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.  For information about WARM Conversations, email

 February 15th, 12:00 to 3:00

at the Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55121

Bring your portable art supplies to create art for donations.  WARM needs art for gifts to encourage donations at the opening of the the WARM juried show “Portals and Passages” on March 6th so join us and make it.  WARM will provide the frames you provide your creativity.  This can also be a great time to create for other great causes like Art for Shelter.  What better way to beat the cold than get together with friends and create.

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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.

“Digitizing for Dollars”
Thursday, January 29th 6:30 to 9:00
Northeast Bank, 77 Broadway st. NE
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 This event is FREE to members so please review your membership status before attending.  Otherwise entry fee is $10 per person.  Members can bring a friend for $5.


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:


February Fresh Art

February 11th 6:30 to 8:30
At Kate Renee’s Studio, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave

Studio is the 2010 Artblok – large silver 2010 sculpture out in front. Free parking in lot. Studio #4-210. Building doors are locked after 6 PM so you must be let in.

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 NEW!  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.”)

Dates of  ”Join Me” virtual meetings:

February 8 First “Join Me” Meeting.

March 8  Second Join Me

April 12 Third Join Me