Exhibit endings

The “American visual art” exhibit in Moscow closed on January 1. I officially have artwork in a museum’s permanent collection now! I am still in awe at this amazing honor!

Tomorrow “Open doors” closes in St. Cloud. The closing reception is from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the public library. Six pieces sold the first night, so there are only 4 pieces left for purchase.

Want to listen to the latest news? Listen to WJON 1240 and hear my interview about both of these exhibits!


A look back at 2012

This is a list of all the FIRSTS for herARTS in Action in 2012. What a blessed year!
– Selected for New York gallery exhibit which won an international silver medal in surrealism and ended up exhibiting a total of three times at the gallery (New York Realism Fine Art)
– Selected for Moscow exhibit which was the first time Americans were allowed to exhibit in the museum and Russia’s first international exhibition of American visual artists and was asked to leave artwork for the museum’s permanent collection (New York Realism Fine Art)
– Created solo exhibit, “Open Doors,” in honor of Moscow event at Great River Regional Library and 6 of the 10 pieces sold the first night (St. Cloud Arts Commission)
– Received an invitation to have a solo exhibit at the River’s Edge Convention Center in Spring 2013 (Visual Arts MN)
– Media coverage: St. Cloud Times, Long Prairie Leader, University Chronicle, SCSU and SCTCC websites/social media, Great River Regional Library, aroundthecloud.org, Arte Fuse, Scheduled for 2013: SCSU Outlook, SCTCC In Works
– Participated in two Art Crawls at Le St. Germain Suite Hotels
– Registered for juried show in St. Cloud that will take place in 2013 (Visual Arts MN)
– Asked to teach community education art classes to youth to take place in 2013 (St. Cloud Community Education)
– Facilitated two conference sessions on racism and art as a social change tool (Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative)
– Received $200 from United Way for Central MN Sustainability Project to do art in the garden with refugee children
– Got the name, logo, website domain, twitter, pinterest, etsy, etc. for herARTS in Action
Other mentionables:
– Participated in four local art exhibits and sketchbook (Visual Arts MN)
– Increase presence and likes on Facebook (including people that don’t even know me!)

Exhibits open

The “Open Doors” opening had about 40 visitors! Thank you to everyone that came to show their support. 6 of the 10 pieces sold! The exhibit will close on January 5th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

In just mere hours, the “American Art Styles” exhibit will open in Moscow! I have been asked to leave work to be a part of the permanent collection! The blessings just keep coming.

I’ve been fortunate enough to receive press for the exhibits. Check them out:

St. Cloud Times: http://www.sctimes.com/article/20121209/LIFE/312090005/Sauk-Rapids-artist-uses-work-bring-awareness-help-Burkina-Faso-people?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7C&nclick_check=1

Long Prairie Leader: http://lpleader.com/articles/2012/12/17/news/local_news/doc50c7508153b19079781873.txt

St. Cloud State University: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.asp?pubID=3&issueID=33982&storyID=39679

Open Doors

I won an International silver medal at a New York gallery this summer and as a result was invited to exhibit at Marina Tsvetaeva Museum and Cultural Center in Moscow, Russia in December. We are the first Americans allowed to exhibit there. To commemorate this history, I am having my first solo art exhibit, “Open Doors,” the month of December at Great River Regional Library- St. Cloud, with an opening ceremony December 6. 

As I researched Marina certain words stuck out, and I envisioned paintings based on these themes. Famine and poverty was a central theme throughout Marina’s life. As an upcycle artist, I had cupboard doors which I saw as representative of what Marina didn’t have. There were ten doors, ten words and Marina had ten collections of lyrical poetry~ “Open Doors.”

“The ART of MN Nice”

I will be facilitating “The ART of MN Nice” at the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) and the Overcoming Racism Conference on November 16 & 17 in Minneapolis.


Conference theme: Minnesota Not So Nice – Why We Say So

Sarah Drake has a Master’s of Science degree in Social Responsibility and is a doctoral candidate at the U of MN. She is an advocate for others whom are marginalized and uses art to create spaces for their voices to be heard and a common ground for dialogues to occur. Art can be both a colonizing and decolonizing tool and MN nice can blur the line of distinction when people mean well. In this session, learn how to 1) identify racism in art, 2) create social change through art, and 3) bring people together to create healing and community.

After some technical difficulties, I’m back! In the last two months I participated in my first Art Crawl, was invited to teach some art classes and returned to NYC for another exhibit! This time around I have 4 pieces displayed in Manhattan. I also delivered the 2 pieces for the exhibit at the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum and Cultural Center in Moscow Russia that will be displayed in December. I learned that we are the first group of Americans allowed to exhibit in the museum. I am so honored!

“Whose Liberty?”

Continue reading

I am honored to receive the silver medal for surrealism in the international juried fine arts exhibition “Earth, Time & People” from February-July 2012 by New York Realism Fine Art. Michael Prettyman was the Jury Chair. I exhibited in July during the “Fantasy” exhibit curated by Berik Kulmamirov.

Continue reading