The Craft Show

June 16-25

The Craft Show is a curated exhibition featuring five artists who push fine craft technique and traditional craft media in unique, new, and experimental directions. Contemporary work in wood, Japanese fibers, ceramic, digital embroidery, felting, letterpress, book making and more.
Teresa Audet: Wood
Molly Uravitch: Clay
Alissa McCourt: Wool
Wendy Fernstrum: Paper
Susan Hensel: Cotton

Opening Reception with the Artists

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 7-10 pm

About the artists


TERESA AUDET is a craftswoman and a maker of functional objects in Northeast Minneapolis. Her work focuses on function, utility, and craft, challenging expectations of usefulness and the value of physical items. Tools and techniques she employs favor thoughtfulness over haste, focusing on the materials and striving for a meditative way of working that serves as a tool for emotional processing. This practice of mindfulness comes from studying the art forms of the Tea Ceremony, flower arranging, and traditional woodworking in both the United States and at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Japan. Audet’s work has been shown in Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, and New York. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and design in 2011 with a BFA in Furniture Design. In 2014 she was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to conduct research on the papermaking fiber kozo and create a new body of work. In 2016 she was awarded a fellowship with the Minneapolis Art Lending Library. She has been an Artist-in-Residence aT Studios Midwest in Galesburg, Illinois, at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, and as a Jerome Funded artist resident at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota.

MOLLY URAVITCH  is a ceramic and mixed media artist originally from the East Coast. Her work draws from the unusual forms, patterns, and color combinations found in the flora and fauna of the natural world. She is also inspired by the “more is more” style and intricacies of Baroque and Rococo architecture and decorative arts, which she finds wonderfully over-stimulating and leave her with a sense of awe. Consistent themes in her art are color, pattern, texture, and a sense of whimsy. Surface is of special importance to her. In her ceramic work, the high relief to thrown forms, topped with intricately detailed, colorfully patterned glazes, provides dizzying visual stimulation and a tactile experience of ongoing discovery. Uravitch received her MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and her BFA in Crafts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

ALISSA MCCOURT is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who received her MEd in Education from the University of Minnesota and her MFA in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Alissa completed her BA at the University of Minnesota in Theatre and Studio Art and trained intensively with the Margolis-Brown ADAPTORS Company. As a theatre artist she has designed costumes and performed in The Red Eye New Works Festival, and The Cowles Center Right Here Showcase. McCourt utilizes textiles and soft sculpture techniques to explore cycles of growth and decay, violence and healing, myth and metamorphosis. My sculptures are objects of obsession and accumulation built from the repetition of the hand, the stitch, and the caress. I utilize common textiles such as hosiery, latex, duct tape, ace bandages, dead plant matter, and cotton batting in addition to knitting my own textiles out of wire, hair, and thread. Through my sculptural practice, I strive for a material alchemy, transforming inexpensive, recycled, and found material into objects of potential.


WENDY FERNSTRUM writes, designs, prints, and binds artist books under the press name of Fernwerks. She sees her work as an invitation to reconnect with the present moment by creating an intimate space that invites contemplation and reflection. While focusing on the letterpress process, she also integrates rubbings, monotype and other techniques to create works of quiet strength and immense beauty. Variations in scale and inventive approaches to binding and format appeal to physical sensation, providing a rich tactile experience. In 2016, Fernstrum received the 2016 Minnesota Book Artist Award, a category of the Minnesota Book Awards. She was the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2008 and a Jerome Foundation/Minnesota Center for Book Arts fellowship in 1996. Wendy earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota in 2003, and she resides in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. Her work is exhibited and collected nationally.

SUSAN HENSEL received her BFA from University of Michigan in 1972 with a double major in painting and sculpture and a concentration in ceramics. With a history, to date, of over 200 exhibitions, 32 of them solo, twenty garnering awards, Hensel’s desire is to communicate stories through art. Hensel’s artwork is known and collected nationwide, represented in collecting libraries and museums as disparate as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Duke University Special Collections with major holdings at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and University of Colorado at Boulder. In recent years Hensel has been awarded multiple grants and residencies through the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Ragdale Foundation. With broad training in painting, sculpture, textiles, technology and book arts, Hensel a deep toolkit from which she draws to create small works and immersive multimedia installations that ask questions and tell multilayered stories about identity, age, gender and power.


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Next up . . .

As summer heats up we’re shifting into Second Gear!
Featured guest artists Bianca Jarvis, Antony Lakey, and Jack Pavlik will be showing new work all related to how we hold onto time, memory, and change. This show will include a full mix of media, including painting, collage, photography, metal casting, video, and installation.
FRIDAY, JULY 7, 7-10 pm


About the Artists:

Bianca Jarvis combines painting with print processes, installation, and mixed media collage to examine personal experiences surrounding loss, memory, and imagination, and how our experience of memory is dictated by our relationship to spaces that are deeply imprinted on our psyche. Using the memory of her mother as a point of departure, the implied narratives that weave through her works reveal the mental and spiritual spaces she inhabits when reflecting on the past. Each piece affirms the moments she remembers, to make real what time has since made malleable.

Jarvis is a Sacramento, California transplant living in Minneapolis, where she received her MFA in Visual Studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She received her BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 2015 where she studied printmaking and philosophy. This past year Jarvis helped coordinate Con.fluence, a joint exhibition between MFA students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota.

Jack Pavlik’s practice is all about movement. Whether it is a computer programmed mechanical object with a life of its own, or repurposed piece of institutional furniture being used in a performative video, his work continually pairs distinct forces and objects in portrayals of competition and coexistence. His most recent body of work is an examination of how people react to systems that exist to modify behavior, how space is manipulated and how it manipulates us, provoking discussions about change, instability, and unease in people’s lives.

Pavlik has been a working artist for three decades, with numerous local and international exhibitions. He received a BFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota, an MFA in Visual Studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and did additional study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Pavlik was a Joan Mitchell MFA Grantee in 2012, was a resident artist at the Helsinki International Artist Program in 2014, and most recently was a resident artist at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York. Pavlik is the founder and director of Make It Move, an organization for the exhibition and promotion of kinetic and interactive art.

Antony Lakey says he trips over images and ideas on his way to doing something else. Once an image has been run into, he engages with it over and over again, through 2D, 3D, and digital media, in an attempt to see it from all perspectives: to see it through the eyes of a different medium. These processes result in layered drawings, site specific paintings, and assemblies of photographs and sculptures, that have long ago left behind any semblance of concern for the apparent subject and are well on their way to become simply evidence of a physical thought process that once made, can be safely discarded along with its inspiration.

Lakey grew up in the UK and lived in Brighton, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, before moving to the Twin Cities in 2012 to pursue his MFA at the University of Minnesota. Since graduating in 2015, he has found various employments as an art handler, writer, occasional handyman, and of course, maker.


This show is the second installment of Red Garage Studio’s MANUAL TRANSMISSION, a summer series of pop-up shows curated by Allison Ruby and featuring 3-5 guest artists working in a variety of media. The work chosen for these shows has a unique style that clearly shows the humor and hand of its maker, bringing together folks who appreciate good times and creative community.
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