HTA March 2006 Newsletter
The past month has been a busy one for many of the HTA members. The Home and Garden Show group has been designing and building a booth for March 1st – 5th. Roger Mayland has donated his trade show booth for the show and has been volunteering his studio North Prairie Tile as a staging ground to put the booth together. We have ten participants showcasing the HTA work and handing out the directory. Many thanks for all that have helped in the show. Special thanks to Digigraphics for giving us discounts on our display banners and photos for the show. To attend the Home and Garden show tickets are $10 but if you go to www.homeandgardenshow.com you should be able to get a $1 off coupon.
The MN Tile Festival
Only a month and a half and all the outside booths have now been sold out. We still have plenty of inside booths. I expect that those will go fairly fast as the tile conference becomes more well known.
We have hired a coordinator for the tile festival, actually two-- Nick and Rosie Hieli. They are NE Minneapolis residents and have been very involved with the Art-A-Whirl event for over ten years. They were volunteers for the first tile symposium in 2002 and have been supporters of the HTA since the beginning. They are very good at recruiting volunteers. Josh Blanc will still coordinate all the booth sales and paperwork. Nick and Rosie will be responsible for the running of the festivities on the day of the show.
Duluth Planning for Tile Conference
Karin Kraemer held a meeting of influential Duluthians for the planning of “Tiles of the Northern Plains: Building on Tradition”. People in attendance included Glensheen Mansion curator Wade Lawrence, Blue Iris Gallery, Seversons, Fairlawn curator. HTA members would recognize Fairlawn mansion from their fireplace adorning our 2006 cover of the directory. Josh Blanc drove up to Duluth to give the overview and to discover what parties could help in the planning of the tile conference. All groups attending really latched on to the conference idea and brainstormed away. Our biggest prize so far is the concept of having a dinner at the Glenshen mansion on the 14th of September. The mansion can hold up to 150 for a dinner. Especially designed tile tours of the mansion will be given. We hope you will save the date and start planning the tile conference into your plans so we can break bread and celebrate our tile history and its future with everyone at this very special event.
Karin Kraemer along with coordinating the Duluth portion of the conference has applied for a Doty Research grant from the Tile Heritage Foundation to make a map of Duluth Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin historic and contemporary tile. She should be hearing back in March their decision. They are in the preliminary stages and we will keep you updated on what is being planned.
National Juried Show by Clay Squared to Infinity
A National Juried show “One Square Foot” is now open for entries. This show is being hosted by Clay Squared to Infinity and is seeking entries from tile artists of every kind. The “One Square Foot” exhibition will present a broad range of artists’ interpretations of tile as a contemporary art form. All mediums welcome: clay, glass, bronze, wood, stone, mixed media, paper, found object, photographic, plastic, fiber, electronic, and mosaic. Submissions must be postmarked by May 15th, 2006. All finished artworks submitted must not exceed the one cubic foot dimensions of 12x12x12 inches. Only wall hung artwork with suitable hanging devices will be accepted.
There is $35 entry fee - up to three artworks per entry. Electronic entry on-line requires Visa or MasterCard payment. Payment by check only for mail entry by CD.
Juror: Jason Busch, art historian
all works will be judged in digital format, from submitted digital files.
$500 1st place Grand Prize
$250 2nd place Most Intriguing Design
$100 3rd place Most Creative Material
$250 Tile Heritage Prize for reflecting American traditions
Winners’ artwork will be promoted on printed materials and website.
To submit go to www.claysquared.com/gallery.htm and follow the directions. Or contact Clay Squared for a printed entry form 612-781-6409.
Society of Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is hosting their yearly conference in Chicago, March 15th – 18th. Many of the HTA members are attending. We will bring back our discoveries to share at our next meeting which is March 21st.
Dinner With Joe Taylor
Since Joe Taylor from the Tile Heritage Foundation is attending the SAMA conference we convinced him to drive back to Minneapolis and attend an HTA meeting. This is a great opportunity for HTA members to meet Mr. Taylor and ask questions about the tile conference from “The Man” himself. Joe will be checking out some of the venues for the conference while he stays here and trying out some of our restaurants he loves. His favorite being Café Havana. People wishing to attend a dinner with him can RSVP with Josh Blanc for Monday March 20th night dinner.
Next Meeting Tuesday March, 21st 2006 at 6pm
FK Art Glass
2210 Bryant Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
What to expect: SPECIAL GUEST Joe Taylor
from the Tile Heritage Foundation will be visiting from California and will be discussing the Tile Conference “Tiles of the Northern Plains: Building on Tradition”.
FK Art Glass will also be doing a glass tile demo in their newly renovated studio.
MN Tile Festival Postcards will be available.