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Upcoming Events (2017):

IN THIS PLACE: What makes a place holy?
new exhibit & series of interfaith events
through DEC 3 at the Phipps, in Hudson, WI

 We are artists from three religious traditions: Hend Al-Mansour, Muslim, Sylvia Horwitz, Jewish, and me, Christian  - exploring the question “What makes a place holy?”  - with focus on the lands of the Qur’an, the Torah, and the Bible, from ancient times to the present, and on the multiplicity of ways people experience these places as holy.

 
     

 

Oct. 29: 12-2pm Opening Reception with David Harris singing Sephardic music and Egyptian violinist Salah Abdel Fattah playing. Come & meet the artists!

Nov. 7: 7 pm. Lecture: Sacred Spaces in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, by David Penchansky
(Hudson United Methodist Church – 1401 Laurel Avenue, Hudson, WI)

Nov. 9, 7 pm Community Forum : Different Voices: Shared Visions, interfaith discussion
(PRE-Forum 6pm Docent-led tour of the exhibit)

 Nov. 25 (Sat) 7:30 pm Music Performance by The Rose Ensemble
Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims
(PRE-Concert 6pm and 6:30 pm Docent led tours of the exhibits)
(The Phipps Theater)
To purchase tickets, go to www.thephipps.org or call
715-386-8409

     
 
     
     

 


 

   

Susan's studio:

Studio #501 in the California Building

www.californiabuilding.com

Directions: from University Ave. & Broadway: 

N on University. Left on 22nd (one block past Jax Café); Park at Mojo Coffee and go up to 5th floor.  P.S. There is an elevator!      

                    
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"Tales of the Twin Cities: the Mayor"

Recent Events:

Art-a-Whirl –  Open Studio – 5/19 through 5/21

  Pet a 3-D Moose, peek in a coop on chicken feet,
Art, poems, and anecdotes of Robert Bly - 3 days only!
                              &
Map art, new Passages paintings, Talking Suitcases

 

Fri. (May 19) 5-9 pm

Sat. (May 20) 12-8pm

Sun. (May 21) 12-5 pm
  3:00-4:00 Violin and Mandolin (klezmer)
Judith Eisner and Dugie Cole
   
   

 Enjoy some snacks, drinks, and relaxed conversation
 Part of a larger event in the California Building, with many studios open.
 Please stop by and visit!

Studio #501 (directions below)- 2205 California St. NE, Mpls 55418

612-578-9655, 612-722-4088













 

“Holy Wisdom and the Lament of the Dead”

MN Jung Association Salon

 

Presenters: Gerald Kegler, Karen Ilvedson, Susan Armington

Salon will explore the imagery and symbols on site in the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel and suggest relevance for “Lament of the Dead: Psychology after Jung’s Red Book” by James Hillman and Red Book editor Sonu Shamdasani. The Chapel is modeled in the style of the Sixth Century Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. We’ll attend to the voices of those who have gone before. Come and add your own wonderment and amplifications. The space is awesome and it will be Halloween weekend!

 

 


Inside the chapel

Saturday October 29th.
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Lakewood Cemetery Chapel
3600 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

 

   
Members- Free, Non-members- $10, Students- Free


outside view of the chapel

Art-a-Whirl –  Open Studio – 5/20 through 5/22

 

Fri. (May 20) 5-9 pm

Sat. (May 21) 12-8pm
  4:30:

Susan reads about Japan

               
  5:00: Mactir Academy of Irish Dance
   

Sun. (May 22) 12-5 pm
  1:00: RT Rybak reads from Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis
     
  3:30: Violin and Mandolin (klezmer)
   
 

 Enjoy some snacks, drinks, and relaxed conversation
 Part of a larger event in the California Building, with many studios open.
 Please stop by and visit!

Studio #501 (directions below)- 2205 California St. NE, Mpls 55418

612-578-9655













 

Susan with Portrait of RT Rybak

Art Residency at the Minnesota Children's Museum - April 2016

I painted a River Mural - visitors added drawings to it!

 

 

Susan Armington’s OPEN STUDIO  * NOV 13 & 14

   

 

 

 

 

Studio 501 -
Art, music, & readings!

