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FALL SHOw 2005
Join me at
Frank Stone Gallery
Opening Reception
Thursday November 3, 5 – 9pm

Frank Stone Gallery
1226 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

I’ll be showing my sculptures, Jan Erickson will have mixed media paintings on vintage fabrics, and Tori Johnston will have jewelry.

Show runs this weekend only: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm.

I’ll be showing a couple of new large figurative works, some new pods and animals, and some very small pieces gift-priced for early holiday shopping!

I’ll be present at the gallery on Thursday evening and Saturday 12-5. See you there!

August 30, 2005 - October 01, 2005
OPENING RECEPTION SEPT 8th 5pm-9pm "VITAL FORCE" The Alchemy and Potential of the Egg and Seed.
Collaborative and individual works of carved, glazed and painted ceramics by Laura Drabant and Pamela Belding.

Opening reception on Thursday, September 8th, 2005 from 5pm-9pm
At Hemingway Ceramics, 339 13th Ave. NE, MPLS, MN 55413
Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
Admission is FREE

Hemingway Ceramics, one of the newer galleries in the Northeast Minneapolis Art Districts’ gallery strip on 13th Avenue, presents a feature exhibition titled “Vital Force”. This exhibit will feature collaborative as well as individual works in carved, glazed and painted ceramics by Laura Drabant and Pamela Belding. A spirited conversation between Laura and Pamela led to the idea of a collaborative effort to bring together their mutual desire to explore the potential of the egg and seed. Laura said, “Pam and I have known each other for a few years, meeting through the NE artist’s community and various arts events. I admire her brilliantly colored figurative collage works. They’re so different from my own simplified monochromatic sculptures.

Recently we both began showing work at Hemingway ceramics. We talked about the imagery and contrasts in our work. The challenge of integrating our two styles into single pieces piqued our creative interest. We are both intrigued by eggs as objects, with their multiple connotations, and by the nearly universal human fascination with them.

We had many discussions of what visual forms a collaborative project would take. In the end we decided that we would like to display individual as well as combined efforts. This allows us to explore the theme in the comfort of own mediums and as well as moving us out of our comfort zones. What happens when Pam’s normally large canvases become 3 dimensional and really small? Could I stand to have my painstakingly hand burnished natural surfaces carved up or covered up by something flashy as gold?”

Pamela’s appreciation of, and personal collection of Laura’s work, made it especially exciting to work with Laura. Pamela states, “ The word “entelechy”, meaning “a vital force urging an organism toward self-fulfillment” was a coalescing concept that united us in considering the the egg and seed forms. Inspired by the powerful simplicity and dimensionality of Laura’s work, carving into them was a reverent experience, with the intention of adding meaning with the surface carving or drawing.”

Laura adds, “Throughout the process we brought ourselves back to the form and theme. We were both struck with “shiny object syndrome” when gold leaf was applied to the eggs, and had to resist the temptation to make a hundred of them! It made us think of the eggs as not only transformative, but precious objects. We think the contrast of the dark smoke firing and bright metals are striking and have integrated both into nearly all of the collaborative pieces.”

The egg is a symbol of renewal, birth and transformation. Its appropriate that this new body of work takes that shape.

For more information on “Vital Force” contact Amy Hemingway at 612-379-9100 or www.hemingwayceramics.com Hemingway Ceramics will also be open until 9pm on September 1st (First Thursday’s in the Arts District)


I’ll be at HEMINGWAY CERAMICS during Art-A-Whirl 2005!

I am pleased to announce that Hemingway Ceramics will be showing my work during Art-a-Whirl AND on an ongoing basis. Stop by and see this beautiful new gallery in NE:

“Featuring carved Raku fired vessels and tiles by Steve Hemingway. Also showing incredible Lake Superior rock jewelry created by NE artist Daphnae Koop, contemporary paintings, copper tiles and jewelry by Jill Zimmer, collage and painted mirrors by Pamela Belding, smoke fired, whimsical, sculptural ceramics by Laura Drabant, thought provoking, painstakingly stitched, mixed media by Ingrid Restemayer, and beautiful organic shapes in porcelain vases and objects by Jan Bilek. We are proud to represent and support local artists!”

Tue-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 11-4pm, Sunday and Monday by appointment only.
Open 11am-9pm First Thursdays in the Arts District

For more information on these and other artists at Hemingway Ceramics, stop by 339 13th Avenue NE MPLS 55413, or call 612-379-9100. www.hemingwayceramics.com


Art-A-Whirl 2005

The 10th Annual ART-A-WHIRL® Open Studio and Gallery Tour
Friday, May 20th, 2005, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, May 21st, 2005, Noon – 8pm
Sunday, May 22nd, 2005, Noon – 5pm
in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and surrounding areas. The tour is self-guided. Admission is FREE

Art-A-Whirl is a self-guided tour of more than 400 locations including artist studios, independently-owned galleries and alternative art spaces in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and surrounding areas. Every year Art-A-Whirl hosts an unparalleled variety of visual art mediums and styles. One need not travel to the East or West Coast to find top-notch visual art in every imaginable medium. Art-A-Whirl is a special time where nearly every artist's door is open to the public – inviting them to explore the creative process from inspiration to execution. And with typically more than 20,000 visitors to the area for this event, it really is ‘the big one’ on the list of open studio events that regularly take place in the Twin Cites metro area.


First Thursdays in NE MPLS

For release by Tom Taylor
Thu, 03 Mar 2005 13:56:30 -0800
The first Thursday of every month many studios and galleries in NE MPLS are open into the evening till 9:pm for you to peruse and get an eyeful and hopefully find something beautiful and meaningful to take home.

NE ceramist Laura Drabant has started to be carried at a new shop on 13th AVE, Hemingway Ceramics (339 13th Ave NE ~ www.hemingwayceramics.com).  I have collected several of Laura's works and am especially fond of her pieces that are ceramic food objects that you can hold in your hand and turn over and feel and sometimes hear.  You can see some of Laura's work and read more about her at http://www.lauradrabant.com/

Hemingway Ceramics is located right next door to the Modern Cafe and conveniently located right down the block from two great galleries, Rogue Buddha (http://www.roguebuddha.com/) and Artrujillo Gallery (http://www.artrujillo.com/).

Make a evening of it, go see some art, have dinner go see some more art and end up at the newly poshed up and reopened 331 bar at 13th and University AVE, and have something to talk about on Friday.You can find out more about 1st Thursdays and other art type things happening in lovely lower NE MPLS at http://www.nemaa.org/firstthursdays.html

Tom Taylor


Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em

July 7th through September 30th, 2005
with a smoke firing/raku even taking place July 9th from 10am –3pm
Smoked refreshments and artists present til 5pm

Four artists let smoke and fire kiss the surface of their intricately carved  and modeled tiles. Works by Steve Hemingway, Laura McCaul, Jude Ryan Reiling, and Laura Drabant.

Clay Squared to Infinity
34 13th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413


Fall Show

Dates to be determined—October?

Frank Stone Gallery
1224 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413


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