New MN Original Episodes Premiere January 3!

A new season of MN Original is finally here! Our weekly arts series returns for a seventh season with features on a whole new batch of talented local artists.

Tune in Sundays at 6 and 10 p.m. on TPT 2 starting January 3 to see new episodes featuring more than 50 Minnesota artists, musicians and arts organizations.

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Pictured: Greta Claire, Paul Peterson, James Brenner, Theater Latté Da’s production of Sweeney Todd

The January 3 season premiere is set to feature 2015 Man Booker Prize winning-author Marlon James, renowned public artist and sculptor James Brenner and Indie-folk musical-duo The Ericksons.

Additionally, look for features on actor Tyler Michaels, a performance from Shapiro & Smith Dance, gunpowder and pyrotechnics artist Lisa Friedrich and many more.

With the new season also comes new sound for our episodes thanks to students from McNally Smith College of Music!

This exciting partnership between MN Original and the College gives students professional experience to create original music for television by contributing to the series’ music library. The new compositions really complement our artists’ work!

As always, new episodes of MN Original and individual segments will be available on mnoriginal.org, video.tpt.org and through connected streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

We can’t wait to share this new collection of stories showcasing what makes Minnesota’s arts community so special.

Know of a Twin Cities artist we should feature next season? Let us know by filling out our Artist Submission Form here!

And don’t forget to connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 

Buy Local This Season With MN Original’s Holiday Gift Guide

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This holiday season, why not give the gift of art? From prints, to jewelry to books, there are plenty of ways to support local artists and give a gift that is extra unique and special.

Scroll through to find some gift ideas from a few MN Original alums. Of course, we could only include a handful so if you’ve got more ideas, feel free to share by leaving a comment or letting us know on Facebook and Twitter!

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1. “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James, $17

The Minneapolis-based author just won the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize and will also be the first artist featured in the upcoming season of MN Original on January 3, 2015.

2. Coffee Art painting, $10-500

Angel Sarkela-Saur created this original “Coffee Palette” Coffee Art® painting. It features coffee dripping into a cup with a brush on the saucer used to create the works.

Watch Coffee Art on MN Original here.

3. Headpiece with roses by Karen Morris, $295

Milliner Karen Morris’ wine-colored cocktail headpiece with handmade roses, feather and crinoline trim is perfect for the style-consious person in your life.

Watch Karen Morris on MN Original here.

4. 2016 Calendar by Amy Rice, $40

Great gift idea for your gardener, conservationist or outdoor loving friend or family member.

Watch Amy Rice on MN Original here.

5. Art Coloring Book by Chuck U, $20

Who says coloring books are just for kids? Not us. And not Chuck U who has created a 31-paged book of his intricate and imaginative prints — all black and white and waiting to be filled in with your own colorful patterns. (Note: the first run of coloring books sold out quick so don’t miss out on grabbing yours while they’re still available!)

Watch Chuck U on MN Original here.

6. First Avenue print by Mike Welton, $17 – 20

Oil painter Mike Welton’s digital prints of iconic Twin Cities landmarks would make any Minnesota enthusiast smile. We especially love this one of First Avenue.

Watch Mike Welton on MN Original here.

7. I Heart MN necklace by Emily Johnson, $145 – 195

Who wouldn’t want this part of their jewelry collection? Emily Johnson’s Minnesota-shaped design is hand-cut out of sterling silver with a 14k red gold heart over the Twin Cities.

Watch Emily Johnson on MN Original here.

8. “Adrift” by Greycoats, $9

Literature and mythology inspire the atmospheric music of the Anglo-rock quartet Greycoats. The band’s recent album, “Adrift,”  combines “unsurpassed artistic mastery with the dazzling enchantment of a lunar voyage.”

Watch Greycoats on MN Original here.

9. MN Original Commemorative Print by Adam Turman, $25

We might be biased, but this MN Original commemorative print by Adam Turman would look great on an empty wall or desk space. The 18×24″ print features the Twin Cities skylines behind a roving Minnesota landscape. Only 150 prints of this design have been made and each is signed and numbered.

