Opening Reception Sunday, August 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Stonebridge Lofts, 1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415
Milly’s at The Mill Yard!
Wine and nibbles during the opening reception will be provided by our new neighbor, Milly’s Wine Bar & Bistro. Stop by for a taste and meet co-owners Jill and Kay (Stonebridge residents), and Brandon.
Local Artists displaying at this show:
- Jim Conaway – painting
- Gia Gifford – painting
- Ric Rosow – photography
- Rita Schaefer-Seaton – painting
- Robinson Scott – hand blown glass’
The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts
The Mill City. Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence. The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.
Jim Conaway – Painter
Jim Conaway was a productive Minnesota artist while teaching painting and drawing at Hamline University. In 1970 Jim was chosen by the U.S. State Department to participate in the American Embassy program where American artists painted their local landscapes to hang in American Embassies around the world. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country including the Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. After Jim’s retirement from Hamline in1996, he became a full-time painter in his studio in the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art where he is a founding member.
Gia Gifford – Painter
Gia Gifford is a painter and metalsmith who works out of her studio in the Casket Arts Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Gia holds degrees in studio art and art history, as well as a master’s degree in art education and has taught in a variety of settings over the past fifteen years. Gia’s painterly process employs motion, repetition and rhythm as a form of contemplation. “My layering technique immerses the viewer in the complex shapes and sequences of the painting, producing an experience that is aesthetic, emotional, and therapeutic.”
Ric Rosow – Photographer
Ric Rosow is a Minneapolis based photographer who enjoys photographing landscapes, cityscapes, night-time skies, concerts and people. He loves taking photographs of the Minneapolis downtown skyline. His catalogue of photographs includes images from his travels not only in the U.S., but Mexico, Central and South America, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Antarctica Peninsula. His work has been displayed in local galleries and published in Backroads’ travel brochures, Hill Town Tours social media sites and more.
Robinson Scott – Hand blown glass
Robinson Scott has been blowing original glass art for 45 years. Having studied in Sweden he uses many Swedish color layering techniques, combined with his is own variations creating a 3-dimensional viewing experience. He is an award-winning glass blower with pieces available in numerous galleries and part of many corporate collections. “I pursue difference and personal perfection in form and design. I enjoy the challenge of change, ever striving to learn new designs, techniques, and approaches in glass. This is my driving force.”
Rita Schaefer-Seaton – Painter
Rita Schaefer-Seaton was born and raised in Germany. Her German education afforded her the pursuit of a corporate career in the U.S. Choosing to develop her visual and creative skills, in the late 1980’s she earned a degree in graphic design. To expand from design to fine art she continued to study painting and life drawing. “My work is influenced by my interests in psychology, the archetypical and science fiction.” Rita’s paintings and drawings have been accepted into juried exhibitions including the Minnesota State Fair.
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