 

 
 

11/13               Friday:  5-9 pm

 

11/14               Saturday: 12-8pm

 

               

 4 -5 pm:  Live Music:

  •  The Brunettes – Shostakovich piano trio

  • Yuichi Kubota, Priscilla Morton, Katherine Canon

  • Katherine Canon – Solo cello

  • Jenny Asparro, Yuichi Kubota - Mozart duet for violin and viola

5-6 pm Writers Read:

  • Diane Pecoraro – poet laureate of St. Louis Park

  • Susan Armington – new work about Japan

  • Writers Anonymous – surprise readings

 

   

Map paintings, river art, talking suitcases, &  tiny framed collages….

 

part of  California Dreamin’
a building-wide celebration and open studio event

 

Studio #501 in the California Building   (2205 California St. NE, Mpls)

Directions: from University Ave. & Broadway: 
N on University. Left on 22nd (one block past Jax Café); Park at MoJo Coffee and go up to 5th floor.  P.S. There is an elevator!      
                      (612) 578-9655

part of  Art-a-Whirl
Studio #501
in the California Building   (2205 California St. NE, Mpls)

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Sand & Stones exhibit (April 29-May 24)

 

Robbin Gallery, 4915 42nd Ave. N. Robbinsdale, MN
www.robbingallery.org
Paintings & sculpture by Susan Armington, photographs by Sylvia Horwitz
inspired by travels and reflections on places of the Torah and Bible.

Events:
Opening Reception :
April 30 (Thurs) 6-8 pm.
The artists share their experiences and Leslie Ball adds music. 

What makes a place holy?  May 6 (Wed) 7 pm:
Discussion led by Rabbi Alexander Davis 

Song Circle  May 24 (Sat) 2- 4pm:
Songs & rounds from different traditions
Led by Leslie Ball

All events are free and everyone is welcome!

Special FREE workshop:

 

(Part of “mini_polis” Creative City Challenge winning project with Niko)

How Green can you get?
May 7th, 7-9pm @ Leonardo’s Basement
(the basement of Anodyne Cafe,4301 Nicollet Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55409)

Brainstorm and build the greenest stuff a city could have... an apartment wreathed in grapes? an underground cave and mushroom patch? a skateboard/ goat park?

We'll invent and build mini green structures and open spaces to add to mini_polis.

Led by Susan Armington & Liz Dengate

Free but please RSVP at the Leonardo's Basement site

Do you have an idea like this for mini_polis???

 

Wa-ter-shed

 

The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
 April 10 - May 17, 2015

Reception Friday, May 8, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

www.ThePhipps.org

Art-a-Whirl –  Open Studio – 5/15 and 5/17 only (NOT Saturday)

 

(Fri) 5-9 pm &
(Sun) 12-6 pm

River art, Map art, Talking Suitcases, & Tiny art in frames
 Enjoy some snacks, drinks, and relaxed conversation
 Part of a larger event in the California Building, with many studios open.  
 Please stop by and visit!

Studio #501 (directions below)- 2205 California St. NE, Mpls 55418

November 30, 2014 – January 22, 2015

 

Inspired by my stay in June 2013 in the Pine
Needles cabin right on the edge of the St. Croix

(in rain, rain, rain) & the stories of people I met
and talked to along the river….

 “River tales & dreams”
paintings and Talking Suitcases         
by Susan Armington                       

Exhibit in two locations:
Marine Public Library*
 
and Christ Lutheran Church**
      
Nov. 30 – Jan. 22

 Special 175th Anniversary of Marine on St. Croix PUBLIC EVENT:

“Tell your own River Stories”

Christ Lutheran Church**

Jan 11, Sunday 2-4 pm

* Marine Community Library, 121 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN    
651-433-2820    www.marinecommunitylibrary.org

 **Christ Lutheran Church, 150 Fifth Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN    
651-433-3222   www.clcmarine.org 

 

 

OPEN STUDIO – NOV 22

Join me for an afternoon & evening gathering -
 Open Studio, Saturday NOV 22 from 2-8 pm. 

It's part of a larger event in the California Building, with many studios open.  
 Please stop by and visit!

