Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Washington Co-op invites public to Arts Smorgasbord Saturday, Dec. 11

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Washington Studios Artists’ Co-op becomes lively with the Arts Smorgasbord --a Sensory Delight, featuring an all co-op members’ exhibit, performing arts, and open studios on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For one Saturday each holiday season, the artists of Washington Studios Co-op come alive, showcasing their artistic talents and opening up their home to the community. Everything from paintings and photography to jewelry and homemade dog biscuits will be available for viewing and purchase.

“We decided to call this year’s show an Arts Smorgasbord because of the variety of things available,” says Russ Gran, a 14-year resident of artists’ cooperative. Nature photographer is hosting his third annual open studio, giving the community a peek behind the scenes at his process. Other residents will be exhibiting their art and fine crafts during the all co-op exhibit in the Washington Gallery.

“I believe this show will end the year in style,” says Washington’s performance chair, Shantell Sumpter. “There promises to be something different than what we’ve done in the past and we may have a few surprises in store.” This year’s musical performances will include a house band ensemble led by local accomplished musician Russ Sackett, as well as acoustic performances by Emma Rustan. The night will end with a traditional crowd favorite all co-op jam band performance.

Washington Studios Artists’ Co-op is located in the former Washington Junior High School at 315 N. Lake Ave. The Washington Gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 until 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Founded in 1996, Washington Studios Artists’ Cooperative, a community housing facility for artists, fosters the arts by providing a nurturing environment in which artists can create, exhibit, perform, conduct business and live safely and affordably. The co-op is owned by Artspace Projects, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, and managed by Bowman Properties of Duluth.