WARM has three series of events: WARM Conversations, WARM Forums and Fresh Art.  Please scroll down to see each event type listed below.  If you would like to view all the events in order of date visit the WARM Calendar of Events.

WARM Conversations

Join us for monthly visits to area art shows,  arts organizations and studios. Generally we tour a show or facility and then discuss the art and socialize. These events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  For information about WARM Conversations, email

May 2nd , 9:00am to 1:00pm
Cabinet  of  Curiosities  Workshop
2323 Monroe St. NE

Join assemblage artist and 40  year teaching veteran at her unique NE Minneapolis arts district studio  2323 Monroe St. NE Barbara Rogers Bridges,

* Bring your old costume jewelry, beads, cord, rope, string etc. and create an elegant re-cycled wearable art necklace or ear rings.

* Bring those wire rim glasses, old war medals, lace hankies, or other historical artifacts.

*Bring those irresistible pieces of wood, shells, rope, seeds, pods or other items from nature that you brought home to remind you of that memorable day.

See  Select Artwork and then Sculptures for ideas.

Limit 8 students.  RSVP

$10 supply fee due on day of workshop.


WARM Forums

Quarterly discussions, panels and presentations that help artists with the business side of art or bring in thought provoking discussions that enhances your artistic career. Members are free, non members $10 each .  Members can bring a friend for $5.  Credit card preferred.

Spring Forum:

Covert and Overt Web Advertising for Artists
Monday, April 20th 6:30 to 8:30

Change of Location: Ivy Building in Seward, 2637 27th Ave S #210

A beginners guide to social media, blogging and Search Engine Optimizing (SEO). Kate Renee Johnson will speak about her experience with Facebook and other social media.  Kat Corrigan will share her blogging techniques and Kate Reeher will give a primer on SEO.  A great way to get an overview of these three useful promotions platforms.



“Digitizing for Dollars”
Here are links to the three Powerpoint Presentations that were shown at this event:
Susan Gainen:!104&authkey=!AISMzmKgCYsiX_k&ithint=file%2cpptx

Layl McDill:!105&authkey=!AFbWyJ2PNhW1Xpc&ithint=file%2cpptx

Becka Rahn:

Thursday, January 29th 2015 6:30 to 9:00

Wouldn’t it be great to make money off your art without actually selling it?  Well in this digital age it is possible in many ways.  Join us for a forum discussion about such online venues as Spoonflower, Zazzle and Etsy (tutorials and downloadables).   Speakers include: Becka Rhan, Susan Gainen and Layl McDill


Fresh ART

Meets every second Wednesday of the Month at a different member’s studio.  Get a studio tour and then share your latest creation- usually work in progress but it can be a finished piece.  All pieces will be viewed without critique unless the artist asks for specific input.  Free to members and non-members (to host you must be a member).  If you are interested in hosting contact to receive the sign up sheet and hosting requirements.  Here is a link to a sign up sheet so you can see which dates are open:  Here is a link to the requirements of the host:

May 13th 6:30 to 8:30

255 Kellogg Blvd E loft 501, Saint Paul, MN

In the studio of WARM President Tara Tieso.  Meters are free at this time or park in the Union Depot Lot B for $3 (right across the street).  Kellogg will be closed at the Wabasha Bridge so enter downtown from 7th Street.  To enter the Lowertown lofts go to the alley between 4th and Kellogg- watch for the arrow sandwich boards directing you there.  Tara has a cat so if you have allergies let us know a head of time and we can plan to meet in the atrium away from the cat.


 Book Club

Final meeting

Friday, May 8th 6:30 to 9:00

Lowertown Lofts in St. Paul,

255 Kellogg Blvd E loft 501, Saint Paul, MN

Whether you have read the book or not you can join us in an in depth discussion of the issues this fascinating book has brought up.  Read more below for info about Blazing World.


Blazing World by Minnesota’s own Siri Hustvedt

Join us for a winter WARM Read, Reflect and Discuss. Three Virtual Meetings, a running discussion board and a final face-to-face celebration/meeting in MAY.

Many women artists have observed and experienced the disparity of recognition as connected to gender. Some of us may have fantasized about hiring a man to mask our work.  What would happen? Siri Hustvedt imagines the possibilities.

The purpose of this read is not to critique Siri’s book but to relate her ideas to our experiences and perhaps use the outcomes to inform our own practice.

A discussion site will be launched on January 15, 2015.  The first “meeting” will be  February 1, 2015. Time to be announced. We will use  “Join Me” software to meet on our home computers. This is free for participants. Please contact Barbara Bridges if you are interested in joining this WARM activity.

Simon and Schuster has provided reader guide questions: (  but we would like to invite interested participants to also send THEIR ideas for questions.

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NPR (snip)
“Every now and again I come across a book that makes me wish to do violence to my learning, to tear away words like tour de force and magnificent in order to excavate something more true, more raw, more appropriate to the experience of reading it. Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World is such a book. Like fire, it feeds as it consumes: It gives off the warmth and light by which to read, understand, marvel at it — but in order to do so it absorbs the reader’s gaze, knowledge and attention and combusts them, transforms them into the brightness by which it is read.”

Presented as an anthology of texts assembled by Professor I. V. Hess, The Blazing World tells the story of Harriet Burden, an installation artist who, disappointed in the lack of recognition her work receives, chooses a succession of three different men to be pseudonymous “masks” for her pieces over a five-year period, an experiment to determine whether her work is better received when attributed to men. She calls the whole project Maskings, and the story of its conception and development is told through excerpts from her private journals, written statements offered by friends and reviewers, fiction from her son, and edited transcripts of interviews with her daughter. The result is complex, astonishing, harrowing, and utterly, completely engrossing.

The New York Review of Books (snip)

Not unexpectedly, Hustvedt is also a serious feminist, much praised for her thoughtful fictional renderings of women’s lives, especially as lived among the urban, college-educated, Kindle-owning, heterosexual middle classes. (The Blazing World, Katie Roiphe suggests, is “feminism in the tradition of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, or Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own: richly complex, densely psychological, dazzlingly nuanced.”)

Dates of  ”Join Me” virtual meetings:

February 8 First “Join Me” Meeting. 9:00 am

March 8  Second Join Me

April 12 Third Join Me