River art, Map art, Talking Suitcases, & Tiny art in frames
 enjoy some snacks, drinks, and relaxed conversation…

Studio #501 2205 California St. NE, Mpls 55418 (See below for directions)

September 4 – October 11, 2014

 

New series of river paintings –
 
images of people's stories floating down the St. Croix River

Inspired by my stay in June 2013 in the Pine Needles cabin right on the edge of the St. Croix (in rain, rain, rain) & the stories of people I met and talked to along the river.  My work was supported by a 2013 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. 

A Bend in the River
Susan Armington & Tom Maakestad
ArtReach St. Croix Gallery* in Stillwater 

Opening Reception is Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6- 8 pm. 
“River Reading” event on Oct 2,  7:00 pm (to be confirmed)

* ArtReach St. Croix Gallery,
224 North 4th St, Stillwater (across from the library)
651-439-1465

www.ArtReachStCroix.org

Gallery Hours:

Wed-Fri 10 am – 4 pm
Saturdays 12pm – 4 pm

 


 
 

 

 

 

 

Ice-melt River Art Party! 

March 29 (Saturday) 5-8 pm
At  ART START Gallery
1459 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul

Free! 

SEE: Susan Armington’s River Art & Suitcase stories
WRITE:  River haiku
MAKE: Origami boats

EAT: Spring Rolls
LAUNCH:  A flying fish wish for spring

CELEBRATE: Rivers & SPRING!

*Susan Armington is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

 

 

March 15 (Saturday) - Today!
Creating a Community Mandala

3:00-4:00 pm in the Rotunda of the Target Wing of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts,  

FREE!   All are welcome.

part of the Sacred Salon Series, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Inspired by the Tibetan sand mandala, Susan Armington and Leslie Ball will  lead a workshop to create a transient community mandala that proceeds from the outer world inward, marking each level by symbolic objects about participants lives and hopes for the future.   The resulting patterned circle will remain on view for the remainder of the day, till its elements are swept up and returned for reuse in the world.  Music to inspire us by Leslie Ball.

If you wish, you may bring a small object that fits in the palm of your hand to symbolize something you want to let go.

Open Studio Winter Escape! (an art flu shot)

 

DEC 14 (Saturday)
3:30pm - Talking Suitcases & River Stories  
4:30 pmYuichi, Charles, Tomo in the new TOCHYU Trioplay BACH!

Studio #501 in the California Building (See below for the direction)

www.californiabuilding.com
                      (612) 578-9655

Or just enjoy seeing new art, the Downtown view, and catching up-

Susan Armington’s OPEN STUDIO  * DEC 13-14

Friday:  5-9 pm

Saturday: 12-6pm

part of  California Dreamin’

 

Fall workshops with Susan Armington

 

 

Nov. 3 (Sunday) 1:30- 3 pm
River Stories!  Along the Lac qui Parle and Beyond….
At the Lac qui Parle County Museum  
Madison, MN
Free! 

Celebrate local rivers and creeks!   Artist Susan Armington, , and the Lac qui Parle County Museum invite you to an afternoon of art & stories, music and refreshments.
Susan will exhibit new River Map Art about the Lac qui Parle River*, and we’ll hear stories – past and present - about this meandering river by local adventurers and storytellers. We then invite you to share your own stories about a local river with a partner and write up a page or two to give Susan for possible inclusion in her new River Maps about the region.
For more information, contact
lqphistorycenter@lqpco.com> 
*Susan Armington is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropiation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

Oct.19-20 (Sat-Sun) and/or Oct. 26 (Sat)
Talking Suitcases workshops at Earthrise Farm
Madison, MN 

Talking Suitcases™ is an art-based process for exploring life stories and what matters to us most, led by artist Susan Armington.  We make story objects from everyday materials like fabric, boxes, papers, wire, beads, and hot glue and arrange them in a suitcase.   In the process of giving shape to our stories, we reflect on our lives and listen deeply to others.  At the end of the workshops, all are invited to present their Talking Suitcases at CORNSTOCK - a Community Celebration at  with food, music, and stories held at Earthrise Farm, Oct. 27, 4- 8 pm.

