Special Events for May:

 WARM SPRING at the  Lowertown Lofts


Join us for a series of events this May at the Lowertown Lofts.

See the work of new 2015 WARM members who have joined a legacy of women artists 40+ years strong!Kristi Abbott • Mary Alterman • Carolina Borja • Laura Burlis • Naomi Hart • Krista Johnson • Shelly Losee • Dianne Merten • Alexandra Norwick • Ellen Starr

Come to the soaring atrium of Lowertown Lofts Artist’s Cooperative on Lowertown First Friday in May for a reception and small works make and take event!  See the show at our three other events: Book Club on Friday, May 8th (see below), Fresh Art on May 13th (see below) and The WARM Spoken Word event on May 27th (more info to come).  (Above Art by Naomi Hart)

Spoken Word Event: May 27th 6:30 – 8:30.  At the Lowertown Lofts.

We hope you will join us for WARM’s first Spoken Word Event.  Five performance artists:

  • Rebecca Dudley
  • Bonnie Ploger
  • Linda Morganstein
  • Gary Hoover
  • Annie Hejny

Bonnie Ploger, artist, biologist and sometimes cave explorer, will interweave poetic prose about caves into a tale of personal adventure, illustrated by her paintings and photography and accompanied by her improvisational singing.  Annie Hejny will share 1-3 short poems about the shore- “Standing at a shoreline awakens my awareness of the powerful grace which water provides. These poems are about healing and exploration”.  Linda will be presenting from her creative non-fiction book arts project, NUMINOSITY, a text and image experiment.  Rebecca Dudley is a musician who has written her own songs.  Gary Hoover preforms a piece about a conversation between the devil and god.  Standing at a shoreline awakens my awareness of the powerful grace which water provides. These poems are about healing and exploration




Regular Warm Events:

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 Extra

Carolyn Halliday

 Saturday, June 6  Noon  
Artist Talk with Carolyn Halliday and Kimber Olson
Carolyn Halliday and Kimber Olson
All new textile based work.
May 21- June 18, 2015
Opening Reception May 29 6:30-8:30
The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street
Hudson, WI 54016
Carolyn Halliday

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

 June 7, 2015 11-1pm

Backyard Draw at Deb Ripp’s

1007 27th Ave. SE.
Mpls, 55414 ( for you GPS’ers/Mapqwesters)

My house is located behind Dinkytown
between Como Ave . &  E. Hennepin , 6 blocks from Hwy. 280. Parking is on street and can be limited
I suggest/encourage biking, bussing
(#3 bus stop less than ½ block) or carpooling!
in case of Rain~
location: The Bell Museum on U of Mn Eastbank campus)

Life is Really Stimulating when you live in a Funky Neighborhood!

I invite you to bring a sketchbook and your fave  backyard chair or blanket so you can draw some of the funky features in my Backyard

I will be setting up a few still life motifs along the garage area and you can choose between those or anything else you see, my neighbors also have beautiful gardens and funky features that you can easily view form my yard.

I will have drinks : Lemonade, Iced Tea, or Pop to share, optional snack potluck.

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:

June 10th, 6:30 to 8:30

Studio of Lynette Black.  1887 Arona St, St Paul 55113, near Mn State Fair. Street parking available. We’re 2 blocks east of Snelling, 4 blocks north of Larpenteur Avenue, near NE entrance to the fair. Lynnette Black cell 651-328-4059.




 Book Club


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.”)


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.

Coming this Summer: Social Practice Art

Time and place tbd– Late August.   Featuring Barbara Bridges and Anne Leibowitz


Resources from PAST EVENT:

“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