opening reception, gallery talk, and concurrent events anon.

Wednesday, October 17 - Saturday, November 3, 2018

LORETTA BEBEAU: Coming Together

Longtime friend of Homewood Studios, Loretta Bebeau has her first show in our gallery. Coming Together is a body of new work Loretta has been working on for quite some time.

She writes about her work: For the past seven years I've been collecting languages from people that I meet, people living here in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I have included two Native languages because I know several Native people and they are the originals of this region. But importantly, I have found nine African languages. (My first job in the Twin Cities was at Hallie Q. Brown Center in 1970.) I started with 27 languages and the project grew as I showed the work. New languages appeared when new people saw the paintings. I have Turkish, Arabic, Yiddish, many European languages and many Asian languages. This project attempts to express the energy of several people working together. The common word is HEALTH. This becomes a cheer of positive wishes when spoken together. It has been a project of learning and growing.

News concerning opening reception and gallery talk anon.

Tuesday, November 6 - Saturday, December 1, 2018


Nancy Bundy is a photographer who has been a regular fan of Homewood Studios exhibits for quite some time. Now she is going to have her own show in our gallery.

The photography exhibition, Range of Color, focuses on the Iron Range in Minnesota. It includes architectural remnants and artifacts from former mines as well as their surrounding landscapes. This series of images explores the feeling of collision between past and present on the Range: a tension between the way it was during the mining era and the way it exists today. Surrounded with history, the colorful images portray the visual beauty left behind.

About her connection to the Iron Range, Nancy writes: I am intrigued with a “sense of place” – recently with the iron range where I lived and currently own a small cabin. The mixtures of colors found on the iron range draw me towards this landscape for the aesthetic and symbolic references.

Opening Reception – Thursday, November 8th from 6pm to 9pm

Gallery Talk – Tuesday, November 27 beginning at 7pm

Saturday, December 8 - Saturday, December 22, 2018

John Kantar, Sarah Hjelmberg and Elaine Waldorski (pottery)

Three terrific potters, connected by teaching ceramics, making their own pots, and their friendship with each other over a career-length span of time, will have the honor of presenting the final show of 2018.

Details anon...

Sunday, July 7 - Tuesday, July 16, 2019



A group of four local artists, lead by Sandy Parnell, have arranged for a show in July of 2019.