New Year’s Resolution: Up-Cycle Old, Unwanted Art


Kolman & Pryor Gallery is one of the Twin Cities most adventurous galleries, always innovating new ways to bring art collectors—and the simply curious—in to view the latest creative endeavors of its renowned roster of artists. K&P latest enticement goes out to all of you with unloved, abused, faded, old canvases stored in closets, garages and backrooms. Get rid of them during the gallery’s “Art Up-Cycle” event.

On Saturday, January 2, from noon to 4 p.m., the gallery (located in the Northup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis) invites one and all to bring in those paintings on stretched canvas or wood panel—framed or unframed. They’ll give you a $1 each. “We’re not at all about judging the work people bring in,” says gallery co-owner Anita Sue Kolman, “but about encouraging artists and collectors to think about a new creative future for the works that no longer speak to them.”

The buy-back allows art hoarders to not only clean out the house or studio, but save these items from a future landfill. Moreover, sometime in 2016, K&P curator and artist Patrick K. Pryor (an abstract painter) and artist Jodi Reeb (who works largely in encaustic, i.e. beeswax) will select several of the paintings as the basis for new works. Old canvases they don’t use will be donated to Free Arts Minnesota.

After dropping off your unwanted paintings, take a look around. Currently on exhibition at K&P are virtuosic ceramics by Minneapolis artist Ernest Miller. With the holidays over, it’s time for a “happy holidays to me” treat, in the form of one of Miller’s vases, plates, bowls, teapots or abstracted objects. His whiskey cups are a must-have item this season, while useable objects based on the rural vernacular (the Yellow Silo Jar is at once eloquent and familiar) are showstoppers.

Buy-Back Date: Saturday, January 2 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395
1500 Jackson Street NE., Minneapolis, MN 55413

By Camille LeFevre
Photos courtesy of Kolman & Pryor Gallery


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