OCTOBER 19 -20 - Saturday(9-4) and Sunday (1-4)  - $90 includes both days
OCTOBER 26  Saturday (9-4) $60
(Lunch is provided: please bring a suitcase!)

erfarm@hotmail.com
www.farmstayus.com/farm/Minnesota/Earthrise_Farm

 

Oct 5-6 (Friday-Saturday)    

Shelters of the Heart-
  Portable Sanctuaries      
6-9 pm, 9am-3pm 
McCabe Retreat Center, Duluth, MN

. We will create portable sanctuaries for our inner selves, our relationships with others, and a dwelling for the sacred using mixed media.  No art experience necessary!

Facilitators:  Susan Armington and Marilyn Mayry, a writing instructor at Lake Superior College who has facilitated numerous writing groups

Suggested Donation: $90, includes lunch and materials.   Register early – open to first 15 registrations.  Overnight stays at McCabe are available for long distance travelers at $50 per night (simple breakfast included).

http://duluthbenedictines.org/ministries/mccabe-renewal-center/program-offerings/

Sept 14 (Saturday)  Arcola Mills,  9am-noon   
 1905 Arcola Trail North, Stillwater, MN 55082
These Roots, This Stone: Finding a Sense of Place through Art

This workshop focuses on deepening the sense of connection to the natural world and to a particular place through outdoor art-making.   Led by artist Susan Armington and artist/biologist Bonnie Ploger, we will use an intuitive process to gather natural objects and make outdoor art on the grounds. We will reflect on our creations individually and as a group, searching out their different qualities and seeing them as metaphors for our inner selves and what connects us most deeply to nature. No art experience necessary!  Ages 13 and older.

 

651-439-1652   Pre-registration required.
$25
Facilitators: Susan Armington & Bonnie Ploger,

 Artists-in-Residence at Pine Needles, June 2013

http://arcolamills.org/participate-in-special-programs


 
 
 

Open Studio part of  Art-a-Whirl

- May 17-19 2013

 
Friday:  5-9 pm
Saturday: 12-8pm (no Susan from 2 to 5) *
  *Niko's graduation
Sunday: 12-5pm
Add your stories to new River Maps:
the Mississippi, the St. Croix & Lac qui Parle
(
Sunday 1-3pm with Susan)

Map art, tiny compass paintings and a beautiful view of Downtown!

Studio #501 in the California Building

www.californiabuilding.com
                      (612) 578-9655

 

 

For map and directions, see below.      


 
 

Shelters of the Heart –part of Summer Institute in Spirituality and the Arts,UTS

In this workshop we will build small shelters--for our inner selves, for our relationships with others and as a dwelling for the sacred. We'll explore interiors and exteriors and the ways in which different surfaces and materials can offer space for dialogue and a space to build our visions. We will create "portable sanctuaries" using mixed media, papers, fabrics, beads and imagination. No art experience necessary!

1:15-3:45 pm,  June 11-14, 2013 (Tuesday-Friday)

United Theological Seminary, 3000 Fifth St NW, New Brighton, 55112 info@unitedseminary.edu

 

Creation of Community “Water Map” at the Weisman Art Museum,

June 26, 2012.

As part of a Community Day with the Weisguides, I created  an 11' x7' collaborative map of Water Stories with visitors who cut out bodies of water that were special to them, and wrote one-line stories about what they did there. I added the water shapes and handwritten stories to a mixed media map that was exhibited in the Fiterman Gallery at the Weisman Art Museum.

 

 

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Susan at work ...

   

 

Sabes Tychman Shapiro Gallery at the Sabes JCC

August 23-Oct. 18 2012  "From Parchment to Pages" Exhibit

Opening Reception, Sept 9. 6-8 pm

 

The exhibit showcased old Hebrew prayer books to contemporary book art, including my Jerusalem Stone paintings. 3-D Mt. Sinai made out of the Ten Commandments, and Geography of Home, the 6 ft. x 9 ft. map of the Twin Cities made out of the words and languages of people who live there.

 

 

Youth Employment Exhibit at ILO (May, 2012, Geneva, Switzerland) 

 

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