Watch Adam Turman on MN Original here.

10. The Wedding Is Off print by Greg Gossel, $45

We can’t get enough of Greg Gossel’s colorful pop art prints available in a choice of color options and styles. Each print is signed and numbered by Greg in an edition of 150 prints.

Watch Greg Gossel on MN Original here.

Don’t forget to share more great local gift ideas in the comments or on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter).

Look out for the new season of MN Original airing Sundays at 6 and 10 p.m. starting January 3, 2016!

Join MN Original At Art Attack 2015

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On Saturday, November 7, MN Original, will partner with public artist Greta McLain’s Good Space Murals team to bring interactive art-making to Art Attack, Northrup King Building’s annual open studio and gallery crawl.

Join us in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Art District as we create a community-made and inspired mini mural, to be eventually installed at the iconic arts building.

Plus, a MN Original screening area will be available to watch past episodes while you rest your feet between perusing all the art!

All abilities and ages are welcome. For more information on the artist, visit http://www.gretamclain.com.

Event details:

Art Attack 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free

Watch Greta McLain on MN Original below:

A Writing Soundtrack By Marlon James

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Minneapolis-based writer Marlon James is having a big month after winning the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings, his novel inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s.

MN Original was thrilled to film with Marlon earlier this month for an episode set to premiere in January 2016. Our crew followed him around to some of his favorite Twin Cities spots including Cheapo Records, a place he frequents at least once a week.

Writing to a soundtrack is important to Marlon who told us, ”Music is a huge part of the creative process for me. Maybe it’s a Jamaican thing but so much of what we do is to music.”

So what does the award-winning author like to listen to while he writes? We asked him to name some artists who were on rotation while working on A Brief History of Seven Killings.

So put on your headphones and scroll down for a a selection of Marlon’s writing playlist:

Miles Davis

Blondie

King Tubby

Captain Beefheart

Augustus Pablo

Stereolab

PJ Harvey

Peel Sessions

Look for Marlon James on a new season of MN Original premiering January 2016 on Twin Cities PBS.

MN Original Artists Featured In Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium

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Many might consider the Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium a work of art in and of itself. And when the doors open in 2016, fans will be able to take in an array of artwork and installations from 34 Minnesota artists − many of whom are MN Original alums.

The stadium will feature about 500 artworks including roughly 200 commissioned paintings, sculptures, digital and installation pieces.

The Star Tribune reports “all projects will be new designs specific to the stadium. Plans range from realistic portraits of players to impressionistic landscapes, abstractions, mosaics and custom-designed Vikings shields and helmets.”

We’re excited to see so many local names represented in this stadium project. When you head to a Vikings home game, be sure to look for work from the following MN Original alums:

David Rathman - Watercolor and Oil on Paper/Canvas 

 

Carolyn Swiszcz - Acrylic Paint, Quick Printmaking

 

Gary Welton - Acrylic Oils on Paper and Canvas

 

Michael Sweere - Recycled Materials Mosaic Artist

 

Greg Gossel - Pop Art Mixed Media

 

Shawn McNulty - Contemporary Paintings on Canvas

 

Featured in the upcoming season 7 of MN Original:

Leslie Barlow – Oil Painting

Lisa Friedrich – Gun Powder Stencils

Peyton Scott Russell – Large-Scale Graffiti-Style

MN Original Recognized With Five 2015 Upper Midwest Regional EMMY® Awards

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TPT and MN Original team members at the 2015 Upper Midwest Regional EMMY® Gala

MN Original is proud to have been honored with five 2015 Upper Midwest Regional EMMY® Awards across a variety of categories.

Thank you to the many artists and organizations who have worked with our team over the past year to showcase and advocate for the Twin Cities arts community.

Keep reading to find a list of MN Original episodes, segments and individuals honored with a 2015 Upper Midwest Regional EMMY®.

