Hammond Art Now Open at Northrop King

The gallery’s collage-like works by local artists Drew Hammond and Beverly Tipton-Hammond are rich in color, detail, and expression

The Northrup King Building, which is home to more than 350 artists (and their studios), as well as a number of small businesses, added a new gallery this summer: Hammond Art. Local artists Drew Hammond and Beverly Tipton-Hammond (who is also an ordained elder, dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur) founded the gallery, which features their personal work.

Tipton-Hammond works with ink, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas to create evocative pieces that conjure mythical narratives that bring past and present into a vibrant future. Hammond’s collages and ink and marker pieces on canvas reflect his deep appreciation for artistic predecessors Romare Bearden, George Grosz, Mel Smith, and “Dame” Judy Bowman.

Such luminaries as Toni Morrison, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Rollins, Josephine Baker, and Frida Kahlo are also the subjects of Hammond’s collage-like works, which are rich in color, detail, and expression. The gallery regularly hosts dance classes, spoken word events, and other artistic instigations to bring people together. Now enlivening the walls of collectors throughout Minnesota, works by the Hammonds can be enjoyed (and purchased) during Northrop King’s First Thursdays event every month.

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