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Rock Johnson showing at Conception Arts, first Chicago show

We’re so proud of Rocky! He was invited to show his work in Chicago at the first Conception Arts shows there.  This show features the work of 25 artists that are on the cutting edge of visual arts. The show will be taking place on June 24th, 2017 at the Dovetail Brewery, 1800 West Belle Plaine Avenue from 5:00 pm -10:00 pm. Good luck Rocky. Chicago is going to be blown away by your new work.  Tickets available through Rocky or online here.

Roadside Attractions—Next 5 Exits, Exhibition Opening and Artists Talks at Northern Clay Center

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” —Ernest Hemingway Mar 10 to Apr 30 Main Gallery – Nothern Clay Center Opening reception: Friday, March 10, 6 – 8 pm Guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, Roadside Attractions — Next 5 Exits reveals a vision of the allure of the wayside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko Paterson, and Nathan Prouty—create works that depict the recollection of travels, a portrayal of collected memories, nostalgia for past Americana, and the desire to contain an experience within an object. Viewers will recognize the expression of journeys made and imagined, and they will be able to connect through their shared experience. Related Events Northern Clay is sponsoring a public artist talk by curator and participating artist Pattie Chalmers, and artist Peter Morgan, on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm in NCC’s library. Register for your free seat here. In addition, Peter Morgan will demonstrate on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am – 4 pm. …

American ‘Holy Grail’ Porcelain Punch Bowl to Go on Display

This bowl dates from about 1770 and is the earliest known example of American hard-paste porcelain. It will be at the Museum of the American Revolution, which is to open in Philadelphia on April 19. Who would have thought that the story of porcelain would be such a rousing tale of wealth, intrigue and outrageous greed and gluttony?  In spite of porcelain being used in China for hundreds of years, it’s formula was a closely guarded secret by the Chinese. Recently arrived from the Orient to 17th century Europe, porcelain quickly became a symbol of power, prestige, and good taste. Porcelain by weight was worth as much as gold in many parts of Europe in the 18th century. A colonial-era, porcelain, American made, punch bowl that has been called the “Holy Grail” of American ceramics is to go on public display for the first time in Philadelphia in April after its discovery during excavation on the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution. The ceramic bowl, dating from about 1770, is the earliest known example of American hard-paste porcelain, …

Kingfield Empty Bowls, Thursday February 9th, 4-8 P.M. Martin Luther King Park

On Thursday, February 9th, from 4-8 PM Kingfield will host the sixth annual Kingfield Empty Bowls! Empty Bowls is a single day event that combines art, food, local businesses, nonprofits, and lots and lots of neighbors raising awareness and funds to combat hunger in our neighborhood. Your support of this project will again benefit Nicollet Square, an organization that provides affordable housing and a supportive environment for young adults who have experienced homelessness or have been in the foster care system. Last year we were able to donate over $10,000 to Nicollet Square through this single evening event! The concept of Kingfield Empty Bowls is simple: Attendees donate (suggested at $20 per bowl), select a beautiful handmade bowl donated by a local pottery artist, enjoy a hearty meal of soup prepared by volunteers, and then keep their bowl as a reminder that many of our neighbors need food and housing. For more info and to share info with your friends and neighbors, visit and join the Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1691749537732377/

Imperial Chinese Teapot Sells for 3.5 Million at Auction

Back in September, this Chinese teapot was one of the star lots in Sotheby’s biannual “Asia Week” auctions when it sold for $3.5 million dollars of the sales total $60.4 million. Brexit, the U.S. presidential election and general macroeconomic jitters might have cooled demand for European and American art, but the market for historic Chinese artifacts seems to be warming up again – at least at auction.  In the case of the 18th-century famille-rose “Hui Mountain Retreat” teapot, more than half a dozen bidders competed before it was bought by an Asian collector. Finely painted with a scene of tea being served in a garden, it bore a poem by the Qianlong emperor celebrating his fondness for the brew. The pot had been owned by the renowned American collector Murrell Rickards Bowden Werth, who died in 2014. Things with an imperial connection have real pulling-power for the Chinese,” Mr. Howard-Sneyd of Sotheby’s said. “And if it has been in a Western collection 30 or more years, it can’t be a recent fake, which gives them confidence. Later that …