Magazine: Minnesota Original: Jeffrey Hatcher¸ And The Professors¸ Alexa Horochowski and David Bowman

 

Interview/Discussion: A Pet Photographer in Her Own Words

 

Community/Public Service (PSA) – Single Spot: The Legacy Funded Work of Minnesota Public Television

Editor – Program (Non-News): Ryan Klabunde

Photographer – Program (Non-News): Brennan Vance Director of Photography

 

Preview: The History Theatre’s ‘Glensheen’ Opens Oct. 3

Opening October 3 at the History Theatre, “Glensheen” is a dark musical which tells the story of a 1970s family tragedy in Minnesota.

“Glensheen” is written by Jeffrey Hatcher with music and lyrics by Chan Poling.

Click here to find ticket information.

Stay tuned for a future MN Original profile with Artistic Director Ron Peluso featuring his work to tell real stories about Minnesota history.

MNO on the Go: Sept. 13 – 20

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MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit MNOriginal.org each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

Genealogy of Happenstance at the Guthrie Theater

Sept. 17 – 20

There’s a book for what to expect when you’re expecting, but where’s the volume “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting”? When Minneapolis writer and Minnesota Fringe veteran Allegra Lingo and her wife, Amy, decided to start a family, this is the book Allegra wanted to read. Except it didn’t exist. So Allegra wrote it. In her Guthrie debut, Lingo creates a show the Star Tribune called “masterfully done, with equal parts rollicking humor, clever turns of phrase, lurking pathos and, ultimately, affirming joy” as she wrestles with what it means to be ensconced in the journey to conceive a child when she herself will only be connected by the genealogy of happenstance. Sometimes, making a baby takes more than just the birds and the bees.

Click here for more info.

Midwest Soap Factory Biennial: superusted

Sept. 12 – Nov. 1

The Soap Factory Biennial , superusted, is a Midwest exhibit including 5 states and 17 artists. Artists featured include Alexa Horochowski , Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot , Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Christy, John Fleischer, Laura Primozic, Lindsay Smith, Mandy Martinson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Phil Olmstead, Pritika Chowdry, Shana Kaplow and Sonja Peterson. The exhibit opens on September 12 and closes on November 1.

Click here for more info.

Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

September 18, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

Click here for more info.

Nirmala Rajasekar’s “Sounds of the Ancient” at Indian Music Society of Minnesota

September 13

“Nirmala Rajasekar’s fall tour of ‘Sounds of the Ancient’ Sept 13 at 5 pm with Indian Flute Maestro on the Bamboo Flute Pandit Ronu Majumdar and the two stars of Indian percussion from India –Muruga Boopathi (who is on the MNO video with me) on the two headed drum Mridangam and Ajeet Pathak on Tabla.”

Click here for more info.

MNO on the Go: Sept. 6 – 13

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MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit MNOriginal.org each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

2nd Saturdays – California Building Open Studios

Saturday, Sept. 12 – 12 – 4 p.m.

The California Building in Northeast Minneapolis is a former grain mill turned studio building for working artists. As the first art studio building in the NE area, artists began renting studios here in the 80′s. The tenants include emerging, mid and late career artists in a variety of disciplines.

A haven for a diverse group of artists, the building is now open to the public for open studio tours and sales every month on the 2nd Saturday. Enjoy free parking.

Click here for more info.

Bluegrass Festival at Caponi Park

September 13 at 2 p.m.

This festival brings nationally and regionally touring, award-winning bands Monroe Crossing, Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, Sawtooth Brothers and Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys, each with their own unique sound and style to Caponi Art Park.

Click here for more info.

Franconia Sculpture Park: Art & Artists Celebration

September 12 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What better way to celebrate an exhibition full of new ambitious sculptures made by truly dedicated artists? Throw everyone a creative & fun-filled festival! In true Franconia fashion, there will be live music, family art making activities, guided tours of new work, delicious food & beverages, and more.

Click here for more info.

Midwest Soap Factory Biennial: superusted 

September 12 – November 12

The Soap Factory Biennial , superusted, is a Midwest exhibit including 5 states and 17 artists. Artists featured include Alexa Horochowski , Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot , Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Christy, John Fleischer, Laura Primozic, Lindsay Smith, Mandy Martinson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Phil Olmstead, Pritika Chowdry, Shana Kaplow and Sonja Peterson.

Click here for more info.

Paul Shambroom: Lost, MMAA Project Space

August 20 – October 18

Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom.

Click here for more info.

Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

September 12, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

Click here for more info.

 

MN Original Nominated for Eleven 2015 Upper Midwest Regional EMMYs®

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Twin Cities Public Television is honored to have been nominated for a total of 43 Upper Midwest Regional EMMYs® with 11 of those recognizing MN Original.

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to all the artists and organizations who have shared their talents with us this past year.

The EMMYs® will be awarded at the Annual EMMY® Gala on Saturday October 3 at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Mall of America.

Check out nominations below:

 

10A: Arts/Entertainment: Single Story

Chris Mars: Portrait of an Artist – Twin Cities Public Television

  • David Roth, Producer
  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Katherine McDonald, Associate Producer
  • Adam Geiger, Editor
  • Joseph Demko, Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Kate Westlund, Production Coordinator
  • Marissa Blahnik, Managing Producer
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer

The Life of an Actor: Sally Wingert – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Brittany Shrimpton, Producer
  • Brennan Vance, Editor
  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Amy Melin, Producer 2
  • Andrea Bussey, Production Assistant
  • Eric Pagel, Field Audio
  • Joseph Demko, Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Kate Westlund, Production Coordinator
  • Marissa Blahnik, Managing Producer
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer

18A: Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Single Story

Minnesota Music Man: Cornbread Harris – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Amy Melin, Producer
  • Brennan Vance, Director of Photography
  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Brittany Shrimpton, Associate Producer
  • Ryan Klabunde, Editor
  • McGraw Jones, Videographer
  • Jim Kron, Videographer
  • Joseph Demko, Field and Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Kate Westlund, Production Coordinator
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer

24: Informational/Instructional – Single Story

The Art and Craft of Playwriting According to Jeffrey Hatcher – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Brittany Shrimpton, Producer
  • Brennan Vance, Editor
  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Amy Melin, Producer 2
  • Andrea Bussey, Production Assistant
  • Michael Phillips, Videographer
  • Joseph Demko, Field and Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Kate Westlund, Production Coordinator
  • Marissa Blahnik, Managing Producer

25: Interview/Discussion

A Pet Photographer in Her Own Words – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Amy Melin, Producer
  • Brennan Vance, Director of Photography
  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Brittany Shrimpton, Associate Producer
  • Joseph Demko, Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Kate Westlund, Production Coordinator
  • Marissa Blahnik, Managing Producer
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer

26: Magazine 

Minnesota Original: Tish Jones, Kurt Melancon and Chris Mars – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Amy Melin, Producer
  • Katherine McDonald, Producer
  • Brennan Vance, Director of Photography
  • Brittany Shrimpton, Associate Producer
  • Ryan Klabunde, Editor
  • Joseph Demko, Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Kate Westlund, Production Coordinator
  • Marissa Blahnik, Managing Producer
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer


Minnesota Original: Jeffrey Hatcher, And The Professors, Alexa Horochowski and David Bowman – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Marissa Blahnik, Managing Producer
  • Ashleigh V. Rowe, Senior Series Producer
  • Amy Melin, Producer
  • Katherine McDonald, Senior Associate Producer
  • Brittany Shrimpton, Associate Producer
  • Adam Geiger, Story Editor
  • Joseph Demko, Field and Post Production Audio
  • Ezra Gold, Senior Editor
  • Andrea Bussey, Production Assistant
  • Jeremy Hosterman, Post Production and Web Coordinator
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer

31A: Community/Public Service (PSA) – Single Spot

The Legacy-Funded Work of the Minnesota Public Television Association – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Marissa Blahnik, Producer
  • Robert Hutchings, Online Editor
  • Mitch Griffin, Post Production Audio
  • Terry O’Reilly, Chief Content Officer 

39A: Editor – Program (Non-News)

Minnesota Original Composite – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Ryan Klabunde, Editor

39B: Editor – Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.)

Minnesota Original Composite – Twin Cities Public Television

Ryan Klabunde, Editor

43A: Photographer – Program (Non-News)

MN Original and The Lowertown Line – Twin Cities Public Television

  • Brennan Vance, Director of Photography

Celebrating The Arts Partners and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in MN Original Specials

This post contributed by MN Original Senior Series Producer Ashleigh V. Rowe

MN Original captured an extraordinary moment in the Ordway’s history: the opening of the new Concert Hall.

It was exquisitely designed by architect Tim Carl and acoustician Paul Scarbrough and carefully constructed by McGough.

As ribbons of wood embrace the stage, the aesthetic and technical achievements allow the music to sound so warm and bright, it feels like sunshine filling the hall.

Sounds of Blackness Ordway

Our crew was mesmerized by one performance after another by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sounds of Blackness, Haley Bonar, Cantus, The Schubert Club’s Student Scholarship Competition winners and Minnesota Opera in the classic Music Theater.

The leaders of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club, Minnesota Opera and the Ordway had formed a unique partnership to build the hall, engage new audiences and ensure the success of each of the organizations that share the Ordway’s stages.

The SPCO’s Bruce Coppock and others call the Concert Hall a “triumph for the community,” that will foster artistic innovation.

The community, the city of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota supported the Arts Partnership and its world-class talent, productions and programs.

Through these organizations, children from all backgrounds are learning about the arts and are inspired. They are filled with the possibility of one day performing at the Ordway. And they are on their way to becoming life-long lovers of the arts.

We were taken by the passion, energy and commitment of all we met during production of the MN Original specials. More than one hundred Minnesota musicians and performing artists, dozens of crew working tirelessly behind the scenes and the exceptional teams within each organization.

We are especially grateful to Patricia Mitchell, Bruce Coppock, Kyu-Young Kim, Barry Kempton and Nina Archabal for this unforgettable experience.

Thank you from all of us at MN Original.

When to watch:

MN Original: The Arts Partners Special premieres Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. on TPT

MN Original: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra premieres Friday, Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. on TPT

STUDIO:HERE At The Minnesota State Fair + Yudong Shen Premiere

As you’re planning out your visit to the Minnesota State Fair this year, make sure to stop by the STUDIO:HERE exhibition featuring a lineup of Minnesota artists and many MN Original alums. It will be a fantastic opportunity to see stunning works of art created right before your eyes.

Each day of the fair, a practicing Minnesota artist will create artwork and have opportunities to interact with fair guests. This special exhibition provides a window into the working artist’s world and an up-close look at the ‘nuts-and-bolts’ of how an art object is created.

The participating artists work in a variety of 2D and 3D media and include: Cindy Koopman (printmaker), Greg Graham (painter), Moira Bateman (mixed media sculpter), Todd Bridigum (drawer/ printmaker), Yudong Shen (watercolor artist), Patrick Kemal Pryor (painter), Leslie Barlow (painter), Miranda Brandon (photographer), Eric William Carroll (photographer), Jenn Ackerman (photographer), Matt Semke (multimedia 19 process artist) and Kimberlee Joy Roth (ceramicist/slip-caster).

STUDIO: HERE takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center 

Don’t miss these MN Original alums on the following days:

Saturday, August 29 – Moira Bateman

Inspired and fascinated by nature, Moira Bateman earned a degree in landscape architecture, but changed course to pursue mixed-media art full time.

Monday, August 31 – Yudong Shen

*Watch an early release of this segment featuring painter Yudong Shen below and look for it in a future full episode of MN Original!

Yudong Shen infuses his Asian brush paintings with color and contrast to create landscapes that recall both China and Minnesota.

Tuesday, Sept 1 – Patrick Kemal Pryror

Home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick K. Pryor’s experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work.